The New Tech Network Classroom Walkthrough Tool is connected to their School Success Rubric, a key tool for defining school progress and outcomes. COO Tim Presiado said the rubric “reflects both our organization’s values and research supported educational priorities to insure that all students graduate prepared for college, careers, and civic life.”
If you think it's too hard to return schools to healthier hours, here's a sampling of schools in 44 states that have done it already or are doing it in the next school year. While some of these schedules aren't ideal, they all give students a chance for healthier sleep than the typical American middle or high school.
CNN recently reported on research that looked at young children who underwent brain scans while listening to a story. The research found that when parents read to their children, the difference not only shows in children’s behavior and academic performance, but it also shows in their brain activity.
we recognized that just grading the final product did not provide enough insight into the work that these students were doing as digital writers. We needed a more robust language for talking about student work and, in turn, what we could learn from it as teachers.
We’re currently enmeshed in a high-pressure approach to learning that starts with homework being assigned in kindergarten and even preschool. Homework dominates after-school time in many households and has been dubbed the 21st century’s “new family dinner.” Overtired children complain and collapse. Exasperated parents cajole and nag. These family fights often ends in tears, threats, and parents secretly finishing their kid’s homework.
Anyone who closely follows the debate about the value of homework at different grades knows about a famous meta-analysis of previous research on the subject, published in 2006 by researcher Harris Cooper and colleagues, which found that homework in elementary school does not contribute to academic achievement. You might think that educators would have taken that to heart, but because research rarely informs educational policy, it didn’t.
Observations are hard work, but we know that when done right they are worth the effort. There is nothing better than seeing student engagement in a creative space with a focus on learning. I have walked into some observations drained from the noise of the day and walked out of those observations inspired to learn from another one.
One of the ways to have observations with more impact is for administrators to take on the instructional coaching philosophy in their school. In order for school leaders to provide RTI to their teachers, they need to work in partnership (Knight) with their teachers on a co-constructed goal.
SAMR features four levels that help trainers incorporate digital learning tools and platforms into their lesson plans, thereby bringing the benefits of modern technology into the corporate training environment.
From Michael Horn - Innovating within existing schools is critical. Society created our current system of age-graded classrooms to serve a large number of students in the most economically efficient way possible by standardizing the way we teach and test. We must change this—in both old and new schools.
From Alice Keeler - This is an updated writing journal from my previous blog post. Taking advantage of the new outline tool in Google Docs by including headers within the document. This makes it easy to jump to the current journal entry of a student. Unlike the table of contents, the outline in the left margin of the screen updates automatically.