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Starting down the road to project-based learning with a teaching staff that had been trained and experienced in an instructional program with a bias toward direct teacher-led instruction can be a bumpy journey. Project-based learning requires not only a new paradigm but also that the teacher develop such habits as a focus on the student role in learning and fostering creative problem solving.
As education shifts its focus toward grit and as candidates lay out their wishful campaign platforms, how do we enable students to sustain their hope for the future as a new president takes over?
The journey to accomplished teaching is a marathon. What should the first steps look like? Educators Rising Standards are the teaching profession’s answer to this vital question. Created with support from the National Education Association (NEA), who provided a generous grant award for their development, the standards will form the backbone for secondary-based “grow your own” efforts [...]
By Anna-Ruth Allen and Caitlin Farrell In their February 2015 Phi Delta Kappan article, Marco A. Muñoz and Robert J. Rodosky from Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky offer a valuable school district perspective on how arrangements between research partners and districts can be more or less productive, and how the benefits from these partnerships [...]
By Deena Skolnick Weisberg, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff In a November 2015 article in Phi Delta Kappan. Fuson et al. propose a variety of strategies for involving young students in math education, merging our best current understanding of what children need to succeed in school with our knowledge of how children learn best — [...]
By Joseph Murphy A few months ago, the School Reform Forensic Detective Agency unearthed and completed autopsies on the bodies of the last three generations of the School Reform Family. Using "data driven" protocols, they uncovered that all the family members died from one of three causes. First, almost no one really wanted the reforms to [...]
By Joanne Kelleher Differentiated instruction can be a tough sell in educational circles. Some of the resistance can be attributed to misconceptions about what it is and how to do it. Mike Schmoker’s criticism of differentiated instruction (http://mikeschmoker.com/pedagogic-fads.html) gave a voice and a rationale to those who found it too difficult or confusing to implement. [...]