Summertime is a crucial period of rest for students, but as educators we know minds should stay active to retain the year’s learning and ensure brains “stay in shape” till back to school season. So how do we balance giving our students time to recharge, while keeping them academically engaged? The key is to provide […]
Category: Student Centered
To support our pilot schools’ desires to build student ownership, we’ve expanded assignments and the ability to trace a student’s journey to mastery.
It’s the time of year to help students pinpoint areas of interest and encourage them to explore those further. As the year comes to a close, student motivation can start to slip. When the weather warms up, it’s okay to admit that some students may be counting down the days until their summer vacations start. […]
“Imagine you will be teaching a class full of Sheldons from The Big Bang Theory.” That is how teaching students with unique learning was introduced to me as I interviewed for my current teaching position at a boarding school designed to support these challenges. The majority of my students are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder […]
When I started teaching, I relied heavily on the “I do, we do, you do” or gradual release of responsibility (GRR) method of delivering instruction. This method can be useful when students are introduced to new content with no prior knowledge. However, I noticed my students became increasingly dependent on me to give them the information they […]
“Yo Mister, that ain’t right!” I’m teaching test prep in a Title I High School, in a part of Brooklyn that’s not portrayed on Girls, leading a rambunctious group of previously failing students through a content-review of the Cold War; exploring the difference between capitalism and communism. One particularly volatile student, Jonathan, is decrying the […]