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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Many teachers we know enjoy teaching students how to wield one of the most powerful thinking tools: metacognition, or the ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning. Students who do not learn how to “manage” themselves well as they proceed through school experience more setbacks, become discouraged and disengaged from learning, and tend to have lower academic performance….read more

The Six Major Trends in Digital Learning

Digital learning (e-learning, if you must) has been with us for a while now, but the direction it’s taking us hasn’t always been clear. Now, at last, figures are emerging in the fog, and we can see where this is taking us. New techniques in teaching and learning, which take full advantage of the digital possibilities, and, as with other digital economies, a focus on the learner (‘user’) rather than the teacher of the school….read more

Kids Get Better Grades When They Share Similarities With Teachers

A new study suggests that a simple getting-to-know-you exercise might improve classroom relationships and even close the achievement gap. The teacher-student relationship impacts every aspect of the educational experience. When students don’t feel safe, respected, or truly known by their teacher, they are less likely to invest and engage in their education….read more

Not Just Group Work – Productive Group Work!

We know that group work can be instructionally effective, but only if it is productive. We don’t just want busywork when students work in groups — we want learning! Work doesn’t always create learning, an idea that many teachers still struggle with. So how do we create that structure for productive group work?…read more

A Well-Made Gradual Release Of Responsibility Model

The gradual release of responsibility model is a key tenet of formal learning, from basketball courts to apprenticeships to academic classrooms. In short, show me, help me, let me implies a lot….read more

Avoiding Obsolescence: 13 Standards For A Near-Future School

In 2014, an “unconnected classroom”—that is, one without social components, digital media output, authentic and highly visible school-to-school and school-to-community functions, and personal learning for each student through mobile and adaptive technology for each student—is seen as appropriately cautious. By 2024, that same classroom will be seen as pedagogically absent and professionally negligent, and be leaning towards obsolescence….read more