Katrina Schwartz

Developing Students’ Ability to Give and Take Effective Feedback

When Emerie Lukas was hired to develop and teach a STEM Foundations course to middle school students at the Dayton Regional STEM School, she was starting from scratch. The stated goal of the course was to prepare students for more rigorous work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes in high school, but Lukas knew that meant far more than academic preparation.

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How to Embed Foundational English Skills In Meaningful Work

Many teachers are seeking ways to better help their English language learner students, who often have additional challenges to overcome. These students are learning English alongside all the content standards, and some have had their education disrupted by life transitions. The challenges that face them are many, but there are strategies to help them develop language and academic skills.

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How Making an Impact on the World Motivates Students

Many schools are moving to project-based learning as a way to help students make meaning about content in deeper and more lasting ways than a lecture can provide. While those goals are clear to educators, and inspiring examples of schools successfully implementing the pedagogy exist, it can still be a challenging shift for many teachers. It is difficult to design projects that both help students learn required content and that genuinely interest them.

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Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature

Jigsaw activities are not a new innovation in education. Teachers have been using the strategy for years  because it blends independent work with the power of group work to extend learning. John Hattie even found that it was one of the only activities in his model that helped students acquire and consolidate both surface and deep knowledge.

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Be The Change You Want To See

When Catlin Tucker pulled into the Windsor High parking lot for a staff professional development day at the end of Christmas break she was feeling less than inspired. She’d started to think that no matter what she tried in her traditional high school English classroom she wasn’t really preparing kids for the world they’d find in college and beyond. And she wasn’t optimistic that the jam-packed schedule of workshops would make her feel any better.

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Helping Teens Find Purpose: A Tool For Educators To Support Students’ Discovery

Classroom educators know better than anyone else how much of learning is built on the strength of relationships in the room. When students like and trust their teacher, they learn better. That’s why large class sizes and a focus on standardized test scores — to the exclusion of other things — frustrate many veteran teachers. They know those factors often hinder teachers’ ability to form relationships.

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Making Social Studies More Social for All Kindergarteners

This kindergarten classroom at Lafayette Elementary in San Francisco has both native English speakers and students who are still learning English. As teacher Elizabeth Iwaszewicz works to help her students understand the difference between fact and opinion she makes sure that students have multiple opportunities to talk with a “rug partner” so they can practice skills like listening and paraphrasing. Iwaszewicz has intentionally paired students so that English learners speak at least once with native English speakers.

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How the Google Suite Can Enhance Open-Ended Math Exploration

Stanford education professor Jo Boaler’s message about teaching math in visual ways that don’t emphasize one right procedure has become a rallying cry for many math educators ready for a seismic shift in how American schools teach mathematics. But her ideas also challenge much of what has been done in classrooms for decades, including the ways that current teachers and parents learned themselves.

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A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues

When Michael Essien became an administrator at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School in San Francisco it was immediately apparent that he needed to help teachers get behavior issues under control. If students acted out in class, teachers sent them to an in-school detention, where they waited for disciplinary action. Pretty soon, any kid who struggled with a lesson was trying to get sent to detention, thus avoiding challenging work that might be embarrassing. Essien could see too many kids were not learning in this dysfunctional system.

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A Literacy-Based Strategy to Help Teachers Integrate Science Skills

Many elementary school teachers love to teach reading and writing, but are less comfortable with science and math. It’s not a hard and fast truth, of course, but learning to read is a big focus of the early school years, so it makes sense that teachers who gravitate toward elementary school like teaching literacy.

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