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Professional Development Articles

What's your problem?

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Einstein made two memorable remarks about articulating questions."Knowledge is having the right answer. " "Intelligence is asking the rightquestion."And, "If I had an hour to solve a problem and life depended on it,I would take the first 55 minutes determining the proper questionto ask." Seymour Sarsons, one of America's original thinkers about public education, poses the critical question," What…

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How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions. By Youki Terada Strategies that target students’ metacognition—the ability to think about thinking—can close a gap that some students experience between how prepared they feel for a test and how prepared they actually are. In a new study, students in an introductory…

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More Talking in Math, Please

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Talking about math helps elementary students deepen their understanding. Use these three tips to get the conversation started. By Jeannie Curtis Walk into a classroom in the middle of a math talk and you’ll see the students gathered in a circle, taking turns showing each other math strategies and questioning each other about the accuracy and efficiency of their solutions. The students are sharing…

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Writing Strategies for Students with ADHD

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Too often, students with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) get labeled as "problem students." They often get shuffled into special education programs even if they show no signs of developmental disability. Though these students' brains do work differently, studies prove that it doesn't preclude them from being highly intelligent. That means teachers should pay special attention to help…

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Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

These brain breaks and focused-attention practices can help students cope with stress and trauma and focus on their learning. By Dr. Lori Desautels   The trauma and adversity that students are carrying into classrooms are changing how educators need to address learning and academic performance. Fifty-one percent of children in public schools live in low-income households, and when poverty levels…

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