April 12, 2013
Bryan Harris is the Director of Professional Development and Public Relations for the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Casa Grande, AZ. His dynamic and practical presentations make him a sought after speaker and consultant. He has presented to thousands of educators across the country on the topics of student engagement, classroom management, motivation, and brain-based learning.
In this clip from 7 Easy-to-Use Conversational Strategies for the Common Core, Bryan Harris discusses his favorite conversational strategy: Fish Bowl.Read more…
April 11, 2013
Activities, Games, and Assessment Strategies for the Foreign Language Classroom by Amy Buttner provides easy-to-use resources to help you write fun lesson plans. This tip, Off the Top of My Head..., allows students to practice their vocabulary, recall, and writing skills while using their creativity to write a short story/letter or answer short questions.Read more…
April 10, 2013
In Teaching Critical Thinking: Using Seminars for 21st Century Thinking, Terry Roberts and Laura Billings show how a seminar approach can lead students deeper into a text and improve their speaking, listening, and writing skills, as recommended by the Common Core State Standards. This tip examines how to create and define speaking, listening, and thinking goals and provides examples of where to begin for each.
An individual participant contributes to thoughtful dialogue not only by speaking, but also by listening and thinking. Although speaking is fairly simple to track, measuring listening and thinking skills is much more complicated. It bears repeating that speaking, listening, and thinking are all important habits we practice in dialogue. Therefore, all are skills that need to be coached and assessed.Read more…
April 09, 2013
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helps students take more ownership over their learning with authentic, problem-based assignments. Nancy Sulla shows teachers how to create problem-based learning activities, design rubrics that drive instruction, differentiate learning, use technology effectively, and physically design a classroom to motivate students. In this video clip, Nancy discusses what qualifies as a Distinguished/Highly Effective ("4") Teacher
and how a learner-centered classroom helps teachers get to that coveted fourth column during teacher evaluations.
April 08, 2013
The following guest post was written by Annette Breaux, author of 101 Poems for Teachers in honor of National Poetry Month. Annette is an internationally-renowned educator, author, and speaker. She is the author of the bestselling 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors. She has also coauthored books with Harry Wong and Todd Whitaker. She may be contacted at AnnetteLBreaux@yahoo.com or on Twitter @AnnetteBreaux.
If you know me, have heard me speak, or have read my writings, you already know I love to write poetry. When asked to write this post, I first considered telling why poetry is important and how it has the power to affect lives. Instead, I’ve decided to prove that.Read more…
April 08, 2013
The following blog post was written by Paul Boyd-Batstone.To read more newsworthy blog posts from Eye On Education, subscribe to our Insights eNewsletters.Read more…
The unique characteristics of beginning-level English language learners (ELLs) present a major challenge for classroom teachers trying to meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Beginning ELLs require strategic supports to learn and to participate in class. However, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) focus on results and do not define how ELLs will meet their academic expectations.
April 05, 2013
supervises first-year teachers and consults with school districts on critical thinking, instructional strategies, assessment, technology integration, and other topics. She has taught middle and high school and was named Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Council for Social Studies. As a middle-school principal, she focused on aligning curriculum, increasing the level of critical thinking in assessments and instruction, and establishing a school-wide discipline plan. Currently, she serves as an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, teaching assessment and unit-planning courses in the teacher education program.
In this video
Dr. Stobaugh discusses the five steps to Inductive Learning and how to integrate this learning strategy into your classroom.
April 04, 2013
In our monthly eNews, we bring you the latest education news, resources, and classroom ideas from the Eye On Education Blog and other blogs we read. Click below for our favorite educational blog posts from the past month.
April 03, 2013
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis. For more insight from Lauren Davis, check out her book series Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans: Ready-to-Use Resources.
The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others” (emphasis mine). Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).Read more…
April 01, 2013
Spring is officially here, and we're sure your students are just as happy as you are! School is almost over, the weather is warm, and you might have a hard time getting students to focus. Here are 6 fun activities we're sure your students will enjoy!Read more…
March 30, 2013
I believe that the BIGGEST mistake any teacher will ever make is one that most teachers make on a daily basis. Here it is: We let students know when they get to us. It’s not our feelings that determine who we are to others, but rather our actions. And one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish as a teacher is the ability to control your actions and maintain your composure at all costs. Yes, students will try you. They will work on your nerves, but...Read more…
March 29, 2013
has worked as a literacy coach and a literacy specialist in rural and urbaln districts in Northeast Ohio. She is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University at Stark where she teachers courses in literacy to both preservice and practicing teachers.
In this video clip
from 5 Easy Content-Area Strategies for the Common Core: Do This—Not That
, Lori discusses a strategy for choosing which words to teach.
March 28, 2013
After having served in urban, suburban, and rural schools as a teacher and literacy coach, Lori Wilfong currently works with practicing teachers and those in training at Kent State University, Stark. She is the author of Vocabulary Strategies That Work: Do This—Not That!, published by Eye On Education.
In this podcast, Lori discusses her approach to professional development, "Do This—Not That," which helps educators avoid common misunderstandings about the Common Core State Standards.Read more…
March 28, 2013
In The 6 Keys to Teacher Engagement, Cathie E. West provides tools and guidance for education leaders at all levels to engage teachers in the process of increasing student achievement. This tip discusses three ways to successfully engage teachers at your next faculty meeting of professional development event.Read more…