Should Elementary Teachers Specialize in Content?

Should Elementary Teachers Specialize in Content?

A school-based content coach wrote to me because her K-5 school is considering moving toward content specialization. This means that at each grade level, teachers would focus on specific content areas and kids would change classes throughout the day. She wondered, is this beneficial for children? (This

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Can Teachers Offer Choice in the Midst of Scripted Programs?

The Dilemma You want to offer students choices about what they learn or how the learn it. Engagement would be higher and you could offer differentiated options to meet the needs of various learners. However, you’re saddled with a scripted program, and choice isn’t built in. (OrRead more

How Do You Promote Intrinsic Motivation at School When Kids Get Extrinsic Motivators at Home?

A teacher recently wrote me an email asking for some advice about student motivation. She graciously agreed to let my answer morph into a blog post.   I just finished listening to your ASCD webinar about language.  I found your presentation thoughtful, informative, and practical.  My question for

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