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What is Self-Differentiation?

What is Self-Differentiation?

How Sharing Control of Learning with Students Make Differentiation Better Too often, differentiation (especially when it’s called differentiated instruction) places nearly all of the responsibility and work for differentiation in the teacher’s court. This often results in teachers feeling like they need to create separate activities and

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Spark Passion and Purpose with Independent Research

Spark Passion and Purpose with Independent Research

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Revisiting Routines in January

You invested hours and hours of time and energy in the first six weeks of school teaching and practicing routines, and it made a huge difference. Students knew what to do and how to do it, and your classroom (usually) ran smoothly. Now, your students have justRead more

Teacher Resolutions that Work

For teachers, the return from the holiday break provides a perfect time to reflect. What has gone well so far this year? What could be better? I’d like to offer a bit of advice if you’re considering a New Year’s resolution—both some general ideas to keep in

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Teachers and Parents: Three Strategies to Help Focus on this Year, not Next

Teachers and Parents: Three Strategies to Help Focus on this Year, not Next

Today’s post comes to us from good friend and colleague, Kristen Vincent. To learn more about Kristen and her work, check out her bio at the end of this post! Many teachers and families are wrapping up the fall season of back-to-school nights, open house events, curriculum

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Teaching Math without Homework

I have always struggled with assigning math homework. I hate the idea of busywork, so work that seems too easy feels like a waste of time. Then again, assignments that are challenging don’t work either since I’m not there to support students when they need coaching. I

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Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

Overcoming the October Blues: Six Competence-Boosting Strategies

In response to a recent Well-Balanced Teacher Facebook post about teacher burnout, a teacher quipped: “When it’s only a month into the school year and people already feel burnt out, stressed, and overwhelmed, there is a problem!” So why is October such a hard month for some

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How Well Do You Know Your Students?

How Well Do You Know Your Students?

The first weeks of school are winding down. The weather is cooling off and academic work is heating up. This is a great time to reflect on the relationships you’re building with your class. How well do you know your students? How well do your students know

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Math Teachers: Avoid the Homework Doom Loop

Math Teachers: Avoid the Homework Doom Loop

Math teachers, I have a warning for you. (Cue ominous music.) There’s a trap that’s lurking around the corner—one that many of us fall into at some point. (Cue increasingly ominous music.) And once you’re in, it’s hard to escape. It’s called…the Homework Doom Loop. (Cue anguished

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45 Routines to Teach in the First Weeks of School: A Good Start

45 Routines to Teach in the First Weeks of School: A Good Start

There are so many routines to teach early in the school year–it can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you begin? Of course, there is no one right answer–no definitive list. One way to start is to think about ones your students need to successfully navigate the

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Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.