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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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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Literacy Teachers: Rethink the Phrase, “Good Readers…”

Literacy Teachers: Rethink the Phrase, “Good Readers…”

If you teach reading and/or writing, there’s a good chance that when introducing a new concept or skill, you begin your lesson by saying some variation of, “Good readers….” “Good readers pay attention to context clues.” “Good writers add detail to important parts of their story.” “One

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