Maintaining School Momentum as Learning Moves Home

Maintaining School Momentum as Learning Moves Home

You’ve spent the whole year building a community of learners. You’ve established rules and routines to help learners manage themselves and work well with each other. Now, with schoolwork potentially moving offsite, you still want to support your students as best you can. How can you help

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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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Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

“If I give my students choice, I’m worried they’re going to make bad choices,” I often hear teachers say. “They’re just going to choose the easiest option. Or, they’re going to choose what their friends choose.” There’s no doubt that sometimes students will make poor choices. They

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