Teaching Strategies

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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Effective Modeling: 4 Key Components

Effective Modeling: 4 Key Components

It’s now widely recognized that teachers must teach students the routines of the classroom. This is actually a shift. Years ago, it was often just assumed that kids should know how to walk respectfully in the halls, get supplies and move around the room efficiently, and work

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A Few Classroom Design Ideas

A Few Classroom Design Ideas

Setting up classroom spaces has always been one of my favorite things to do as a teacher. Now, as a consultant, I love helping other teachers think of fun and practical ideas for designing great learning spaces. Last year, a brave teacher and I completely reworked her

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Reclaiming Teacher Autonomy Through Choice

One of the most devastating effects of the standardization movement—with its pressures to conform and emphasis on accountability through high-stakes testing—has been the stripping of teacher autonomy—our power to make informed decisions about how best to meet the needs of our students. As we have been forced

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When Students Learn to Choose, They Choose to Learn

Note: This article first appeared on Learning Personalized in April, 2016: http://www.learningpersonalized.com/students-learn-choose-choose-learn/. Thanks go out to my friend and colleague, Allison Zmuda, who originally published the post!   I was recently working with a group of high school teachers, and they voiced a concern that I’ve heard

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Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Promoting a Growth Mindset: An Activity to Try

Many schools are working hard to help promote a growth mindset in their students. I recently facilitated a learning session with a group of teachers that I’d like to pass along. It is a simple activity that yielded some powerful thinking and concrete strategies. I encourage you

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Uncle Curmudgeon: Stop Preparing Kids for Next Year!

Dear Kennari- Greetings once again from Sweet Meadow Acres for Retired Teachers. I only have a few minutes to write today, so let’s get right to it, shall we? In your last letter, you mentioned that you’re overwhelmed with everything you need to do to prepare your

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When Work Is Its Own Reward

You have just finished teaching a lesson, and as you direct students to get started on their work, a familiar chorus echoes across the room, causing your heart to sink. What do we get for doing this? Do we have to do the whole thing? Are we

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Uncle Curmudgeon Grumps about “Exceeds the Standard”

Uncle Curmudgeon Grumps about “Exceeds the Standard”

Every now and then, I come across a letter from Uncle Curmudgeon, an old retired teacher, to his niece, Kennari, an aspiring new one. I’m happy to pass another along! Dear Kennari- So! You’ve signed up for your first committee! And you aren’t messing around with something

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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.