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The Problem with, "Show Me  the Research" Thinking

The Problem with, "Show Me the Research" Thinking

Understanding the limitations of education research and accepting responsibility for contributing to moving it forward

Most studies in education are observational studies. This means that investigators pore over data previously collected by others. They seek correlations between different variables. This approach is far less expensive...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Graphic Representations of Student Achievement

Let's interpret the data as it's written: 80, 90, 0, check, check-minus, absent, 55, 87, absent, 77, one day late 90, check, 90, check, 12, 91, check, check, 88, absent, 84, check, check, check, check, check, absent,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Building Empathy

We all know that late-in-the-day feeling—we’ve taught the same lesson in each of four class periods, and there’s still one more to go. In this 5th period, we’re on automatic pilot, relying on...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
Memorization Still Matters

Memorization Still Matters

Benefits of quick access to working memory and 25 memorization techniques

In a world in which we can always look things up, memorization still matters. Depending on the situation, engagement, meaning, progress, expediency, and safety are increased significantly if participants have the...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching

Contributing by Writing

Writing for education publications is a thrill. It’s synergistic, too. Writing about teaching makes us better teachers, and teaching students makes us better writers. And though we may not realize it at first,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Confronting Our Assumptions and Biases

When my wife and I were thinking of names for our children, and yes, our dogs, they were difficult conversations. As you probably understand, some of the students I've taught through the years were particularly rough...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Principles First

Principles First

Effective teachers strive to make their actions reflect their principles.

The afternoon is a rush of activity. Your mind is on hyper switch-tasking mode, denying the growing reality that you'll never get it all done. On the way to the school office to pick up your mail, grab your lunch bag...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
Getting to Know Our Students

Getting to Know Our Students

A successful school year starts—and continues—with knowing well the students we serve

One of the highest forms of respect around the world is to prove to someone that we really know them, and that we see them as worth knowing. We can connect with the grumpiest of individuals when we prove such things,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Humor? Yes, Please!

Humor? Yes, Please!

Embracing humor in the classroom invites creativity, reduces stress, and enhances retention

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." – Victor Borge In my first year of teaching, I taught kindergarten. There are moments from that year that parallel later moments teaching middle...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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It's Worth Getting Up to Speed on School Law

It's Worth Getting Up to Speed on School Law

Knowing laws that affect educators can clarify rights and responsibilities and minimize negative consequences

A few years ago, a colleague of mine at a local middle school lamented that he had to stop being a volunteer leader for his church's youth group. When I asked him why, he said he had heard someone on talk radio say...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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