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Four Problems with "Show Me What You Know"

Four Problems with "Show Me What You Know"

Assessing student knowledge with meaningful, equitable, and student-centered approaches

Some teachers argue that to make assessment as personalized and inclusive as possible, we should just tell students to show us what they know about a given topic or process. For example, if they just studied...
Author: Lauren Porosoff
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Topics: Assessment
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What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

Four things for educators to consider in support of students

We’re five months into the pandemic and still dealing with many unknowns. We are dealing with whether school will be virtual, face-to-face, or a blend of both, and we don’t yet know the long-term toll...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC
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Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Pandemic challenges to schools provide opportunities to invigorate and transform instruction and assessment

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --Maya Angelou Blank stares fill the conference room, frustration palpable. "There's no way to do this. Some students are just not going to learn...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

The effects of a monumental shift in the model of schooling

Can you feel it? It’s an educational paradigm shift. Every few years there is a shift in educational philosophy and pedagogy that take the field of education by storm. The COVID-19 pandemic may very well...
Author: Michele Schuler
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Topics: Teaching
The Time is Now: Enacting a More Equitable Middle Level Education for the Success of All Students

The Time is Now: Enacting a More Equitable Middle Level Education for the Success of All Students

Examining and transforming our school and classroom practices

Last spring when teachers, administrators, students, and their families had to abruptly leave our brick and mortar classrooms and shift to COVID-19 schooling (Hughes & Jones, 2020), no one knew what we would...
Author: Hilary E. Hughes, Ph.D., Lisa M. Harrison, Ph.D.
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Tags: Equity
Middle School Reopening Strategies

Middle School Reopening Strategies

Ideas from a Canadian school on safe school opening this fall

As school districts across the United States and Canada develop guidelines for school opening this fall, there will be varying strategies required. Most school districts are considering one of three potential...
Author: Bill Garner
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Topics: Leadership
A Template for PLC Conversations during Distance Learning

A Template for PLC Conversations during Distance Learning

I am encouraged to look for the silver lining. Last Spring, when schools closed their doors for the 2019-2020 school year, in most cases without proper goodbyes, a silver lining was hard to find. As schools prepare...
Author: Anthony S. Golding
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Do Your Instructional Materials Support an Uncertain Return to School?

Do Your Instructional Materials Support an Uncertain Return to School?

A resource for reflection and planning

Right now, school systems across the country are planning for a variety of possibilities for the fall: in-school, remote learning, or a hybrid approach. The truth is we just don’t know what school will look...
Author: Jess Box
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Topics: Teaching
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Questions Before Opening Schools

Questions Before Opening Schools

Real issues, realistic solutions

With so many things happening in our world and in our country, now is the time to talk about some of the transformational changes that need to occur within our schools. Each facet of society will need to make changes...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer, Kim Campbell, Dedra Stafford
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Zooming In on Middle School Teachers

Zooming In on Middle School Teachers

Teaching Remotely

Read about burnout, back-up plans, and the surprisingly sweet moments of connection teachers have experienced firsthand in our “Zooming In” interview series. In this series, four teachers share their...
Author: AMLE
Number of views (3608)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
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