Learning is the Reward

Learning is the Reward

Let’s face it, school, as we know it is driven by grades as the main reflection of what students do, or do not, know.  What has resulted is a rat race of sorts where many kids and parents alike have their eye on the prize.… Read More

Do classroom clickers improve learning? It depends.

Do classroom clickers improve learning? It depends.

  Classroom “clickers” quiz students in real time, allowing instructors to gauge student learning and reinforce what is being taught. New research suggests that the effectiveness of these devices hinges largely on the teaching methods being used with them, not the technology, and that instructors… Read More

Mindsets for a Bold New World #LT8Keys

Mindsets for a Bold New World #LT8Keys

There are points in our professional lives that change us for the better.  I vividly remember one such moment in 2009 when I took a device from a student as he had it out in the hallway. Since this was a violation of school policy… Read More

Assignments – Write versus Right

Assignments – Write versus Right

Way back in “my day”, we sought information from the stacks of books and journals in a physical library, keeping notes and compiling our own thoughts and theories from the data of our own work, as reflected against and/or supported by the published materials to… Read More

Competencies vs. Skills

Competencies vs. Skills

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century.  The ensuing conversations have provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and organizations to critically evaluate what students need to know and be able to do in order… Read More

Teach Math the Way They’ll Understand It!

Teach Math the Way They’ll Understand It!

What is Conceptual Understanding? A quick search of the net will bring up numerous long-winded, tedious definitions of conceptual understanding within a mathematics context. This one from Dreambox is more palatable than most: Conceptual understanding is knowing more than isolated facts and methods. The successful student… Read More