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5 Strategies to Improve Critical Thinking in Classrooms

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In the Edutopia article “Getting Critical about Critical Thinking,” Heather Wolpert-Gawron explores five pedagogical practices teachers can adopt to improve students’ critical thinking skills.  Check them out in the excerpt from her article below: Adopt a PBL philosophy. Project-based learning differs from mere projects because it triggers more critical thinking. Rather than write a report on a state, why not ... Read More »

When Grading Harms Student Learning

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Grading… It is an important part of understanding what students know, understand, and are able to do, but how much do the grades we assign students actually inform us of what they know?  This is a significant question to ask.  When students do not complete work or turn in partial assignments, how can we know what skills students have mastered ... Read More »

Take Part in Digital Learning Day on February 5

Take Part in Digital Learning Day! On February 5, thousands of educators will take part in the third annual Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration of common-sense, effective applications of digital learning that support educators, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential. As part of this challenge, the Afterschool Alliance, Edutopia, and the National ... Read More »

Digging into Academic Vocabulary: The Words We Forget to Teach

There is a lot of talk in education about vocabulary and words our students must know, understand, and be able to use in the courses we teach.  We talk in terms of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III words, but do we really understand the implication of these words, and more importantly, do we really know how to select ... Read More »