Learning curve

June 1, 2017

Understanding math has replaced ‘drill and kill’

There’s been a seismic shift in the way teachers approach math instruction over the last few decades. Rote memorization of mathematical algorithms — or so-called “drill and kill” instruction — has given way to experiential learning.


April 6, 2017

Teaching ELLs: Keeping the old while learning the new

Educators at PS 66 in Richmond Hill, Queens are striving to find the balance between encouraging English language learners to preserve their native language abilities and nurturing them in their burgeoning English skills while educating them alongside their native English-speaking peers.

February 2, 2017

Quiet wisdom

Even as student collaboration and group work are embraced in the modern classroom, some teachers are exploring the idea of redefining introversion as a source of strength.

December 1, 2016

Aiming for ‘Universal’ success in reading

“The goal is to help children improve by helping teachers improve,” says Tagrid Sihly, a reading coach in the DOE's University Literacy initiative.

October 6, 2016

Making homework more productive

What should homework look like? How long should it take? Should it even exist at all?

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