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Helping students become self-aware learners

I started to research metacognition in young children because I wanted my students to be aware of their own learning and thinking and take ownership over their own successes.

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How peers affect learning

The influence of classroom peers on student academics increases each year from 4th grade through 7th grade, when it begins to plateau, according to new research.

Creating audio narratives

In a 12th-grade ELA class, I turned a research unit on disaster and apocalyptic fiction into a podcasting unit and tasked my students, 65 percent of whom were English language learners, with becoming media makers for real-world audiences.

Coding for students

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, should learn a computer language, because it teaches you how to think,” said Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. He made that remark in 1995, but schools are now catching up with his line of thought.

“Once they learn how to hit a golf ball that’s not moving, that sets them up for

PE Works transforms gym class

Physical education is changing. In 2015, the Department of Education announced a multiyear, multimillion dollar initiative known as PE Works, which seeks to transform the concept of gym class from a place where kids pelt each other with dodgeballs to “an important academic subject that teaches students to be physically active, work as a team and set fitness goals that can last a lifetime.”

Interim testing helps learning process

Interim, low-stakes testing is not just an assessment tool but also facilitates the learning of new material, finds new research in the Journal of Educational Psychology. 

Snacking on nonfiction in ELA class

For some reason, suffering appeals to my 6th-graders as readers. Because of this consistent interest, each spring I organize book clubs around what I refer to as “social issue” books. This year, I decided to focus exclusively on nonfiction books.

Kids in doubled-up housing risk low grades

Living doubled-up with friends, extended family members or others is a form of homelessness that can go undetected by schools, yet the toll it takes on students is significant, new research finds.

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Pros and cons of Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online learning management system designed for schools. Let’s examine some of the pros and cons of using it.

Protocols that foster student interaction

It’s a challenge to make sure students are doing meaningful work while also giving them opportunities to engage with one another. Throughout my career as a history teacher, I’ve found success using educational protocols to help my students interact.