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ENL integrated co-teaching

When I began my teaching career in 2007, more than a quarter of the students at my Queens elementary school were English language learners. Each year, our school seemed to shift its strategy for English as a New Language instruction in a fresh...

Making learning fun

With spring in bloom, teachers are exploring creative ways to bring joy into their classrooms during a stressful time. They share some ideas that have worked in their classrooms to help make learning fun.

Improving executive function

When I was a high school student, nothing pleased me more than sitting down with a blank planner, color-coding my class assignments and creating a detailed to-do list of tasks I could check off as I completed them.

Back to basics

After a year in which instruction was disrupted by the pandemic, that back-to-basics approach of phonics-based reading instruction may be especially important to help struggling readers take concrete steps toward progress.

Confronting ‘learning loss’

As early as March 2020, headlines warned of the “learning loss” that students would experience as a result of disrupted and remote schooling. But that phrase misclassifies the real issue and obscures how teachers can best support their students.

What makes successful co-teaching?

Thousands of New York City public school teachers work together in Integrated Co-Teaching classrooms, in which one special education teacher and one general education teacher work alongside each other. But what are the ingredients of a successful...

What’s the point of a test?

When an assessment is well-designed and aligns with standards, the idea of “teaching to the test” sheds its negative connotation.

The power of identity teaching

Culturally relevant pedagogy can give students the skills, knowledge and dispositions to change systemic inequities. So teachers should examine and encourage ways to imbue their students with a sense of their own identities.

Four ways to improve remote teaching

Here are surprising takeaways teachers can use to make remote instruction more effective: digital games can be incorporated into learning in small doses; students may be “digital natives” but they may need to learn how to use digital tools; digital...

Six simple strategies to improve learning this year

Enabling private chats with students, Zoom breakout rooms and modeling classwork for students are a few of the strategies teachers can use to improve learning during this challenging time.