The limits of standardized tests are amply documented. Such tests, which can determine whether a student knows key dates in history, aren't facile at assessing creativity...Read more
In the quest to promote deep student thinking, sometimes the answer is the problem.
In the classroom, we can launch a beautiful, rich question only to see students...Read more
The license plate that watches over Cheryl Klein and her computer belonged to her grandfather, Philip Sadler, a “Kid-Lit” original. It is an expression of the love of...Read more
I find myself consistently in awe of the teachers and principals of schools that have rolled up their sleeves, taken the hard work of turning around their school head on...Read more
Educators, researchers and parents have long understood the importance of reading aloud to young children -- both to instill in them the importance of books and reading,...Read more
With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to...Read more
No matter how talented, how experienced and how well-trained we are at something, there's always room for improvement! To help you recharge and gear up for next school...Read more
Students are creative. Ideas come to them in all shapes, sizes and mediums. Just one real life example is a talented high school senior whom I just met named Madison...Read more
If you haven't read Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, I highly recommend it. As an introvert myself, the book...Read more
Here's some interesting research that's useful for teachers and students, and for all of us.
Researchers at HEC Paris, Harvard Business School and the University of...Read more
Books teach us about life and its corollary, death. We try to make sense of the splendor and the ruin around us by turning to great works of literature. Often, those works...Read more
In this piece, teacher Wendi Pillars describes her profession as "emotionally, physically, and mentally consuming." As a former teacher, I know whereof she speaks. Pillars...Read more
Proper nutrition plays a critical role in supporting the success of students. As studies have shown, eating the right food promotes optimal growth and development of...Read more
Great power for spreading the joy of reading lies within the hands of our students. As teachers we read aloud passionately several times daily, give gotta’-get-my-hands-on...Read more
On Tuesday, June 3rd at 8 p.m. EST, we're hosting a special "Mini-PD" session for educators focused on “Fostering a Growth Mindset in Every Student.” We hope you'll join...Read more
A new report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) examines the impact that learning and attention issues have on millions of children and young adults...Read more
“I’m not a math person.” “I can’t dance.” “I’m dumb and she’s smart.” “I’m just naturally an artist.”
All of the above are statements you might have heard from your...Read more
When I prepared to leave home for college, my parents sent me off with plenty of advice. One of the most memorable was this: Do not open a credit card. They warned me of...Read more
I could read with a fairly high level of understanding a complicated paper analyzing education policy or corporate communications strategies or a Major League Baseball...Read more
Over the years, I've noticed that at every school there are a handful of teachers who are afraid to try new technology in their classrooms. The...Read more
Reading during the summer has always felt special to me. I love scanning the summer book lists that people create for recommendations. They’re usually themed or organized...Read more
If you’re attending the annual convention of the International Reading Association in New Orleans this weekend (May 9-12), you may be overwhelmed by the possibilities—so...Read more
Today, I want to thank my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Silverman, for always challenging me to ask "why?"
He was always tough on his students, pushing us to dig deeper,...Read more
It seems only appropriate to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week by congratulating the newly named National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb.