It is incredibly difficult to teach effectively without formative assessment. Students come to class with different abilities and backgrounds, and they learn at different rates. You need to know where they stand in relation to your pacing and curriculum goals at all times. Luckily, formative assessments don’t need to be time-consuming or difficult to accomplish. All it takes is adding a few of these ideas to your toolkit and committing to their use.
Scott Sterling is a former English teacher who worked in Title I middle and high schools in St. Petersburg, Florida who is now a freelance writer who focuses on education. He is also a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter Lily, who will soon be starting her own educational journey.
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Decades before educators were familiar with the term “social and emotional learning (SEL),” Fred Rogers was teaching them (or in some cases, their parents) SEL lessons that would turn out to be timeless. The world has become faster-paced and more complicated, which means that today’s students are in dire need of the caring, understanding, and inclusiveness found in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The most successful credit recovery programs are those in which everyone involved takes ownership. That being said, each stakeholder encounters different challenges throughout the journey. Here are some tips to get the most out of your program from the perspective of the three categories of stakeholders most invested in the program: administrators, teachers, and students.
High school graduation is of critical importance to the prospects of students in the United States. For many, the national graduation rate is the ultimate measurement of the effectiveness of the nation’s school system, which is why it is important to periodically check in with the available stations in the U.S. and to determine what can be done to make sure that every student has as bright a future as possible.
Every teacher is in favor of tools that can help students succeed. Yet, many districts and administrators fail to make that case to the rank and file when adopting new education technology. Instead, they either mandate that the product be used and encroach on the teachers’ autonomy or make a short announcement about the new tool with little to no instruction on how it works, which means few, if any, teachers are using it later in the school year. Here are some ways to avoid either scenario and make sure that you get the most return on your investment.
We recently featured a blog post that sought to help teachers get started in inquiry-based learning (IBL), including some concepts that, when implemented, can help squeeze more curiosity out of students. But, as any veteran teacher will tell you, that is often easier said than done. It can help to employ specific strategies right away that both guide students in the methods of inquiry-based learning and allow their interests and passions to fuel their curiosity.
Research has shown that when it comes to education, seat time equates to success. These results are causing many schools and districts to reevaluate their approaches to discipline, particularly any forms that remove the student from the classroom for an extended period of time. While there are certain behaviors that will always merit such a response, there are ways of instructing a child on appropriate school behaviors while minimizing disruption to the student’s educational programming.