Edutopia blogger and teacher Rebecca Alber outlines strategies for teachers to have more productive discussions with their students by asking simple questions and giving students the time to think about the question before they attempt to answer it.
Joe Ventura discusses the connection between literacy skills and incarceration rates as well as the benefits of literacy programs within the correctional system.
Teacher Mark Jacobson discusses how fixed-mindsets can limit the performance of students. He argues that teachers must actively work to combat fixed-mindset assumptions and support the development of growth mindsets.
Michael Sadowski shares stories from various teenagers who had one adult in their life that they felt they could turn to for guidance, motivation, and support. He discusses a few structures schools can have in place to promote and support appropriate student-teacher relationship-building.
In this preface to his book Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind, Eric Jensen gives a personal narrative of challenges met and struggles overcome, providing a first-person perspective on poverty that he uses to lend credibility to his claims.
Cultural Awareness Logs: A Method for Increasing International-Mindedness among High School and Middle School Students
To prepare students for these increasingly global realities, I drew on American anthropologist Edward T. Hall’s cultural iceberg to design what I call Cultural Awareness Logs (CALs) as a method for encouraging students to investigate texts, analyze for depth, and understand a wide array of cultures and subcultures.
Eric Jensen highlights seven issues that disproportionately affect students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom. Jensen outlines each of these issues and provides ways for students to address them.
This March 2013 primer from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) covers the transition from vocational education to career and technical education, “an educational strategy for providing young people with the academic, technical, and employability skills and knowledge to pursue postsecondary training or higher education and enter a career field prepared for ongoing learning.”
Roland S. Barth argues that educators need to develop and understand their visions for schools as a step toward improvement. He shares his own visions for the future of education.
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest educators create purpose statements for each lesson to make the purpose very clear. They argue that the purpose statement should reflect the understandings that students will gain through the lesson rather than simply the tasks that must be completed.