Earlier this month, the Education Trust published a new report, Meandering Toward Graduation: Transcript Outcomes of High School Graduates (available at https://edtrust.org/resource/meandering-toward-graduation/ or below). Wow, I love that descriptive verb meandering! But it certainly causes me to pause and seriously consider the implications of meandering in the lives and futures of our students. What interested…
In April 2016, The Education Trust published Meandering Toward Graduation: Transcript Outcomes of High School Graduates. The report showcases the results of their analysis of high school transcripts to discover what students’ course-taking behavior reveals about their readiness—or lack thereof—for postsecondary education and careers.
Proficiency-Based Teaching and Learning: Supporting Teachers and Helping Students Show What They Know
Proficiency-based teaching and learning (PBTL) is a systems-level approach to teaching, assessing, and grading students, with the goal of allowing students to demonstrate proficiency with an explicit set of standards. The knowledge and skills required to demonstrate proficiency in a content area are developed and mapped out by teachers, marking a clear path through the…
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.
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.”
A science teacher explains how student feedback helped him to improve his lesson plans and calls on other teachers to revolutionize the way they teach.
Young girls lip dub a scene of a math teacher trying to teach a lesson to a student who is just not understanding.
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.
Authors Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson stress the importance of quality leadership in achieving educational equity.