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Guest posts by expert educators


The Do’s and Don’ts of Good Homework Policy

If teaching time in school is used effectively, not much homework needs to be given, writes MS teacher Cheryl Mizerny. “When I do give homework, I make every effort to make it engaging, meaningful, and brief.” Read the do’s and don’ts underlying her homework policy.


How to Succeed as a Cooperating Teacher

Author and veteran teacher educator Ann Weber outlines 3 key supervisory steps – preparation, coaching and evaluation – that can help cooperating teachers shine in their advisory roles and assure new teachers are ready to launch their careers in the middle grades.


Class Podcasts: Listening to Student Writers

Last year 8th grade teacher Brian Kelley began podcasting conversations with his student writers. Through conferring, he says, teachers let adolescents know that their voices matter “and their explanations can make us better teachers.” Kelley shares three samples.


Your Students’ Eyeballs Are Worth A Bundle

We know students love to watch television, even if that “watching” is not in front of an actual TV. As the new TV season starts, Frank W. Baker shares media literacy ideas than can help students understand their role in shaping ad prices & entertainment choices.


Why Media Literacy Week Matters So Much

With slanted news, social media and “reality” TV ceaselessly attracting the attention of young people, literacy consultant Frank W. Baker underscores the importance of Media Literacy Week, urging all educators to teach students how to analyze media “as text.”


With Flexible Grouping We Can Reach Every Kid

When students are busy learning, staying in a single group is stifling. The solution for teacher-author Amber Chandler is a “flexible classroom” where students rotate through strategic groupings to meet differentiated needs at various stages of the learning process.