Just in time for a new school year, science educator Anne Jolly has a checklist for schools that are about to launch themselves into the STEM universe.
Teaching and learning in grades 4-8
4th grade teacher Mary Tarashuk’s summer activities include a 1-week book club with six former students, done workshop style with a brown-bag supper.
Middle school teacher Aaron Brock describes how he leads urban students to create their own history games and why this is a powerful learning experience.
Rick Wormeli’s Metaphors and Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching in Any Subject shows how teachers can make purposeful use of analogies to help students build understanding, says MS teacher Marsha Ratzel.
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Learn how Socratic Seminars can help students develop effective habits of discussion, explain their ideas, and support them with evidence in this guest post by Sarah Tantillo, who provides a complete how-to with many resources!
Learning styles theory is not an effective way to design lessons for diverse learners, says special educator Elizabeth Stein. Teachers need better glue.
Too often teaching runs counter to boys’ brains, says science educator Anne Jolly. STEM takes advantage of boys’ high-energy, movement-driven learning orientation.
In Wiring the Brain for Reading: Brain-Based Strategies for Teaching Literacy author Marilee Sprenger covers familiar territory as she links recent research to teaching literacy, says reviewer Julie Dermody.
MS teachers looking for a quick reference to Common Core math standards or a text to stimulate deeper thinking will find it in Common Core Standards For Middle School Mathematics: A Quick-Start Guide, says teacher Rebecca Anderson.