Noting that high quality classroom discussion fosters content learning and critical thinking, social studies teacher Michael Yell reports that Challenging Learning through Dialogue is a powerful resource to help make middle grades discussion more thoughtful, engaging, and real.
As Kevin Hodgson’s 6th graders completed a lengthy foray into short story writing, they finished with reflections on their craft. Hodgson shares some of their insightful comments and considers reflection’s potential catalytic effect on both students and educators.
For ELA teacher Cheryl Mizerny, the most effective learning strategy often begins with students working collaboratively in small groups. Mizerny shows how this works during a Grammar, Usage & Mechanics lesson and another on the characteristics of personal narrative.