When I started teaching back in the late 1980s, we were just beginning to learn more about how kids learn. I remember being trained in college in a program called TESA (Teacher Expectation Student Achievement). At that time, it was believed that if teachers engaged in certain types of behaviors, students would get the message… Read more »
For over 20 years, our Lutheran schools have offered a weeklong professional-development experience designed to promote critical-thinking skills, and we’ve called it IMPACT (Involving Minds in Problem Analysis and Critical Thinking). There are two definitions of the word “impact.” The first is to have a strong effect on someone. That’s a good descriptor of what… Read more »
This week, a small group of teachers from several of our TLSP schools will be meeting to discuss how they use technology in their classrooms. These teachers are likely to be the risk takers in their buildings. They’re the ones who are willing to try new ideas and aren’t really bothered if something “bombs.” We’ve… Read more »
Students at Concordia are noted for their outstanding performance in and outside the classroom. They are immersed in a culture of caring-a learning community that prepares them for success in all aspects of life. Here are some recent accomplishments by Concordia and its students: Concordia again received an A Rating (Exemplary) from the State of… Read more »
When did it become okay to teach to the middle? At what point did some brilliant educator decide that if one teaches to the “average” kids in class, that the more gifted kids would enjoy already knowing the content, and the more challenged kids would just get as much from the lesson as they could…. Read more »
If you’ve recently conversed with a child or teen, then you may be aware of a mysterious virus spreading its way through our young people. “So, he was like, ‘Did you see that new movie?’ And I was like, ‘No,’ and he was like, ‘It was totally awesome!’ and I was like, ‘Dude, that movie… Read more »
“Sit and get.” “Corruption of our schools.” “The newest ‘newest thing’ turns out to be ‘child-centered,’ ‘project-based,’ ‘cooperative,’ and ‘hands on.’ The only difference is the technological veneer.” These are quotes from a recent blog post. The author tells the reader to critique and dismiss many contemporary classroom innovations as misguided distractions from what really… Read more »
I was recently blessed with the opportunity to visit the Atlas Rubicon Training Center in Portland, Oregon, to spend time learning more about the curriculum-mapping process. Here are my major takeaways.
What’s the one thing that could be changed in your school that would increase student achievement? Smaller class sizes? Better facilities? Less standardized testing? All of these improvements would make teachers, students, and parents happier and could increase student achievement. But none of these strategies directly impact students. Wouldn’t we do better to design strategies… Read more »
Recently there has been much debate about whether Indiana should continue to adopt the Common Core State Standards. I have fielded questions from many who are concerned about a “national” set of standards or believe a conspiracy exists to introduce our children to dangerous ideas.