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Professional Development Opinion Teacher PD Gets a Bad Rap. But Two Approaches Do Work
Many researchers have given up on teacher professional development as a way to raise student test scores, but two approaches have been yielding good results, writes Heather C. Hill.
Heather C. Hill, February 21, 2020
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School & District Management What the Research Says Praise Seen as Effective Classroom-Management Tool
When teachers use more praise and fewer reprimands in the classroom, it seems to help students stay on-task and behave better, according to a new study.
Catherine Gewertz, February 11, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Preservice Teachers Are Getting Mixed Messages on How to Teach Reading
Professors introduce a mix of reading experts to future teachers, including those whose work conflicts with scientific research on reading.
Madeline Will, January 22, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Video What the Science Says About How Kids Learn to Read
The debate on how to teach early reading has raged for a century. But for the last few decades, the cognitive science has been clear: Teaching young kids how to crack the code—teaching systematic phonics—is the most reliable way to make sure that they learn how to read words.
Brooke Saias, December 16, 2019
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School & District Management How Much Should Teachers Talk in the Classroom? Much Less, Some Say
Are teachers consciously monitoring how much they talk vs. how much their students do? Research and front-line teacher experience suggest they should be.
Catherine Gewertz, December 10, 2019
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Reading & Literacy Data: How Reading Is Really Being Taught
New survey data show that most K-2 teachers and education professors are using instructional methods unsupported by cognitive science.
Liana Loewus, December 3, 2019
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Reading & Literacy The Most Popular Reading Programs Aren't Backed by Science
An analysis of the five most-used programs for early reading shows that they often diverge from evidence-based practices.
Sarah Schwartz, December 3, 2019
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Reading & Literacy Improving Reading Isn't Just a Teaching Shift. It's a Culture Shift
Flawed methods for teaching reading are passed down through cherished mentors, popular literacy programs, and respected professional groups.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 3, 2019
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Leander Bridges, the assistant principal at Laurel Upper Elementary in Laurel, Miss., sounds out vowels during a training session at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Leander Bridges, the assistant principal at Laurel Upper Elementary in Laurel, Miss., sounds out vowels during a training session at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Reading & Literacy Will the Science of Reading Catch On in Teacher Prep?
Many teachers leave preservice training without clarity on what the cognitive science says about how students learn to read.
Madeline Will, December 3, 2019
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Braydan Finnerty, 2nd grade, chooses letter magnets off the board while doing a spelling exercise in front of the rest of the class at Beverly Gardens Elementary in Dayton, Ohio.
Braydan Finnerty, 2nd grade, chooses letter magnets off the board while doing a spelling exercise in front of the rest of the class at Beverly Gardens Elementary in Dayton, Ohio.
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Reading & Literacy A Look Inside One Classroom's Reading Overhaul
At an Ohio school, teachers who once “did their own thing” are now using structured literacy programs—and they say they’re seeing gains.
Catherine Gewertz, December 3, 2019
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Ashley Palmer, a kindergarten teacher in Matthews, Mo., works with students on letter names using flashcards.
Ashley Palmer, a kindergarten teacher in Matthews, Mo., works with students on letter names using flashcards.
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Reading & Literacy More Than Phonics: How to Boost Comprehension for Early Readers
Learning how to decode words is essential to becoming a reader. But building a strong vocabulary and knowledge-base is crucial as well.
Sarah Schwartz, December 3, 2019
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School & District Management Letter to the Editor Evidence Over Experience
To the Editor:
Joseph Murphy is correct that teachers' experience is a valuable element of efficacy and shouldn't be dismissed ("Stop Devaluing the Wisdom of Teachers. Researchers Don't Have a Monopoly on Evidence," Oct. 30, 2019). However, the scientific evidence backing effective practices is an essential element that also can't be undervalued, so I'm compelled to enter this perspective into the conversation.
November 26, 2019
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School & District Management What the Research Says Teachers' Content Chops Are Vital to Teach Early Algebra
An educator's experience teaching math is important, but performance on math-content-certification tests is the best predictor of how well a teacher's students will perform in early algebra, finds a new study by the Regional Educational Laboratory Central at Marzano Research.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 22, 2019
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First graders Devlin Griffin, Kollin Coleman, and Ledger Hardy wait nervously to determine whether the “nest” they engineered with aluminum foil will support the weight of a raw egg in a “tree” of paper towel rolls. The exercise was part of an inquiry-based science lesson last year at Hutchens Elementary School in Mobile, Ala.
First graders Devlin Griffin, Kollin Coleman, and Ledger Hardy wait nervously to determine whether the “nest” they engineered with aluminum foil will support the weight of a raw egg in a “tree” of paper towel rolls. The exercise was part of an inquiry-based science lesson last year at Hutchens Elementary School in Mobile, Ala.
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Teaching Students Learn More From Inquiry-Based Teaching, International Study Finds
A massive experiment involving 17,000 students in four countries finds gains for inquiry-, or problem-based teaching over traditional approaches.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 8, 2019
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