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Author: Mitch Weathers

March 27, 2021
5 Questions to Gauge Learning Loss and Aid Student Transition to In-Person and Hybrid Instruction in the Fall

“Little is known about the effectiveness of learning at home for the entire student population and what this means for the development of skills. However, there are indications from multiple countries that many children had little effective instruction. For a significant proportion of pupils, learning during school closures was apparently almost non-existent. For example, early […]

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March 24, 2021
Reteach or Look forward?

“Highly effective teachers use procedures and systems to maximize the value of each minute of learning...To be clear, these highly effective teachers sweat the details not because they are obsessed with control but because they see that this attention to detail translates into student learning.” Steven Farr, Teaching As Leadership Sweat The Details From my […]

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March 23, 2021
1 Way To Get The Common Core Right

Of all the challenges posed by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, this may be the greatest: if we are truly to be a nation of college-goers, we must not only raise the bar on what students learn but we must also leverage an understanding of noncognitive factors to teach adolescents how to […]

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March 22, 2021
Building Community Through Parallel Process

We Learn Better In Community When a classroom grows into a learning community everyone in the room can sense it. Humans are communal beings and we are drawn to community. When students are active members in a learning community it amplifies engagement, accountability, and learning. Transforming classrooms into learning communities is something effective educators must […]

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March 21, 2021
Opting Out = Lost human potential

A Duty To Uncover Potential As educators we have a responsibility to uncover the potential in every student. A no opt policy can aid us in fulfilling this duty. I told the story in this article of a student I observed in a classroom who was allowed to opt out. When asked about this student […]

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March 20, 2021
No Opt Out - You Matter Too Much!

Students Want To Engage A few years ago I was visiting a high school and had the opportunity to observe a class and watched the following story unfold. While the teacher was starting class, with a lecture (yawn), a student walked in tardy. What I found interesting is that this teacher did not acknowledge the […]

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March 19, 2021
We Missed You! It’s Not the Same When You are Gone!

“Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” Urie Bronfenbrenner Absent and Struggling Over the past 20 years of teaching I have identified a trend when working with some of my most challenging students - they were often the students who were either chronically truant or occasionally absent […]

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March 18, 2021
Talking About Generation

“GENERATION has the effect of making the mind more receptive to new learning…What is it? Generation is an attempt to answer a question or solve a problem before being shown the answer or the solution.” Brown, Reedier, McDaniel, make it stick: The Science of Successful Learning The Promise of the First Two Minutes of Class […]

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March 17, 2021
As Teachers, Our Words Matter

Openers and Closers When I was first creating Organized Binder the first aspect that coalesced was the Weekly Lifeline. It became clear to me that my students would be more successful if I provided a clear starting and ending routine that both maximized class time for teaching and learning while giving my students daily practice […]

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March 16, 2021
Helping Students Know What It Looks Like When They Are Ready to Learn

When I started teaching I worked at a Title 1 school that served a diverse student population. Many of my students struggled to engage in their schooling and were plagued with a history of academic failure. I teach high school and by the time students reached my classroom many of them had been turned off […]

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