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22 Jul 2016

Organized Binder and Noncognitive Skills

This article by David Brooks in the New York Times highlights Paul Tough's emphasis on the importance of noncognitive skills. In his latest book, Tough asks, "how, concretely, can we improve students’ noncognitive skills." From my years of experience in the classroom I am convinced that in order for students to master noncognitive skills they require daily exposure...
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19 Jul 2016

Family Income and Noncognitive Skills

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Research clearly indicates that noncognitive skills increase student achievement. New research draws a connection between family income and noncognitive skills. As educators and parents if we are to contribute to a democratic society we need to give all students daily exposure to these skills, regardless of socioeconomic status!  
14 Jul 2016

Great Feedback From Philadelphia

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In May we were invited to present Organized Binder to educators at the Teacher Symposium for the School District of Philadelphia. The sessions went well, 100% of attendees surveyed plan to use the system in their classroom, of over 96% said the session was an effective use of their time. Thanks to all the educators who...
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15 Jun 2016

Sacramento City College Pilot

A small group of professors at Sacramento City College implemented Organized Binder, here is what their students had to say: Over 85% of students surveyed said the system helps them know what the class is doing each, whether or not there is homework, and when larger or important assignments are due. 67% of students report that...
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15 Jun 2016

Organized Binder Helps Student Succeed in College

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A Visit From A Student One of my former (and favorite) students is getting ready to graduate from college. She recently stopped by for a visit. I asked her how Organized Binder helped her achieve:  Hi Mr. Weathers,  Organized Binder was a perfect system to help me keep my schoolwork organized. All the materials I needed for...
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12 May 2016

May 2016 Tip of the Month: “Oh, that is what you mean!”

May 2016: "Oh, that is what you mean!" Whenever I get the privilege of speaking to a group of educators I always make a point to ask one simple question, “What are teachers doing from within the classroom that most directly impacts student learning and achievement?”  The responses always vary but one classroom strategy is always...
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11 Apr 2016

Organized Binder Helps CPM Mathematics

A High School Principal Visits a Math Class:  "I was in Nicole’s math class watching her lead her Algebra 1 students through a complicated (to me) process involving graphing calculators. What struck me was how well the CPM model of group work and the student talk that accompanies it worked with Organized Binder. When I...
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11 Apr 2016

April 2016 Tip of the Month: Subjects Not Objects

April 2016: Subjects Not Objects All too often throughout the school day education is going on around students instead of with students. One report notes students spend just minutes of the school day engaged in Academic Learning Time. If we have a starting routine students can predict and be successful in, then we draw them into their...
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