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Rahal, Michelle Layer – Educational Research Service, 2010
Why do some students go above and beyond what is asked of them while others do just enough to get by? This "Focus On" debunks common underachievement myths (such as "some students aren't capable of learning" or "underachievers are lazy") and looks at ways to create a motivating classroom by providing teachers with effective strategies for engaging…
Descriptors: Underachievement, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Student Attitudes
Clarke, Suzanne – Educational Research Service, 2009
This ERS "Focus On" discusses curriculum-based measurement (CBM), the most widely used research-based method for student progress monitoring, which is required in Response to Intervention (RTI) approaches. CBM is supported by nearly 30 years of empirical evidence of its effectiveness in monitoring student progress to increase…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, Student Evaluation, Reading, Mathematics
Bratten, Cheryl, Ed. – Educational Research Service, 2009
To paraphrase a quote by Thomas Jefferson, "there is nothing so unfair as the equal treatment of unequal children." Teachers cannot use a one-size-fits-all model of instruction to successfully reach all children. This "Focus On"--an update of our popular 2004 edition--is designed to help teachers assess and improve their own…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teaching Skills, Educational Planning, Instructional Effectiveness
Clarke, Suzanne – Educational Research Service, 2009
Project-Based Learning (PBL) connects standards-based content to real-world scenarios through the use of projects to improve student achievement. By engaging students in authentic problems that do not have a predetermined solution, students learn both subject matter and critical 21st-century skills. This "Focus On" addresses what…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Student Motivation