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Booth, Eric – Educational Leadership, 2013
Guided by its arts educators, every school can learn to design activities that foster the serious play of a creatively invested learner. Bring arts educators into one's planning meetings; give them opportunities at faculty meetings to catalyze teachers' creative instincts. This effort does not require a new program or new curriculum. Teachers…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Education, Creativity, Learning
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Slavin, Robert E. – Educational Leadership, 2014
Just about everyone loves the "idea" of cooperative learning, children working productively and excitedly in groups, everyone getting along and enthusiastically helping one another learn. This article presents five strategies that teachers can use to get the greatest benefit possible from cooperative learning and ensure that…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Children, Teamwork, Goal Orientation
DeMonte, Jenny – Educational Leadership, 2016
With teacher preparation in the United States under serious scrutiny, there is a growing movement to improve the way teachers are prepared for practice. A key element of that improvement is shifting from instructing candidates about teaching to teaching them how to teach, emphasizing the key activities teachers actually carry out in classrooms and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Training Methods, Capacity Building, Teacher Improvement
Ferlazzo, Larry – Educational Leadership, 2017
Personalized learning has the potential to greatly improve student achievement--but realistic teachers know that any instructional strategy will only be effective if students are willing to do the work. That is why Larry Ferlazzo emphasizes the importance of weaving intrinsic motivation into every personalized learning classroom. Four key elements…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Individualized Instruction, Learning Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Cookson, Peter W., Jr. – Educational Leadership, 2009
Correctly harnessed, we can blend the best of our traditional intellectual linear culture--Socrates' wisdom of the 5th century BCE--with the current digital visual culture, creating a new learning and intellectual environment consistent with the cognitive and expressive demands of the 21st century. Four elements of the 21st-century mind could be…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Experiential Learning, Metacognition, Leadership
McTighe, Jay – Educational Leadership, 2018
The author examines three essential questions on educational assessment: What really matters in a contemporary education? How should we assess those things that matter? How might our assessments enhance learning that matters, not just measure it? In answering these question, he argues that schools need a broader collection of measures, with a…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Educational Assessment, Performance Based Assessment, Student Evaluation
Moore, Alicia – Educational Leadership, 2016
New teacher attrition is a serious problem, with some studies estimating that 50 percent of teachers leave the profession within their first few years. This high attrition rate means that many schools have large number of inexperienced teachers and that districts must spend scarce funds for recruitment and replacement costs. Springfield Public…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Public School Teachers
Beaton, Anne M. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Once instructional coach Anne Beaton began creating chances for teachers to get into one another's classrooms to observe and learn about different teaching styles, she realized that not only is studying one another's teaching practices as a community essential in serving students, it also lifts teachers up as leaders. Beaton knew she was learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Program Design, Faculty Development, Training Methods
Kallick, Bena; Zmuda, Allison – Educational Leadership, 2017
"We might view the movement from teacher-directed to student-driven learning as a set of controls, much like the controls on an audio sound board," write Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda. For each element of personalization, the teacher can turn the volume up or down, amplifying or reducing the amount of student agency depending on the…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Educational Change, Individualized Instruction, Student Educational Objectives
Dillon, Robert – Educational Leadership, 2018
The design of a classroom space can make a big difference in student behavior and learning. The use of color, sound, light, furniture arrangements and more can help foster community and culture and promote understanding. Dillon discusses some easy ways to transform the classroom space that can help with classroom management.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Acoustics, Lighting, Space Utilization
Larmer, John – Educational Leadership, 2016
In this article, John Larmer paints the picture of the ideal high-school graduate--one who is ready for college, career, and life in general. Among other qualities, this student is a problem solver, manages time effectively, works well with others, is open to feedback, and is innovative and creative. How do K-12 schools go about building this…
Descriptors: Workshops, Feedback (Response), Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Tucker, Catlin – Educational Leadership, 2016
The minute students first step into any classroom, they begin assessing the environment, the teacher, and one another for clues about what to expect in the upcoming school year. Yet what do they usually encounter the first day? A teacher who's busy assigning seats, reviewing rules, and assessing various skills. However, it is during this time that…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Environment, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods
Tomlinson, Carol Ann – Educational Leadership, 2017
The concept of personalization in learning appeals to many K-12 teachers and students weary of regimented, one-size-fits-all instruction. The in-vogue term personalization is used to refer to many different learning strategies and structures--from personal learning plans to greater student voice. Differentiation expert Carol Ann Tomlinson is…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Program Implementation, Educational Change, Educational Benefits
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Educational Leadership, 2014
Students love to talk. So do teachers. When there's a balance in the classroom between student and teacher discourse, good things happen. When students assume increased responsibility for discussions, when they interact with a wide range of peers on diverse topics and supply evidence for their thinking, great things happen. Noted educators…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Student Participation, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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Bergmann, Jonathan; Sams, Aaron – Educational Leadership, 2014
What if all students had an opportunity to work through content at their own pace? What if all students had to master content before they moved on? The authors take their flipped-classroom model to the next level by flipping their classroom for mastery. In the flipped-mastery model, the teacher begins by organizing content around specific…
Descriptors: Mastery Learning, Teaching Methods, Educational Objectives, Concept Formation
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