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A quick research review for word study can answer very important questions about literacy curriculum and instruction in our schools.What does the research say about the use of word study?What type of word study instruction is effective in upper elementary and middle school?What are the purposes and effects of teaching word knowledge to transitional readers?In […]Continue reading
Students need skills, you know that. But so many skills they need in life have nothing to do with coursework! Look at this quote from Dr. David J. Huber: So what are those skills that aren’t in the curriculum? How do we teach them? Skills that Aren’t on the Test The state test […]Continue reading
Sure, the quiz is for fun, but it is based on the research for five major personality traits. We’ve reworded them as: the Adventurer the Energizer the Achiever the Compassionate Friend the Calmer We each share aspects from each trait, but summer time (and spring break!) really reveals are most inner self…at least for […]Continue reading
On-task. Compliance. Engagement. Participation. The subtle distinctions have vast differences in brain activity and student engagement in learning. Doing work and being off-task are vast opposites. Students must be on-task to learn, but not all compliant participation is the same. Compliance and engagement are different. When a student does what you ask, that student […]Continue reading
You’ll probably agree with me when I say, “200% more growth than peers” is quite a stretch. Or is it? In our recent nine-week action research, students who focused on visible learning strategies outperformed their peers on district standardized tests. But that’s not all. They achieved over 200% more growth than their peers. We’ll […]Continue reading
So, what did you learn at school today? It’s an innocent question and very appropriate for any adult to ask a student. But why then do students consistently fail to recall what they learned? Often they just say, “Nothing” or “We read a book.” Visible learning changes that. You plan instruction, write objectives on the […]Continue reading