Proficiency or Growth: Why the Debate Matters

Proficiency or growth



This debate isn’t just theoretical. In the long run, both proficiency and growth are valuable indicators. If a student cannot be deemed proficient by high-school – he is sure to face difficulty in college and career. Similarly, if a student fails to show reasonable progress – it is certain that he would be left behind...
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How To Ensure Students Take Your Feedback Seriously

How to give powerful feedback



“Stop ranting!” That’s what students are thinking, whenever a teacher begins giving feedback. Research, too, suggests that most children label feedback as demoralizing, irrelevant and unhelpful. Here we share a few ideas to ensure students take your feedback seriously. But, first   Why students hate receiving feedback As a teacher, you understand the value of your...
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Warning: At-risk Students!

help the at-risk students excel



Chasing Common Core goals isn’t easy; especially, if one teaches at-risk students. The popular approach is – identify the students at risk, and place them in relevant intervention programs. The problem is- pulling out students from the classroom – to attend an intervention program – threatens their social standing among their peers. Fact is, pull-out...
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Personalized Learning, Really! – The 7 Components of personalized learning

7 Components of personalzied learning



What does it mean to “implement personalized learning”? We believe personalized learning implementation should emphasize on student-centered classrooms. As discussed in previous posts, it depends on your understanding of personalized learning, and your belief in student-driven instruction. Here, we list seven components of personalized learning. Understanding these components would help you design classroom programs that...
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Transforming Schools for Language Learners: The Push-in Model

Transforming learning for ELLs



Do you have students struggling with Language Arts? Failure to read proficiently and independently by fourth grade can hinder student progress seriously. If your students cannot read properly, they would fail to comprehend the grade-level material. Most of them would end-up juggling between the basics-of-reading and the advanced grade-level material. Schools utilize various models of...
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How to Teach Math Through Problem-solving

Problem-solving



Teaching Problem solving isn’t an easy process. A teacher by nature is an expert; problem-solving is easy for them, and they are so fluent in their fields that they find it difficult to articulate the principles, strategies and the process of problem solving. To them, these have already become a second nature. And that’s where...
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