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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques by TeachThought Staff As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should check for understanding. These can be formal–formative or summative assessment, multiple choice, short answer, essay, matching, and related iconic “test” forms. But they can also be informal–conversations, gallery walks, sketches, and more. We recently […]

How The Memory Works In Learning

How The Memory Works In Learning contributed by Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed. Teachers are the caretakers of the development of students’ highest brain during the years of its most extensive changes. As such, they have the privilege and opportunity to influence the quality and quantity of neuronal and connective pathways so all children leave […]
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10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning

10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning by TeachThought Staff & Peter Pappas It’s well-established that reflection is critical in the learning process. While it sounds formal, ‘reflection’ simply means to ‘think again’ about something that happened. Reflection is a natural part of learning and in many cases doesn’t even need to […]

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Stop, Practice, Collaborate: The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching

Stop, Practice, Collaborate: The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching contributed by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral This post has been updated and republished The more reflective you are, the more effective you are. This is a phrase that has become synonymous with the work we have done with building teachers’ reflective capacity. With a century’s worth […]

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9 Questions To Reflect Critically On Your Own Teaching

9 Questions To Reflect Critically On Your Own Teaching contributed by Paul Moss This post has been updated and republished Video your teaching, and see what really happens in your classroom. That is my exhortation to you, from a recently converted disciple of such professional development. I don’t mean for the sake of observing student […]

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Want To Make A Difficult Conversation Productive? Use A Protocol

Want To Make A Difficult Conversation Productive? Use A Protocol contributed by Michele Mattoon, NSRF Director *Join Michele and Director of TeachThought PD, Drew Perkins, for this summer’s Grow 19 pre-conference day, July 16th. Each year, I train scores of educators and professionals to become Critical Friends Group© Coaches, and sometimes I lead shorter workshops […]

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What Is The MAP Reading Fluency Test? A Literacy Assessment Tool For Teachers

What Is The MAP Reading Fluency Test? A Literacy Assessment Tool For Teachers by TeachThought Staff This is sponsored content. NWEA.org asked us to let you know about the tool but we created all content free from editorial influence. We focused it objectively on clarifying the tool and its features in a way teachers interested […]

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44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom’s Taxonomy

44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom’s Taxonomy contributed by Peter Pappas My interest in reflective thinking is rooted in a simple but powerful statement by Donald Finkel who wrote that teaching should be thought of as “providing experience, provoking reflection.” (Teaching with Your Mouth Shut) Most school mission statements include a reference to “fostering […]

6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home

6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home contributed by Maria Winters DiMarco We’ve discussed five reasons to teach digital literacy in the classroom. In reading Paul’s post, I couldn’t help but to take a step back and think about the growing number of children around the country who barely have access to […]

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Gifts Ideas For Boys Of Every Age Range

Gifts Ideas For Boys Of Every Age Range contributed by Anne Davis Your son brings you constant joy and you want to make him happy on his special day. Whether it’s a birthday, a graduation or a holiday, buying the perfect gift for your son can present challenges, especially for someone that seems to have […]
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