Truly diverse schools are an educational imperative and benefit all students and the broader society…. Read More
Use the start of a new year to examine your beliefs about teaching…. Read More
Are American schools good or bad? It seems that we can’t decide…. Read More
Carol Dweck is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Random House, 2006). We talked to her about the impact of praise and criticism on students’ mindsets.
Could you explain the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset?
Carol: When people are in a fixed mindset,… Read More
Personal tragedies tear at a school community but they can also strengthen a community’s bonds…. Read More
By Rick Dufour
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” If this is the case, I gained a lot of “experience” as the principal of a PLC school because I made a lot of mistakes. Based upon these experiences, I share the following… Read More
By Jessica Nina Lester, Robert Kronick, and Gavin Luter
There is no shortage of ideas around how to reform education, particularly for youth described as “at risk for failure.” In 2012 (see Lester, Kronick, and Benson), we described one approach to addressing the afterschool needs of youth in Knoxville,… Read More
Did you know that you can energize your classroom and yourself at the same time? High-energy classrooms stimulate thinking and set off a positive domino effect. The key to motivating students is to provoke, arouse, and encourage their thinking. Teaching strategies that empower students to learn go a long way… Read More
By Beverly Logas Koopman
The culture of a classroom has a lot of impact on how a classroom operates minute by minute. Entire programs, like Responsive Classroom, have been built around this one reality. For more than a decade, I’ve been using a democratic approach to my classroom’s daily meeting…. Read More
By Carolyn Bunting
So much of teaching is now driven by data (i.e., test scores) and dictated by “best practices” that teachers are losing confidence in their own creativity. Yet despite these unfortunate consequences of No Child Left Behind, the important work of teachers remains unchanged — the work of… Read More