Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before. As much as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing instructional practice in the classroom, we must acknowledge that student learning under CCSS requires a schoolwide transformation that transcends individual classrooms and requires the dedicated, continual attention of the principal. Consider how these five essential schoolwide conditions for CCSS will fundamentally shift the way principals go about leading schools.
Schools across the United States have returned to business as usual following December’s holiday break, but the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is still fresh in the minds of school personnel …...
The more efficient your teaching technique the better your students’ comprehension level. This is just one of the benefits of mind mapping and encouraging students to work together as they learn new things.
Some of the most common strategies for retaining knowledge are the least effective, according to a new report
The second learning strategy that is highly recommended by the report’s authors is practice testing. Yes, more tests — but these are not for a grade. Research shows that the mere act of calling information to mind strengthens that knowledge and aids in future retrieval. While practice testing is not a common strategy — despite the robust evidence supporting it — there is one familiar approach that captures its benefits: using flash cards. And now flash cards can be presented in digital form, via apps like Quizlet, StudyBlue and FlashCardMachine. Both spaced-out learning, or distributed practice, and practice tests were rated as having “high utility” by the authors.
By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli For months now, critics inside and outside the Hoosier State have been attacking Indiana’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards; unhappiness on the right may have contributed to...
"Our association would be uncomfortable with volunteers," said Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers—whose members are mostly trained law enforcement officers who "become part of the school family.'"
Canady questioned how police officers responding to reports of a shooter would know whether the person with a gun is a volunteer or the assailant.