Tyler DeWitt: Hey Science Teachers-Make it Fun

A science teacher explains how student feedback helped him to improve his lesson plans and calls on other teachers to revolutionize the way they teach. Questions What are you passionate about? Why? How do you respond to working on things you are not passionate about? Why would students remember a story better than homework reading?…

Another Inconvenient Truth: Race and Ethnicity Matter

University professors and researchers Willis Hawley and Sonia Nieto breakdown issues and misconceptions that some educators have about dealing with issues of race and ethnicity in the classroom. They offer three race- and ethnicity-conscious strategies for school improvement, centered around understanding the diverse backgrounds of all students in the classroom. Hawley and Nieto conclude by…

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller advocate student-driven projects. To facilitate such projects, the authors propose that every teacher make sure he or she includes the seven essential elements of project-based learning in every long-term assignment. These elements are: A need to know A driving question Student voice and choice 21st century skills Inquiry and…