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…

Making Group Work Productive

Authors Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher assert that teachers pay attention to these indicators of productive group work and suggest ways to ensure them:

  • Creative tasks
  • Joint attention to the task
  • Development of group social skills
  • Language and organizational support
  • Optimal group size and composition
  • An active teacher role

Author: Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher

Bart’s Struggles in School

Bart Simpson is sent to a remedial class after it is discovered that he never learned cursive. Questions * Why did Bart make an inappropriate noise with his arm when he couldn’t perform the task he was asked? * Who benefited by Bart going into the “Leg Up” program? * Do you see students in…