Principal Connection/Can You Be Too Nice?

Thomas R. Hoerr argues that sometimes principals can try too hard to be “liked” which can undermine their ability to lead. This can lead to these problems: We are not clear about our expectations. We only give feedback on what’s positive. We do not hold firm to our beliefs. However, he does believe that principals…

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…

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