What is an instructional strategy and/or teaching concept that you think is under-used/under-appreciated in the classroom that you think should be practiced more widely? In Part One, Kathy Glass, Amber Chandler, Carol Salva, Jennifer Davis Bowman, and Janet Allen proposed their "nominees." You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with Kathy, Amber, Carol, and Jennifer on my BAM! Radio Show. You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here. Today's contributors are Jo Boaler, Katie Brown, Rachael George, Laura Greenstein, Dan Rothstein, David Jacob, and Greg Brown.
Schools sometimes are designed in ways that de-emphasize imagination and creativity, researcher Wendy Ostroff suggests. She offers eight strategies, such as telling collaborative stories and giving students more control over learning, to help jump-start older students' imaginations.
Your brain will remember things that are exciting, out-of-the-ordinary and funny, says Nelson Dellis, four-time USA Memory Championship winner. Create mental images of things and link them to other thoughts to help you remember them.
The US education system should be redesigned to prioritize student mastery, according to a report from iNACOL. The report highlights five policy steps that the group says could help schools move toward personalized, competency-based education.
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Data and Resources
PovertyUSA is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. An initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PovertyUSA seeks to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.
National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.
Census Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program produces single-year estimates of income and poverty for all U.S. states and counties as well as estimates of school-age children in poverty for all 13,000+ school districts.