4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant

Some things I’ve heard in 17 years of working in gifted education: “What do I need to do to get my kid into the gifted program in your school?” “You know how important it is in this community to have your child labeled gifted.” “I need my child in the gifted class...

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Improve Math Skills With a 5 Minute Daily Edit

There's a lot we can learn about teaching math skills from language arts teachers. For example, think about how we build writing fluency and grammar skills in language arts. Among other things, we certainly do these: Explicitly teach important skills and rules....

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What’s Your Hurry? 3 Reasons Slow Math Is Best

As both a teacher and administrator, I often heard from parents whose children were exceptionally good at math. "My daughter already knows how to multiply four-digit numbers, so third grade math is too easy for her. She needs to be accelerated." There's lots of...

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If Reading Were Like Math

"To me, math is numbers: it's concrete; it's black-and-white. I don't understand why you need to bring this conceptual thing into math -- at least not at this age.'' This was a quote from a parent of a ten-year-old Pennsylvania child from a May 15 article at the NBC...

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Using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

The word "rigor" is hard to avoid today, and it provokes strong reactions from educators. Policymakers tout its importance. Publishers promote it as a feature of their materials. But some teachers share the view of Joanne Yatvin, past president of the National Council...

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ACT Test Says More STEM Courses Aren’t Better

ACT, the organization that produces one of the two major college entrance exams in the United States, has just reported that taking more math and science courses has little or no effect on student achievement in those subjects. In a report with the slightly...

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Book Review: Digital Leadership

Everything is changing—society, the educational landscape, and learners—and it is time for educational leaders to embody a modern, progressive form of leadership. More often than not, the individuals trusted with leading change in the twenty-first century are the...

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