The Gift of Digital Voice

Technology is ever-present in schools today, but to what end? School leaders’ inspiration for this use varies from school to school. For some, technology use is driven by a desire to prepare students for online test-taking, for others, it is all about job readiness, and still others argue that it is also about engaging students …

Middle school matters

For many young people, middle school is a maelstrom of insecurity and angst. As educators, we have to do everything in our power to nurture our middle school students, to prop them up when they need support and to celebrate their successes when times are good. Only with deliberate action can we ensure that our …

Professional capital and teacher retainment

By Adam Steiner, @steineredtech Inspired by Professional Capital by Andy Hargreaves (@HargreavesBC) and Michael Fullan (@MichaelFullan1) Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan applied the concept of professional capital to school improvement as an alternative to the business capital approach to education that emphasizes the use of data to homogenize teaching. Professional capital instead recognizes that teaching …

How teachers can overcome “I hate to read”

By Natacha Scott, Assistant Director of History and Social Studies for the Boston Public Schools We’ve all heard the dreaded phrase in an elementary classroom, “I hate to read.” Together, those four words cause a teacher to freeze, drop their jaw in astonishment, and secretly hope the comment isn’t completed by any of the following …

The Achievement Gender Gap for Boys

Today’s blog post was written by Jay Barry, a social studies teacher at Arlington High School. Jay has seen first hand the challenge of engaging boys in academics at the high school level. In his post, he describes that problem and his abbreviated effort to do something about it. The Achievement Gender Gap for Boys …

Teach Like a Parent

Teach Like a Parent: Show Them the Love How can principals and other administrators can help new teachers avoid burning out? Make it absolutely clear to new teachers that  their number one priority must always be to show students compassion and caring – and to share their own love of learning. Many of us have …

Memo to #edtech companies: Don’t forget content!

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The past 5 years has seen a dramatic shift in the way that technology is used in the classroom. Driven by greater access to broadband network connections and low-cost mobile devices, there is a greater emphasis on technology that is integrated into regular classroom activities and that does more than simply replace traditional forms of …

RHSU-Inspired University Influence Rankings

I am huge fan of the Edu-Scholar public influence rankings put out by Rick Hess (twitter: @richhess99) via Education Week every year. Here is the link to this year’s ratings, which were released last week: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2016/01/the_2016_rhsu_edu-scholar_public_influence_rankings.html I thought it would be interesting to aggregate the results by university to gain some understanding of the most …

Get in the Game: 10 Ideas for Bringing Gaming into Your High School Classroom

After three decades of educational games that emphasize simplicity over challenge and content over engagement, the nature of video game use in the classroom is transforming. Specifically, there is an understanding that many entertainment-oriented video games have intrinsic educational value in their demand for critical thinking and emphasis on risk-taking – and that there is …