Teachers must focus students on the purpose for reading, and plan vocabulary instruction in a way that directly supports that purpose and content. As the authors point out, knowledge of “photosynthesis”, a tier 3 word, will hardly… Read More →
CTL had to dig deep into communication and collaboration–skills we help teachers develop in their students–to develop a short animated video that describes our work. We had to ask ourselves what we do and for whom; what our mission… Read More →
Project based learning helps CTL achieve one of our goals: to advance a vision of schooling that engages all students in interesting and rigorous work, develops their talents and abilities, and prepares them for college and career. Read More →
The obvious way that the pieces connect and depend on each other suggests that when we dissect effective teaching for the sake of improving, we need to spend time on putting it all together again in a way that works for students.
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Rigor is a word that gets thrown around in meetings, planning documents and social media amongst educators. But what exactly is rigor? Too often we mistake rigor for “more difficult” and while we want to challenge our students we don’t want that challenge to be deadly.. Read More →
A coffee metaphor for how technology can change educational practice, going from substitution to redefinition (think pumpkin spice instead of plain java) offers insights into how leaders can enhance student learning. Read More →