In Support of the National Writing Project

In this post I wanted to show my support for the National Writing Project (NWP). Given the funding concerns in Washington it is important for the NWP to continue. I know I’m a math guy and I don’t teach English/Language Arts, but I do know a lot of...

Do The Arts Make Kids Smarter?

Study after study have shown that where the arts are prevalent in a school’s curriculum—surprise!—test scores rise. In a recent article in Parenting magazine, Nancy Kalish discusses Why Art Makes Kids Smarter .  She notes several different sources and research that...

What is the role of questioning in your classroom?

Some years ago, I was working with a group of sixth grade teachers, looking at student work. A science teacher in the group shared an end of unit test from class study of the laws of motion. On the front side was a multiple choice section, and on the back were several...

The Leader as Inventor

Several years ago I wrote an invited article for the Wesleyan Graduate Review.  It was entitled “Teaching and the Process of Invention,” using the metaphor of an inventor to describe what teachers do to reach all their students and help them succeed.  In revisiting...

Academic Dialogue

Academic Dialogue isn’t the teacher asking questions and then calling on students one at a time.  Students need to publically communicate their ideas and work to help each other as well as respond to the teacher. Creating a community of learners is the key to rigorous...