Note-taking for College Career Readiness

Background: Taking notes from teacher presentations or from text or electronic material is an expectation for students beginning in the intermediate grades that increases at each level:  middle school, high school and especially college.  For some students, figuring...

Writing to Communicate in Mathematics

Students struggle to share what they know about mathematics through writing, and it should not be surprise to anyone that students feel uncomfortable writing about mathematics. As math teachers, most of us don’t write about mathematics routinely (if ever). We were not...
Helping Students Understand Their Own Thinking

Helping Students Understand Their Own Thinking

Helping students learn to think about the processes they use to solve problems is an area of interest for me these days. I have been reading a lot about the different ways to help students understand problem solving in mathematics and the different kinds of thinking...
Vocabulary Development in the Social Studies Classroom

Vocabulary Development in the Social Studies Classroom

Vocabulary Development as we know it today is entirely different from what you likely encountered in school. Today we have a much more solid grasp on how students come to understand and fluently use new words. To maximize retention, students need multiple exposures to...
Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

This post has been updated from its original 2012 publish date. I recently stumbled across a quote that, for me, sums up so perfectly the Common Core State Standards and how they demand a more focused and rigorous classroom approach to prepare students as competitive...