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How to Do the Do Now

How to Do the Do Now by Aaron Lanou   In middle and high school classrooms, the “Do Now” is ubiquitous. It is a necessary element of the lesson, with a dual purpose: 1) it gives students something to do… Continue Reading →

Fostering Independence in the Classroom

by Lauren Hough-Williams Fall is an exciting time for students and teachers alike: Sharpened pencils, pristine classrooms; new books and opportunities for a new year. There is a mix of nervous anticipation and the excitement of potential in the air…. Continue Reading →

Big Thinking Requires [Consistent] Visuals

by Aaron Lanou   BIG THINKING Teachers regularly ask students to do big thinking: infer what this character is thinking; synthesize what you’ve learned from these various sources; provide relevant evidence for your claim. We may take for granted that… Continue Reading →

Top 3 Tips for setting up your classroom in the fall

Summer’s winding down, and it’s time to start thinking about setting up your classroom! Yes, think about desk arrangements. Yes count your book bins. Definitely break out your label-maker, but let’s not start there.   Instead, let’s step back and… Continue Reading →

You’ve been sitting down for how long??

In school, especially middle and high school, we tend to plan period to period. When we plan in period increments it becomes easy to become so focused on the parts that you forget to think about students’ experience across the… Continue Reading →

Directions: Say it in three

Teachers like to talk! When we lead a lesson, support a student, and give class directions, we tend to use lots and lots of language. Seriously. Lots of language. The irony is, much of what we are saying in the… Continue Reading →

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