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The Five Attitudes and Beliefs of Expert Teachers (from John Hattie’s book Visible Learning for Teachers)

We all want to be highly effective in our field. We all want to cause high levels of learning in each and everyone of our students. None of us set out to be mediocre.  However, becoming excellent at what we … Continue reading

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Revisiting Cornell Notes: An Effective Note Taking Method

Before you say to yourself “yes I know know this stuff already” and right off this post as another, “we should all use Cornell Notes”, take the time to consider the following benefits… Cornell Notes is a research-based method for … Continue reading

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10 Research Based Principles of Instruction

10 Research Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know This is a summary of a recent article in American Educator by Barak Rosenshine. Each of the following principles of effective research based pedagogy is thoroughly supported in both the research … Continue reading

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Beat the Odds: A Research Summary

A recent study of schools throughout the state of Arizona found that the highest performing schools where not the ones in the most affluent environments. In fact they found that factors such as “class size, length of school day, amount … Continue reading

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Forward Together: Research Based Grading Practices

For more information on what the research says about effective grading checkout the following book summaries: Elements of Grading (Doug Reeves) How to Grade for Learning (Ken O’Connor) Standards Based Grading (Thomas Guskey)

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The Elements of Explicit Instruction

“One of the best tools available to educators is explicit instruction.” (Archer & Hughes 2011) In a synthesis of a wide range of research, Anita Archer and Charles Hughes recently extolled the benefits of explicit instruction. In their recent book … Continue reading

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Emily Wallman earns Science Research Honors

Senior science researcher Emily Wallman earned Highest Honors for her presentation at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair held this past Saturday at St. John Fisher.  Emily will move on to the International Science and Engineering fair in Pittsburgh, where 1500 … Continue reading

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Is You Instruction Smart Phone Friendly?

Current research (click here for the research summary) is discovering that when students have access to smart phones they study more… up to 40 minutes more per week! That is awesome.  So the question I have for you is… is … Continue reading

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Research Summary: Large High School Aligns Grading Policies

About the School: In this helpful Educational Leadership article, Jeffrey Erickson, assistant principal of a suburban 2,900-student high school, describes the journey he and his colleagues undertook to address problems they had identified with their grading system: inconsistency from class … Continue reading

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