A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources

Listen to my interview with Karen Vaites (transcript): For as long as the internet has been around, teachers have been able to find free resources online. But while it’s great to not have to pay for things, free instructional materials don’t exactly come without problems. One major concern is quality. When a resource is free,… Continue reading A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources

Far-Reaching Deal , McGraw-Hill and Open Educational Resources

What Are Open Educational Resources? Open educational resources (OER) are open and free instructional materials not restricted by licensing. Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. There is no universal usage of open file formats in OER. McGraw-Hill… Continue reading Far-Reaching Deal , McGraw-Hill and Open Educational Resources

Data, Culture, and Teacher Leaders

Originally posted in https://www.nassp.org/2018/12/01/role-call-december-2018/ Gunston Middle School is a school in northern Virginia with more than 60 different nationalities and more than 30 different home languages represented within the student body. We were a school that celebrated rich diversity, but we did not equitably educate all students for high levels of success. Gunston had a history… Continue reading Data, Culture, and Teacher Leaders

Early Childhood Math Questioning Strategies

Strategies using the What Work’s Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Math To Young Children’s Recommendation 4, “Teach Children to View and Describe Their World Mathematically.”

Teachers should ask questions that require children to use math-related term to describe something. For example, asking, how can we find out? How many children are here today? How many snacks we need, et cetera, gives children the opportunity to communicate about a math strategy, and then to practice that strategy. Additionally, when asking open-ended… Continue reading Early Childhood Math Questioning Strategies

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From Class to Real Life

So many times teachers struggle to make meaningful real-life connections to their lessons. Students often become disengaged because the lessons is meaningless to them and their lives. But it’s not just the teacher’s fault. Sometimes it’s the course itself that needs to be meaningful. What an innovative school this is! Inspiring to hear the stories… Continue reading From Class to Real Life

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