2 days 18 hours ago
What are you doing this summer? Summer should be fun, engaging, active, and memorable. Let us help you have fun this summer with math games and reading. Yes, I said math. All of the AfterSchool KidzMath games and story guide activities are a great way to make summer fun and memorable while also supporting kids’ confidence, skills, and...
3 days 3 hours ago
In the Collaborative Classroom, we believe classroom learning experiences should be built around students constructing knowledge and engaging in action. Providing these types of experiences takes careful consideration and planning by the teacher. Teachers’ intentional planning makes the difference between lessons that shine with the...
5 days 18 hours ago
This is part one of a two-part series on the importance of using teacher talk to engage our students. During my last and best years of teaching in public schools, I was paid to be delighted by some of my favorite people: adolescents. Because of the emotional nature of these fine middle school friends, I was privileged to learn and grow more than... (2)
6 days 2 hours ago
The goal of most American teachers is to successfully educate all students, but too many black and Latino students underperform academically and fail to meet their potential. Educating all students well is not only important for the students themselves, but for our nation as a whole. We cannot have a just and democratic society without fully...
1 week 2 days ago
Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of our organization’s programs; in a way, the authors are our behind-the-scenes collaborators. We want teachers, administrators, students, and parents to be able to learn more about these wonderful authors and illustrators. We are happy to present the third in our new series of interviews, a...
1 week 3 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
I was surprised by how difficult it’s been to build a professional learning community (PLC) for collective learning. It’s critical for teachers to have the opportunity to continually share learning experiences—it bolsters student achievement and teacher success. But progress in this area was slow getting started, and definitely...
1 week 5 days ago
In our last after-school tip, we talked about the importance of bringing enthusiasm to everything we do with kids. I still remember when I was in sixth grade, and our teacher welcomed us back from summer with an exhausted look on her face and a deadpan: “Now we are going to learn about ‘New Math.’ I spent the whole summer on it.... (1)
2 weeks 2 days ago
What can the SIPPS Assessment Tool App do? And how does it work? The SIPPS Assessment Tool is designed to support teachers in managing their SIPPS data. As with all new technologies, we first have to learn how to use the tool effectively in order to manage the data and support instruction. The Learning Technologies team has developed tutorials to...
2 weeks 3 days ago
Some teacher friends and I were talking the other night: Teacher 1: “What do you do when you ask the class a question and it’s just dead silent? Not in a good way, but in a really, really awkward way.” Teacher 2: “I make cricket noises. We all laugh and then usually a student speaks up.” Teacher 3: “I...
2 weeks 5 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
Can you believe the first half of the school year has already passed? It’s now time to reflect and focus on the second half of the year. It’s time to examine all the feedback given by staff, families, and students, the data that has been collected, the relationships that have been built, and the progress that has been made, so we can...