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Standards Based Grading brings standardized testing to the your daily classroom experience

Standards-Based Grading: The Perfect Solution to an Imaginary Problem

If you’ve been to an education conference recently, you’ve heard about standards-based grading.  It’s easy to see why many schools are looking for alternatives to traditional grades. “Standards-Based Grading.” The very name conveys authority, importance, and fairness. After all, who would choose a system called substandard grading? Or opinion-based grading?  Before I’d ever heard of …

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Students frustrated by word problems

How to Help Students Who Struggle with Word Problems

“They know the math. They’re just can’t do the word problems. It’s their reading comprehension.” Ms. Hartwell was explaining why her students had struggled on the state tests. She knew her students, and had done ample assessment. She was sure their difficulties were a literacy issue. “I don’t understand why they make the reading so …

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Classroom Management Through Classroom Culture

Are You Managing Behavior or Building Classroom Culture?

When starting a new year, it’s important to make the right first impression. Many teachers approach classroom management by making sure students know “who’s in charge.” Others focus on building classroom culture, with a student-centered, relationship-first approach. But which is best for our students? And do we have to choose just one? There is, of …

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Math Connections Increase Student Achievement and Engagement

Educator Spotlight: How Math Connections Inspire a Love for Learning

This Month’s Educator spotlight shines on Eliset Claudio. Ms. Claudio is a 6th Grade math teacher at MS 126 in Brooklyn. She shares how the Three Bridges Design for Learning helps her and her students make math connections.   Ms. Claudio is the type of educator who leads with her heart. She wants to ensure …

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