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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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Equity in Education: Is Student-Centered Learning Only for the Affluent?

Who wouldn’t like the idea of student-centered learning? The very name captures everything that education is supposed to be: an experience designed around students. While few would argue against student-centered learning, educators still have a long way to go in designing a system that matches student needs and interests. A common objection to designing student-centered …

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Is an Out-Of-Control-Classroom Always a Bad Thing?

When we stand in front of a classroom, we can envision the possibility, of an uprising that will lead to an out-of-control classroom. But there are also side-effects to tightly controlling student behavior. Once we take ownership of rules, decisions, and sources of motivation, our students no longer need to.