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How to Turn Note-Haters into Note-Creators (Window Notes)

McREL Blog  |  June 13, 2019  |  By Matthew J. Perini  →  Imagine asking hundreds of students and adults to share their unfiltered thoughts and feelings about taking notes in school. What do you think you’d get back? It turns out . ....

Making Lessons Memorable: Designing from Two Perspectives

ASCD EXPRESS  |  August 9, 2018 (Volume 13, Issue 23)  |  By Harvey F. Silver, Susan Kreisman  →  What do we want students to learn? What do we want them to remember—tomorrow? Next month? Next year? Clearly, we cannot separate learning from memory. Ensuring that what...

Recapturing the Magic of Teaching and Learning

ASCD InSERVICE Blog  |  June 1, 2015  |  By R. Thomas Dewing  →  Where has the magic gone? In my travels as an education consultant, I have worked with hundreds of educators in hundreds of schools who are doing hundreds of great things on any given day. The commitment...

Effective Communication Needs Common Language and Goals

ASCD EXPRESS  |  April 9, 2015  |  By Lindsay Vieira, Dean Auriemma  →  Where has the magic gone? In my travels as an education consultant, I have worked with hundreds of educators in hundreds of schools who are doing hundreds of great things on any given day. The...

STEM-ify Your Strategies

ASCD EXPRESS  |  December 24, 2014 (Volume 10, Issue 8)  |  By Claudia M. Geocaris  →  Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, assessment literacy—how are teachers supposed to do it all? Instead of adding more to their plates, teachers can use...

Recapturing the Magic of Teaching and Learning

ASCD InSERVICE Blog  |  June 6, 2014  |  By Harvey F. Silver  →  They say that the classics never go out of style. And lately, whenever I talk about the interconnection between assessment and instruction in one of my workshops, I find myself coming back to the same...

Helping Students Climb the Common Core Staircase

ASCD Educational Leadership  |  March 1, 2014 (Volume 71, Number 6)  |  By Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini  →  To prepare students for demanding assessments, we need to teach them how to examine and refine their own work. What's one way to reflect on the challenge...

The Four Ps of Effective Feedback: An Aha! Moment

SAANYS Practices (currently Vanguard)  |  Fall 2013  |  By Susan Gorton  →  Recently, my use of Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework led to an Aha! moment. Alas, unlike most of my Aha! moments, which have come to me in the middle of the night or within...

Tips for Engaging Students in Scientific Thinking

ASCD EXPRESS  |  July 18, 2013 (Volume 8, Issue 21)  |  By Claudia M. Geocaris, Rochelle Green →  "I hate science. We never DO anything!" We often hear this lament from students, and if their science classes amount to lectures, textbooks, and worksheets, who can blame...

The Triple Challenge of Evaluating Teachers

AASA School Administrator  |  January 2013 (Volume 70, Number 1)  |  By Cindy Weber  →  A colleague of mine recently posed this question to me: What keeps you up at night? The first thing that popped into my mind was school funding, but I changed my answer to teacher...

Making Lessons Memorable: Designing from Two Perspectives

ASCD EXPRESS  |  August 9, 2018 (Volume 13, Issue 23)  |  By Harvey F. Silver, Susan Kreisman  →  What do we want students to learn? What do we want them to remember—tomorrow? Next month? Next year? Clearly, we cannot separate learning from memory. Ensuring that what...

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Recapturing the Magic of Teaching and Learning

ASCD InSERVICE Blog  |  June 1, 2015  |  By R. Thomas Dewing  →  Where has the magic gone? In my travels as an education consultant, I have worked with hundreds of educators in hundreds of schools who are doing hundreds of great things on any given day. The commitment...

read more

Effective Communication Needs Common Language and Goals

ASCD EXPRESS  |  April 9, 2015  |  By Lindsay Vieira, Dean Auriemma  →  Where has the magic gone? In my travels as an education consultant, I have worked with hundreds of educators in hundreds of schools who are doing hundreds of great things on any given day. The...

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STEM-ify Your Strategies

ASCD EXPRESS  |  December 24, 2014 (Volume 10, Issue 8)  |  By Claudia M. Geocaris  →  Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, assessment literacy—how are teachers supposed to do it all? Instead of adding more to their plates, teachers can use...

read more

Recapturing the Magic of Teaching and Learning

ASCD InSERVICE Blog  |  June 6, 2014  |  By Harvey F. Silver  →  They say that the classics never go out of style. And lately, whenever I talk about the interconnection between assessment and instruction in one of my workshops, I find myself coming back to the same...

read more

Helping Students Climb the Common Core Staircase

ASCD Educational Leadership  |  March 1, 2014 (Volume 71, Number 6)  |  By Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini  →  To prepare students for demanding assessments, we need to teach them how to examine and refine their own work. What's one way to reflect on the challenge...

read more

The Four Ps of Effective Feedback: An Aha! Moment

SAANYS Practices (currently Vanguard)  |  Fall 2013  |  By Susan Gorton  →  Recently, my use of Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework led to an Aha! moment. Alas, unlike most of my Aha! moments, which have come to me in the middle of the night or within...

read more

Tips for Engaging Students in Scientific Thinking

ASCD EXPRESS  |  July 18, 2013 (Volume 8, Issue 21)  |  By Claudia M. Geocaris, Rochelle Green →  "I hate science. We never DO anything!" We often hear this lament from students, and if their science classes amount to lectures, textbooks, and worksheets, who can blame...

read more

The Triple Challenge of Evaluating Teachers

AASA School Administrator  |  January 2013 (Volume 70, Number 1)  |  By Cindy Weber  →  A colleague of mine recently posed this question to me: What keeps you up at night? The first thing that popped into my mind was school funding, but I changed my answer to teacher...

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Reading for Meaning

ASCD EXPRESS  |  December 6, 2012 (Volume 8, Issue 5)  |  By Harvey F. Silver, R. Thomas Dewing, Matthew J. Perini →  Reading for Meaning is a research-based strategy that helps all readers build the skills that proficient readers use to make sense of challenging...

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The Balancing Acts of Teacher Evaluation

ASCD Educational Leadership  |  November 2012 (Volume 70, Number 3)  |  By Cindy Weber  →  In creating evaluation systems that promote teacher growth, school leaders must attend to three challenges. Sometimes, when you're handed a new, many-sided responsibility, it's...

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Creating a Differentiated Mathematics Classroom

ASCD Educational Leadership  |  February 2004 (Volume 61, Number 5)  |  By Richard W. Strong, Edward J. Thomas, Matthew J. Perini, Harvey F. Silver  →  Recognizing different mathematical learning styles and adapting differentiated teaching strategies can facilitate...

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Boredom and Its Opposite

ASCD Educational Leadership  |  September 2003 (Volume 61, Number 1)  |  By Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini, Greg Tuculescu  →  An understanding of natural human interests gives teachers tools for overcoming students' reluctance to...

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Making Students as Important as Standards

ASCD Educational Leadership |  November 2001 (Volume 59, Number 3)  |  By Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini  →  Educators can align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with both standards and students in mind so that standards serve teaching...

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Keeping It Simple and Deep

ASCD Educational Leadership |  March 1999 (Volume 56, Number 6)  |  By Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini, Basho, Issa, Onitsura  →  What do Japanese haiku have to do with innovative school reform? More than you might think.

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Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

ASCD Educational Leadership |  September 1997 (Volume 55, Number 1)  |  By Harvey F. Silver, Richard W. Strong, Matthew J. Perini  →  What does it mean to express kinesthetic intelligence in an interpersonal way? Integrating styles and intelligences can help children...

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Thoughtful Education: Staff Development for the 1990s

ASCD Educational Leadership |  February 1990 (Volume 47, Number 5)  |  By Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, J. Robert Hanson, Robert J. Marzano, Pat Wolfe, R. Thomas Dewing, Wende Brock  →  For a group of staff developers, working together to create a framework to...

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New Strategies, New Visions

ASCD Educational Leadership |  October 1986 (Volume 44, Number 2)  |  By Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, J. Robert Hanson  →  Skillful teachers use a variety of strategies to meet the demands of diverse students, content, and goals.

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