Think Twice Before Doing Another Historical Simulation – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Hasan Kwame Jeffries (transcript): Sponsored by ProWritingAid* and Chill Expeditions *Cult of Pedagogy is an affiliate for ProWritingAid. If you sign up for a paid account through the provided link, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   What better way is there to learn about something than to actually live it? That’s the thinking behind classroom simulations, where teachers attempt to re-create an event and…

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Four Research-Based Strategies Every Teacher Should be Using – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Kiddom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   If you’ve opened this post hoping to read something brand-new, you might be disappointed. There will be no fancy bells or whistles here. That’s because a lot of the strategies we’re going…

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Let’s Give Our Teaching Language a Makeover – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Listenwise and NewseumED This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Consider two classrooms: Room 1 and Room 2. The students in both rooms are working in groups on an activity, and in each room, one of the groups has gotten off task. In Room 1, the teacher…

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How Khan Academy is Bringing Mastery Learning to the Masses – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Sal Khan (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and NewseumED   We live in a time when a person can learn just about anything online. And when it comes to creating free instructional videos, Khan Academy has been leading the pack for the last decade, starting first with math videos, then branching out to include tutorials on science, computer programming, history, economics, and even grammar. Recently, Khan has added a new layer to its platform that…

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Rubric Repair: 5 Changes that Get Results – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Mark Wise (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Microsoft Teams for Education   In my 20-year career as an administrator, I’ve had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in hundreds of classrooms across grade levels and content areas. While much has changed in education over those years, one element has remained constant: the well-intentioned use of rubrics with varying levels of success. Starting with their use as early as kindergarten and continuing…

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To Boost Learning, Just Add Movement – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Pear Deck and NewseumED This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   If you were to start singing “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” right now, I bet you’d have a hard time keeping your hands still. That’s because most of us who know the song learned it with gestures, and…

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A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Betsy Potash (transcript): Sponsored by Chill Expeditions and Kiddom   Have you heard the whispers about one-pagers in the online teacher hallways? The concept of a one-pager, in which students share their most important takeaways on a single piece of blank paper, has really taken off recently.   The one-pagers I see on Instagram draw me in like a slice of double chocolate mousse cake. The artistry students bring to representing their texts on a…

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Is That Higher-Order Task Really Higher Order? – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Chill Expeditions and Kiddom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   The mobiles hang from the ceiling like jewelry, filling Ms. Jackson’s language arts classroom with bright, twirling colors. They make a pretty canopy over the room, and if you look closer at the individual dangly bits…

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The Point of a Lesson – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Point of a Lesson The Point of a Lesson I am not a huge fan of collecting lesson plans and have not been for years.  It is my opinion that you can learn a great deal more by collecting and looking at assessments.  Regardless of where you stand on the whole lesson plan debate, the intent is what really matters. For all of us who have taught or have been in a leadership position that supports…

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The African-American Vernacular – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

“If we are to believe that majority of writers of Negro dialect and burnt-cork artists, Negro speech is a weird thing, full of ‘ams’ and ‘Ises.’ Fortunately, we don’t have to believe them. We may go directly to the Negro and let him speak for himself.” -Zora Neale Hurston, “Characteristics of Negro Expression” One of the unintended consequences of Brown v. BOE was how the court’s decision was implemented. Namely, Black schools were closed. Some Black administrators became teachers in…

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Deeper Class Discussions with the TQE Method – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Marisa Thompson (transcript): Sponsored by Peergrade and 3Doodler   So much of the learning we do comes from texts: articles, textbooks, novels, and all kinds of online publications. Sometimes, those texts come in less traditional forms; in fact, our use of the word “text” has broadened over time to include things like films, images, and even diagrams. Regardless of what form they come in, texts make up the bulk of how our students experience learning.…

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10 Essential Shifts of Everyday Teaching Practice – Education Article

Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Everyday PracticeBy Lee Watanabe-Crockett(Solution Tree Press, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Alex Valencic Much has been written on the topic of 21st century competencies, teaching, learning, and leadership and much will likely be written on this topic for many years to come. A quick perusal of my bookshelf at work reveals at least 15 such volumes; a search of colleagues’ shelves would undoubtedly reveal even more. So it was with some interest that…

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Note-taking: A Research Roundup | Cult of Pedagogy – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Peergrade and 3Doodler   Let’s talk about note-taking. Every day, in classrooms all over the world, students are taking notes. I have my own half-baked ideas about what makes one approach better than another, and I’m sure you do too. But if we’re going to call ourselves professionals, we need to know what the research says, yes? So I’ve combed through about three decades’ worth of research, and I’m going to…

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How To Address Failing Grades – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

Are you curious about how to address students who are failing classes? I have a few suggestions. There is a catch: you must (1) have an open mind, (2) err on the side of common sense, and (3) have the capacity for human decency. If you can check all of those boxes, you’re ready. If not, figure out how to check those boxes before reading further… In my district, the administration is running rampant trying to figure out how to…

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Voice of Witness: Bring the Power of Oral History to Your Classroom – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Cliff Mayotte (transcript): Sponsored by Peergrade and 3Doodler   Teaching history and English has gotten complicated. For many, many years, educational publishers produced texts that centered an overwhelmingly white, European experience. But in recent decades, there’s been a push to change that, to widen the lens, to hear the voices of those who are so often under- or misrepresented. Many teachers have done an admirable job of addressing this need by expanding the menu of…

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What Are the Best Ways to Use Leveled Texts? – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Jen Serravallo (transcript): Sponsored by Peergrade and Microsoft Inclusive Classroom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   A few weeks ago, a teacher named Isabelle O’Kane sent me a direct message on Twitter. She had been reading a debate that was raging all over social media, and she wondered if it…

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