17 Favorite Classroom Q&A Posts of 2021 (Opinion)
What a year it has been!
I will publish a list of the most popular articles of the year soon.
Today I’m going to share my personal favorites from last year (not in any order of preference).
You can see the list after this snippet of one of them:
What are the best strategies for small group teaching?
For beginning teachers, take small steps by introducing small group teaching. Try a single strategy and add more time as you go.
Teaching about slavery in the United States? Start with honesty
Strategies should include teachers recognizing what they don’t know and recognizing that they need to convey some ugly truths.
6 small pedagogical changes teachers can make for big results
Increasing the “wait time”, giving students more choice and differentiating instruction in a simple way are some manageable changes.
What students in their third year of school think about a pandemic
Some are happy to be back, to be with friends, and to learn in person, while others prefer to learn online. And concerns persist over COVID.
7 mistakes districts made during the pandemic
Arrogance and looking at students through the lens of deficits, rather than strengths, are blunders.
12 ways to support Afghan refugee students
Four teachers experienced in teaching refugee students share their suggestions.
Five strategies for implementing accelerated learning
Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher share suggestions on how to accelerate learning, including building student confidence.
“Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Achievement”: an interview with author Christopher Emdin
The author discusses student rights in the classroom, students ‘discovery of knowledge, and students’ view through the lens of assets.
On Critical Race Theory, Teachers “Should Go Against Inquiry”
Four educators respond to conservative attacks on critical race theory and lessons on systemic racism.
The six most effective teaching strategies for ELLs – according to teachers
Teachers share their ‘benchmark’ strategies for teaching English language learners, including sentence starters and total physical response.
Four strategies for effective writing instruction
Three educators share their best ideas on teaching K-12 writing, including writing frames and graphic organizers.
How students want to reinvent education next year
The main characteristics that students look for are relevance and supportive relationships.
Ten ways I’ll teach differently next year
I am sharing 10 teaching practices that I developed during the pandemic and that I will continue in the next school year.
Thirteen educational strategies to support ELL newcomers
Five educators share effective instructional strategies for use with newcomers learning English, including using pictures and games.
Students respond to adults’ fixation on ‘learning loss’
A Boston educator shares three guidelines for responding to the âlearning lossâ she developed based on conversations with her students.
The idea of âââlearning lossâ prompts us to ask ourselves, âThe loss of what? “
An educator in Georgia questions current thinking about âlearning lossâ and asks, âWhat if the loss was loss by inflicting harm? “
“I’m no longer giving grades on student writing homework, and that’s the best thing ever!” “
Five educators share how they helped motivate students to review their writing.