4 Easy, Non-Academic Ways to Increase Student Achievement

There is quite a bit of recent research pointing to the idea that psychological interventions in learning environments can have a great impact on achievement. Eric Jensen summarizes some of this evidence in his article Your Students’ Number One Life Skill.  While the idea of social emotional learning is complex, there are some easy ways to implement these ideas in …

Got Reluctant Readers?

I don’t know about everyone else but we have a pervasive problem with students refusing to read on their own time. This causes a problem once they come back to class because they can’t participate and you can see how that spirals into some very unsuccessful lessons and makes it very difficult to do group work, a main theme in …

Perseverance and High Stakes Testing

Every time I have a discussion about high stakes testing, it always ends with the same conclusion; there is very little wrong with student skills but they lack persistence. If they don’t read the passage then they will not be able to respond thoughtfully. If they don’t attempt a problem then they can’t possibly get it right. As much as …

Gamification in Book Discussions

  As we continue to struggle with student engagement, gamification has become an intriguing way to make a boring activity more enticing to 21st century learners.  We used this game with 11th grade students reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest , by Ken Kesey in hopes of increasing their level of participation during book discussions. I used the Instructional …