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Advertorial: Learning Together = Greater Gains

This article has been written by Edmentum which offers education technology that teachers can trust. Edmentum boasts over 60 years of experience in K12 digital education solutions and supports educators globally in delivering world-class pedagogy to drive students’ academic growth. Educators need a well-planned professional learning programme that supports them in developing their skills, in order to help their students on their own journey to success. The move from discussing professional dev

Supporting English Language Learners and Preparing for PISA 2025

In 2025 PISA is offering an optional foreign language assessment for the first time. Around the world, countries have similar and differing reasons for foreign language learning. As you think about why your school or government supports foreign language learning, does it appear on this list? What would you add? In 2025 PISA is offering an optional foreign language assessment for the first time. Geared to provide educators and policymakers students’ foreign language competence and insights into

75 digital tools and apps teachers can use to support formative assessment in the classroom

There is no shortage of formative assessment strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. Here is an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help you and your students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of learning. We didn’t just add any old tool to this list. Here are the criteria we used for those that made the cut: • Supports formative instructional strategies and ways to activate learn

Assessing as a Support for Learning

“…the primary purpose of assessment is not to measure but to further learning.” Sarah M. Bonner, SAGE Handbook of Research on Classroom Assessment, 2013, p. 97 The idea of “furthering” learning rather than measuring it via assessing may be a paradigm shift for some. For others, it makes lots of sense. Lorna Earl (2003) introduced us to the idea of assessment as learning. What if we changed our language? What if we stopped talking about assessment and started talking about assessing? What if we

Re-Engaging for Learning in the New School Year

Schools are community hubs. The school building is often used for community functions. Community members physically and fiscally support the school and educational system. Learning happens in many places throughout the community. This educational ecosystem is large. Re-engaging learners (and the community) after the last 18 months will take a multi-faceted approach. The title of Hugh Vasquez’s article, “What if We… Don’t Return to School as Usual,” challenges us to consider doing things differe

Rubric Do’s & Don’ts (Opinion)

The new question-of-the-week is: Do you use rubrics? Why or why not? If you do, how do you use them most effectively? If you don’t, what do you use instead? I know that I am in the minority, but I’m generally not a big fan of rubrics. In my experience, I feel like they tend to take too much time for me to create; having students co-create them is obviously much better, but doing that takes even more time. Often students don’t really pay much attention to them, anyway, and they can often resul

'Students Will Ask Great Questions If We Give Them the Chance' (Opinion)

The new question-of-the-week is: How can we encourage students to develop their own questions? And, once they create them, what’s next? In Part One , Mary Beth Nicklaus, Kevin Parr, Silvina Jover, and Andrea Clark offer their suggestions. Mary Beth and Kevin were also guests on my 10-minute BAM! Radio Show . You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here. In Part Two , Warren Berger, Elise Foster, Jackie Acree Walsh, Ph.D., Joy Hamm, and Carey Borkoski, Ph.D., Ed.D., shared th

Ways to Promote Student Engagement (Opinion)

The new question-of-the-week is: What does “student engagement” mean, and what can we do to promote it in our classrooms? We talk about the importance of having students engaged, but what does that really look like? What are they doing, and what kind of content do they actually need to be engaged with? Today, Kathy Dyer, Sarah Said, Samantha Cortez, Cathy Beck, Danny Weeks, Dr. Beth Gotcher, Madeline Whitaker Good, and Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D., help to answer those questions. You can
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