Teaching and Learning

Sometimes The Right Thing to Do is to Back Off Students

A teenager sits outside a Subway with a laptop. His dad’s work is in danger of shutting down, so having Internet access at home isn’t a priority right now. Now he sits on the sidewalk, trying to do his work and keep from getting behind. And all I can think is, “What are we having him do that’s so important that he’s outside a fast-food restaurant to access Wi-Fi? Can’t we just give him a break?” 

Widespread school closures are unprecedented, and everyone is trying desperately to find their footing—kids as well as teachers. As educators, our default reaction when

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The Stubborn Myth of “Learning Styles” – State teacher-license prep materials peddle a debunked theory

Reasonable people may disagree about whether teachers should have to pass licensing tests of instructional knowledge before getting a job in a classroom. But it’s hard to dispute the idea that, if there is going to be such a test, then the questions should be based on the best evidence we have about how children learn. Right?

Actually, my research shows that in 29 states, government-distributed test-preparation materials on high-stakes certification exams include the debunked theory of “learning styles,” which holds that matching instruction to students’ preferred mode of learning—seeing, listening, or physically engaging in content-aligned activities, for example—is beneficial.

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Best 5th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home

Fifth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are curious, capable, and ready to tackle the world. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help them build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 5th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families. 

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Best Second Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home

Second graders are full of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Parents can supplement any education with these amazing second grade websites and activities kids can enjoy at home with their families. (They won’t even know they’re learning!) These learning links and fun activities will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus we included some that are just for enjoyment.

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