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Making Sense of Current Events Through Learning Transfer

This post is written by contributor Trevor Aleo. All student samples are shared with permission. My students didn’t come in to class today talking about the shows they binged, gifts they received, or books they read over break—they were too busy discussing #WW3. Some...

Here’s Why You Should Teach for Transfer

The following article was originally shared on the Corwin Connect Blog on October 21st, 2019 by Trevor Aleo. It’s 1:52pm on the last day of school. There are about two dozen sixteen-year-olds in my 7th block class sitting in a giant circle. No one is on their cell...

What Is Schema? How Do We Help Students Build It?

This post was originally shared on Peter DeWitt's EdWeek blog on October 20th, 2019 by Julie Stern. Have you ever been frustrated by how quickly students seem to forget what you've taught them? Or by their struggles to use what they've learned in one context in a new,...

How to Build Expertise in 4 Steps

The following article was originally shared on the Corwin Connect Blog on November 8th, 2019 by Julie Stern. “Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” – Henri...

Clarifying Transfer: The Ultimate Goal of Learning

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. Most often when we ask teachers about why they want their students to learn certain topics, we hear teachers say that they hope their students will lead productive lives in the future. They want students to be strong...

An Amazingly Simple Way to Empower Students to Change the World

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Most educators aim for a level of comprehension that moves beyond memorization. We want students to be strong thinkers and problem-solvers, and to be empowered to use their learning beyond the school walls. But applying...

What No One Tells You About Bloom’s Taxonomy

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson Spread the word: The triangle is not the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Why does this matter? All good teachers savor “aha” moments—when students demonstrate deep understanding, make connections, or transfer their learning to new...

Supercharge Your Classroom in 5 Steps

This blog first appeared on Corwin Connect. Education researcher John Hattie’s ground-breaking research about the factors that influence student achievement gives us much to think about in terms of our habits and practices. It helps us to prioritize initiatives,...

How to Honor Childhood with Intellectual Rigor

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Has anyone ever told you that young children aren’t capable of having abstract thoughts? That was the prevailing view when I studied psychology many moons ago. But recent research and practical experience are challenging...

3 Profound Questions to Strengthen Democracy

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to...

How Do We Prepare Students for a Complex World?

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Bonus: If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, sign up for Julie Stern’s free webinar, Teaching Big Ideas for Real-World Transfer of Learning. Educators today seem to be faced with a choice: continue teaching...

A Cure for Bad-News Fatigue

(This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson). Has anyone else been having trouble sleeping since the school shooting in Florida? Every single life lost before its time is a tragedy. For many of us, this one feels… different. Perhaps it’s the fact that we had three...

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