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Active Learning’s Bad Rap

It’s a refrain I’ve heard from my earliest days as a teacher to my work as an instructional coach: “Well, yes, her activities are very… creative… but are her students really being challenged?” “We really need to... Read More

Transforming Your Classroom with Effective Feedback

I recently re-read an article from 2016 by Dylan William called “The Secret of Effective Feedback.” Over the past several years we’ve consistently found that feedback is one of the best ways teachers can improve students’... Read More

Tips for the Start of the School Year

✅ Decorate your classroom and organize supplies. ✅ Write lesson plans. ✅ Decide how to build relationships. ✅ Check your technology. ✅ Establish routines and procedures. ✅ Connect and collaborate with... Read More

Teacher Spotlight: Catherine Dempsey

Quest Forward High Schools (QFHS) use Opportunity Education’s Quest Forward Learning to empower teachers with tools and resources that encourage students to engage deeply in their learning and take ownership of their growth and... Read More

10 Strategies for Developing Work Skills

In my last post, I described four essential work skills to help your students work smartly, efficiently and successfully. Those skills are:   Focus   Plan   Make an Effort   Document Today I’m going to focus on... Read More

4 Work Skills Your Students Need To Succeed

Today we’re going to focus on four work skills that will help your students work smartly, efficiently, and successfully. These skills emphasize executive functioning and are essential for students to succeed in school, career, and... Read More

Effective Feedback Loops Help Students Engage and Learn Actively

As teachers, we know that students learn and perform their best when they’re actively engaged in the learning process. While there are many different ways to make learning more active, one strategy we’re focused on is on... Read More

Resource Spotlight: Get On Your Feet

Picture three classrooms. In one classroom, students are involved in a lab experiment. In another classroom, students are quietly and individually annotating a novel as they read. In another classroom, students are dancing to... Read More