Food for Thought Archive


Math Journals as Formative Assessment

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Good Teacher  

Using the Rule of Three for Learning

Using Creativity to Boost Young Children's Mathematical Thinking

How Giving Students Choice During the Day Can Create Unstoppable Learning

Lessons from the Playground 

Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to Do Math

Black, Latino Parents Say Expectations for Poor Children Too Low in Public Schools

Instead of Framing "Failure" as a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words 

Enough About the Boys, Our Girls Aren't Reaching Their Full Potential

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers

How Emotions Affect Learning, Behavior, and Relationships

3 Best Practices for Teaching English Language Learners

Independent Reading in the Classroom Critical to Student Achievement

Celebrating Diverse Books Author with Educator Grants

Why are children's books so white?

Benefit of the Doubt  

6 Golden Rules for Engaging Students

25 Reading Strategies That Work in Every Content Area

Islands of Personality and Trains of Thought

How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track

Does K-3 reading matter?  Ask the 70% of inmates who can't read.

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

5 Keys to Challenging Implicit Bias

Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn

Ten Guidelines for Using Twitter with Elementary Students

Classrooms at the Intersection: On Black History Month and Building a Better World

The importance of great teaching on children's success

Parent Opinion on Educational Equity

How Can Schools Identify the Most Effective Teachers?  Just Ask the Students!

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child 

Mindful Classroom Management and the Power of Patience

How to Instill the Love of Reading

What does a culturally competent classroom look like?

Check Yourself: Why Self-Reflecting on Privilege Matters

Tips for Teaching Students to Receive Critical Feedback

Why Students Need to Move, Touch, and Experience to Learn

Helping Students Believe That They Can Write

Sharing the Connections that Students Value

How To Be a Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers

Complaining is Terrible for You, According to Science

What Great Teachers Know About Their Students

Addressing the Effects of Poverty

Talking About Text Structure in the PBL Classroom

Teaching Writing or Editing Writing?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Unmotivated Students

Why do my co-workers keep confusing me with other people?  Because I'm Asian.

Encouraging Neurodiversity in Your Makerspace or Classroom

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Teaching Them How to Think by Asking the Right Questions

How Teams Can Transform Schools

12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps

(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles

Your Hand's Not Raised?  Too Bad: I'm Calling on You Anyway

 Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

An Open Letter to Publishers

 Harnessing the Power of the Productive Struggle

Timely Feedback: Now or Never

Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?

Windows and Mirrors: Reading Diverse Books with Young Children

Best Multicultural Books of 2015

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

It's Time to Think Differently About Writing in the Classroom

75 Books selected for We Need Diverse Books Partnership with Scholastic

Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

3 Practices to Promote Equity in the Classroom

Why a Growth Mindset is Crucial to Learning

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

Mining the Jewel of Black History Month

Barbie Breaks the Mold with Ethnically Diverse Dolls

Equity vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity  

Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains

Diverse Chapter Books About Growing Up in the South

Student Voice

The Power of Peer Feedback

My Hopes, Dreams, Fears for My Future Black Son

53 Ways to Check for Understanding

25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read

Book Selections for Black History Month: Picture Books 

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