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Latest news and features from McREL

Blog Post | Intentional teaching inspires intentional learning

In the third of a series of blog posts and infographics on the three imperatives for teaching—be demanding, be supportive, and be intentional—presented in The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching Lisa Maxfield encourages teachers to consider and reflect on the question, Why do my students have to know this? Part of being intentional with instruction is knowing and understanding why you’re doing what you’re doing in the classroom to “coach students to deeper understanding and knowledge,” she writes.


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Blog Post | Does your school have a guaranteed and viable curriculum? How would you know?

In her new blog post, McREL’s Kathleen Dempsey lays the foundation for any school wanting to develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum (GVC) that serves all students. The handy infographic introduces crucial questions to ask your team when self-assessing your curriculum. “Establishing and maintaining a GVC is a collegial process that requires established protocols and routines to keep the GVC agreement alive and meaningful to all stakeholders,” she writes.


Blog Post | Are we thinking about what we’re asking students to think about?

In his latest blog post, McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin asks, What are students really thinking about as they do [their] work? And is it the right stuff to be thinking about? While it’s tempting to add new technology to the classroom to create better student engagement, it’s more important, he says, to identify key concepts that directly relate to the learning goals, and focus student attention on those goals by assigning tasks that engage students with their own thinking in ways that directly support their own learning.


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