Sky View Middle School boasts a large facility in the Boston area suburb of Leominster, Massachusetts. Typical of many suburban schools, Caucasian students make up a majority of the school population, at about 55 percent. Hispanic students represent 30 percent and approximately half of the students come from a low-income background. 40 percent are English language learners.
Up until recently, no one had systematically studied the role of educators and how exactly they promoted learning. Certainly, experts have been theorizing about the practice of instruction for centuries. The Socratic Method dates back to ancient Greece. The apprenticeship model goes back to medieval Europe. The Han Dynasty in China may have pioneered a high-stakes testing approach to schooling--it offered the first civil service exam.
An experiment took place some years ago at an all-girls school in New York City. It was an old Catholic school, with some crucifixes hanging from the walls, looking somber and stern. The girls were in their first two years of high school, teenagers wearing polo shirts and pleated skirts, and the young women would later receive a little gift for agreeing to enroll in the study.
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Not long ago, teacher Tatiyana Webb witnessed a “perfect” moment of elaboration in the classroom, and so she went with it.
There’s a formula that we call the “ABCs” that can be used to write compelling op-eds, columns, or blogs. The same formula can also be used to write almost any document that offers up an argument or gives advice. This is a “news flash lede,” a comment which will make sense in a moment.
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