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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am posting this here today, because meta-cognition is a key factor in instructional coaching. I have observed that as school systems develop a deeper understanding around the meta-cognitive processes, the better the coaching is ... supporting the same shift in the classrooms. Enjoy. Courtsey of ASCD SmartBrief

Instructional coaches make a comeback

Teacher Helping Grade School Students in Class
(Cavan Images)
Some school districts are reintroducing instructional coaches to the classroom to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Nearly every school in the District of Columbia Public Schools system has a coach, and other large school districts have increased their numbers. One California district administrator describes coaches as the "linchpin" of Common Core implementation. District Administration magazine online (3/13)
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Here is a summary of effective social-emotiona programs. Enjoy. ps - take a few minutes with the diagram...metacognition fits right in :) Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Study: Social-emotional programs pay off for schools
Social-emotional programs in schools may be worth the investment, according to a recent study by the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education. Researchers found that for every dollar spent on six programs studied, schools received $11 in benefits. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Rules for Engagement blog (2/26)Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Here is another article on helping students deal with their awareness of their feelings and coping mechanisms. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Strategies to help students struggling with anxiety
Educators encounter social and emotional needs among students, including work avoidance because of anxiety, writes Jessica Minahan, special educator, author and behavior analyst. In this blog post, she offers strategies to help boost such students' initiation, self-monitoring, persistence and help-seeking skills. The Huffington Post/The BlogBookmark and Share

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I am posting this here because I have found the instructional strategies used for the gifted and talented programs, focus on metacognitive processes - something we can all do - if we are taught. We need to rethink this policy in my opinion. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Educator: Focus on "giftedness" in all students
Teachers should strive to find "giftedness" in all students, educator Cheryl Mizerny writes in this blog post. She calls for the use of instructional strategies often used in gifted-education classrooms to be used with all students, especially those who may be struggling. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19)Bookmark and Share