Check for Understanding

Best Practices to Support Diverse Needs – Education Article

Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs, 2nd editionBy Cathy Vatterott(ASCD, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Brian Taylor There is no more loaded topic in education than the discussion of homework. Are teachers assigning too much homework or not enough? Is homework a productive use of a student’s time outside of the regular school day? Is it good for all ages or only students of a certain age? These are just a few of the questions that are…

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Tracking the data: From Classroom to Soccer Pitch – Education Article

03.26.19Tracking the data: From Classroom to Soccer Pitch Kika, tracking the data When I do workshops for soccer coaches I routinely show them videos of amazing classroom teachers at work and we talk about how to adapt and apply the ideas they use in a coach’s setting. One of the videos I show coaches most frequently is of Denarius Frazier, one of the best math teachers I know. It’s exceptional for a lot of reasons but one thing that always…

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Ms. Pacheco’s Kindergarten and the Importance of “Tracking, Not Watching” – Education Article

01.10.19Ms. Pacheco’s Kindergarten and the Importance of “Tracking, Not Watching” Why we have to get it right       Wanted to take a moment to share a really lovely and elegant video from Narlene Pacheco’s kindergarten classroom at Partnership NYC’s Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx. Narlene’s teaching demonstrates a lot of elements of the Check for Understanding (CFU) technique, most of all Tracking Not Watching– the idea that careful observation for mastery is a teacher’s first task. That’s…

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