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With all the resources you can find on-line these days (don't get me wrong I love them too), how can we get teachers to stop using cute "activities" and dig deeper into planning lessons that are meaningful and that focus on the essential outcomes in learning?

Nov 8, 2014 2:00pm

  • Math
  • K-5
  • Coaching / Common Core / Planning

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    • Nov 8, 2014 5:27pm

      These days it seems like teachers search for pintresting ideas for have classroom! While some of those attractive documents are useful, I also wonder if teachers are drawn to the cute or to the cognitively complex elements. I have found success I'm talking to teachers about rigor and deep understanding that benefits students. When I have these discussions, I ask teachers to show me examples of documents and activities that they commonly use. By asking questions such as "how does this document help students meet the demands that we just discussed?" and having teachers provide evidence of rigorous lessons, teachers begin to figure out for themselves which lessons are pretty and which have substance.