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April 15, 2014

4 Ways to Increase Student Ownership

By Petra Claflin

As the Spring wears on, many teachers struggle with keeping students invested during two specific phases – the ‘crunch time’ before major assessments and the ‘down time’ after major assessments.  During crunch time, sometimes the pressure gets to all of us and our students can get burned out. ... READ MORE

April 11, 2014

The Risk in Rewards

By Petra Claflin

I’ve been reading the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, and it’s made me think about the role of rewards as a strategy to motivate students.  According to the research Pink shares, while rewards may boost motivation in the short-term, the use of rewards... READ MORE

April 07, 2014

A Step-by-Step Guide to Compacting a Unit

By Petra Claflin

We have all come across those students who seem to know all of the content for a unit.  Maybe it’s because the student is particularly obsessed with the subject or maybe it’s because s/he is repeating the class or grade level and so mastered some units last year.  For these students and also the... READ MORE

April 05, 2014

Pushing for Accuracy in Six Steps

By Petra Claflin

What do you do when a student gives an answer and it seems like they get it, but just aren’t explaining it well?  If you’re like most of us, you often say something like, “Do you mean…? or “Good…” and then proceed to fill in a clear articulation of the answer.  We do this for a few reasons: we want... READ MORE

April 02, 2014

The Road to College Graduation Part 4 – The College Assessment Portfolio Project

By Rhiannon Killian, Senior Director of College initiatives – Houston

In our final Road to College Graduation installment, we’re focusing on our new College Assessment Portfolio Project. Over the years, we have learned that our students who are most successful in college are not only academically ready, but also share a set of non-academic skills that have been... READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Senior Signing Day

Senior Signing Day, a tradition we began in 2001, is a celebration of our graduating seniors’ next step in their journey towards college graduation.  At this year’s Senior Signing Day on April 29, after signing their letters of intent with their families, our 450 seniors will declare which college... READ MORE