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September 2010 | Volume 68 | Number 1
Giving Students Meaningful Work
Perspectives / What Makes Kids Do Good Work? Marge Scherer
Reviews, research, and relevant reads.
Five Hallmarks of Good Homework Cathy VatterottOut with the traditional 20 questions; in with purposeful assignments tailored to the curriculum.
Even Geniuses Work Hard Carol S. DweckApplying effort and learning deliberately are part of getting smarter.
The Big Wait Joseph P. Allen and Claudia Worrell AllenWhy teens sometimes get stuck in a holding zone and what makes them decide to move forward.
Beyond One Right AnswerMarian SmallTo differentiate instruction, pose open questions and create parallel tasks.
Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning John Larmer and John R. MergendollerWhat to do before assigning a "project."
Bring It On Home Gregory Smith and David SobelFrom cleaning streams to helping hurricane victims—grounding learning in local matters spurs valuable work.
The Rigors and Rewards of Internships Eliot LevineInternships immerse students in learning and enliven the rhythm of the school year.
The Virtual Circle Stacy KitsisHow online learning can energize a limping literature circle.
Solving Problems That Count Dana H. MaloneyKids can sharpen 21st century skills as they tackle world-class problems.
Kids Teaching Kids Yvette Jackson, Tyrone Geronimo Johnson, and Ahmes AskiaWhat urban middle schoolers learn when they teach their peers.
What Kids Learn from Experts Cheryl Becker DobbertinTips for getting the most from the pros you invite to class.
The Responsibility Breakthrough ReLeah Cossett LentHow to engage students in making academic choices—from what to read to how much time to spend.
Show Us What Homework's For Kathleen CushmanWhy kids hate homework and what they think would improve it.
Research Says… / Choice Is a Matter of Degree Bryan GoodwinHow to improve your student projects: offer limited choice and pose driving questions.
Art and Science of Teaching / High Expectations for All Robert J. MarzanoStrategies to enhance the achievement of students who traditionally do not do well in school.
Digitally Speaking / Drop.io: One-Stop Sharing William M. FerriterA new way to communicate with parents and others, all from your in-box.
Principal Connection / The Big Questions Joanne RooneyReflections to help leaders frame their values and discern directions.
ASCD Community in Action
Announcing ASCD's slate of officers and awards that ASCD publications have won.
Among Colleagues / What Do Teachers Need from Curriculum Guides? Tracy Broccolino, Jen Morrison, and Michelle NeelyPose dilemmas and get responses from fellow educators.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE CONTENT
Homework Done Right Janet Alleman, Rob Ley, Barbara Knighton, Ben Botwinski, and Sarah MiddlesteadSuggestions for assignments that involve families meaningfully.
Making Group Work Productive Nancy Frey and Douglas FisherSix ways to improve cooperative learning groups.
Buckets and Fires Caitlin MooreWhich is the more important: imparting knowledge or inspiring wonder?
Candlelit Learning Lynell BurmarkMost people would tell you that school is not a place for lighting candles. Too expensive. Too dangerous. Not on the test.
EL Study Guide Naomi Thiers
Inservice Guest Bloggers / Cathy Vatterott on "Do All Kids Need Homework?"Comments by Jim Drier and Molly Hockenberg.