Engaging the Disengaged, Number Three

How do we engage students who are well below grade-level in reading and help them catch up quickly?

The new Common Core State Reading Standard 10 states that students should read and comprehend complex literary and informational text independently and proficiently (within the appropriate text complexity band).

As teachers, we know we must send students on to high school, college,...

What Could You Do With $500? Apply for an AAE Grant Today


What Would You Do With $500? Apply for an Association of American Educators Scholarship or Grant Today

Here’s some good news for educators: You could receive up to $500 from NJCSA’s partner, the Association of American Educators, for professional development or for classroom supplies. You don’t have to be an AAE member to apply and the application...

Engaging the Disengaged, Number Two

The Power of Why

Many of my husband’s classes as a high school student began with the same daily fuss:

History Teacher: Rex, get your history text book out.
Rex: But why?

Math Teacher: Rex, do the problems on the board NOW!
Rex: But why?

English Teacher: Rex, pay attention!
Rex: But why?

Although the rest of the class loved the distractions...