Category: Teaching and Learning

Parents Come to Learn

Wednesday Explorations for Parents, New in Summer 2010 ATDP parents have long reported how much they learn each summer as their children answer, “what did you learn in class today?” Topics addressed in that day’s learning give rise to many wonderful conversations. We all take joy in seeing parents’ faces as their children explain how […]

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Novice Teachers

Learning from Experts at the Elementary Division Each expert teacher in ATDP’s Elementary Division works in tandem with an Instructional Associate, usually an advanced teaching credential candidate. Few, if any, credential programs provide their students with the opportunity to work within a classroom of students united in their passion for learning, with students arriving to […]

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It All Starts With Play

Anticipatory Socialization in the Elementary Classroom At Elementary Division, ATDP invites its students into the academic community through play, through romantic engagement. Researcher Susan Engle (2005) captures our goal and context perfectly when she describes children as: …budding experts who absorb information and ideas from experts within their culture, and who practice, amassing strategies, information, […]

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Metacognition Among ATDP Math Students

Research has shown that successful math students use sophisticated thinking skills when they solve challenging math problems. These thinking skills, known as metacognition, include choosing how to solve problems based on their mathematical strengths and weaknesses, planning and monitoring the steps they use to solve a problem, and being aware of what they know and what […]

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Instructors Cultivate Metacognition in SD Math Courses

What happens to research findings? Are they used by anyone other than researchers seeking to conduct more research? At ATDP, researchers seek relevant knowledge and teachers evaluate its applicability with an eye toward potential classroom benefits. For example, over the past few years, Secondary Division Mathematics Instructors have worked to facilitate students’ metacognition, based on […]

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Rekindling the Joy of Learning in Secondary Education

When children first begin to learn, they seem to enjoy the process—and so do parents. Just as mastering first steps delights new toddlers and their parents, starting school a big deal: children rush home to tell their parents what they are learning, eagerly reciting the alphabet or counting numbers. Most parents share their children’s joy […]

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Not Frequently Enough Asked Questions

From Paul Heller Secondary Division writing instructor Q: Why would it be useful for me to read the comments teachers write on my child’s papers? I’m not a teacher, so how could I help? A: It is not necessary to be a teacher to help your children think critically about their own work. What is […]

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Reading Recs: Ages 13 to 18

The comments below are from ATDP members and other readers, or excerpted from an online source. Please check your local and/or and school library before you run out (or go online) to purchase tons of books. ~ Nina Fiction Ender’s Game (series) by Orson Scott Card More than decade or so ago, Professor Frank Worrell, […]

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Reading Recs: Ages 8 to 12

Here are some books we recommend to you in order to demonstrate the topics and kinds of books that are the best fit, in general, for children from ages 8 to 12 years. The comments below are from ATDP members, other readers, or excerpted from Barnes & Noble online. Please check your local library and […]

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