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The Magnetic Debate

The Magnetic Debate is a discussion strategy in which participants are given an opportunity to influence others through persuasive speeches, sincere advice, and education so an informed decision can be made on a controversial issue.  Teachers become coaches as they … Continue reading

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Certified Coaches Can Help At-Risk or New Teachers

New York State’s teacher evaluation system has finally arrived and we all recognize that this is a time of transition and a time of opportunity. New York, like other states, is beginning to roll out assessments of teachers. Therefore, it … Continue reading

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Learnist: The Pinterest for Educators

The most popular bulletin board in social media today is Pinterest. But now, Grockit! is launching its own version called Learnist (http://learni.st) for educators. While both follow a scrapbook styled interface designed for communicative sharing, the focal points of each … Continue reading

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Imagery Walk

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Imagery Walk is an exercise that allows students to visually bring content alive by utilizing their imaginations. It is based on meditative practices, but allows for scenes in English Language Arts, historical periods in … Continue reading

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Carousel Brainstorming

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Carousel Brainstorming strategy is easy to implement. Each cooperative group walks up to an open-ended question posted on chart paper, discusses it, brainstorms answers or solutions, and writes down responses within a given amount … Continue reading

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Open-Ended Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Research has shown time and time again that if we pose a close-ended question, our students will elicit a minimal amount of answers. However, we can draft the same question using the following question starters … Continue reading

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Essential and Guiding Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Using essential and guiding questions certainly binds a unit of study together, bringing a clearer focus to the lesson. Originally introduced by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, we modified the practice and infused it into our Exploring History series … Continue reading

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Classroom Strategies that Motivate the Reluctant Learner

© 2007 Andi Stix, Ed.D.                            Speech given at the National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, CA In a society where no child is left untested, it … Continue reading

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How Coaching Techniques Motivate and Engage Students to Talk Content

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. & PCC with Frank Hrbek © 2006 Gems of Agate, Vol 30, No. 2, Spring 2006   For a complete guide to coaching, please see Teachers as Classroom Coaches by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek, … Continue reading

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Thematic Guiding Questions Pertinent to Adolescents

 by Andi Stix Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek © 2004  Social Studies Strategies for Active Learners, published by Teacher Created Materials Oftentimes teachers struggle with whether or not to teach Social Studies chronologically or thematically. Well, the teacher can easily do both, … Continue reading

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Viewing Events from Multiple Perspectives

 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek                                                                © 2003 Middle … Continue reading

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The Art of Negotiable Contracting

© 2000 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. (A modified version was published by AGATE‘s GEMS: Fall 2000)   It may have the sound of being more than it really is, but negotiable contracting is indeed an art. While not immediately evident … Continue reading

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Students and Teachers Alike Can Benefit from Rubrics

Selections from an Interview with Dr. Andi Stix by Joyce Kasman Valenza © 2000 by Joyce Kasman Valenza, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 13, 2000   Did you ever wonder why your school paper got an 85 when Suzie’s got a 94? … Continue reading

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Bridging the Standards Across the Curriculum with Portfolios

© 2000 Andi Stix, Ed.D. (A modified version was published by the Middle School Journal, V32, n1, p15-25 Sept. 2000)   Those of us who are involved in education, in whatever capacity, can sense the stirrings. Parents are voicing concerns about … Continue reading

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Differentiating the Curriculum- How We Established a Multi-Level, Young Adult Literature Bookroom for the Social Studies Department

© 2000 by Andi Stix, Ed.D., Recently, the District #2 Office in New York City mandated that all children at the middle school level should read 25 books per year.  While the burden of this mandate fell most heavily on … Continue reading

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