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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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Stix Discussion

The Stix Discussion (Stix 1999) is a discussion strategy that has four distinct viewpoints as well as an inner circle and an outer circle that equally participate in a discussion. This strategy is a modification of the inner-outer circle or … Continue reading

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The A-ha Moment: Principals Using Coaching Techniques for Teacher Evaluation

With more and more schools turning to Charlotte Danielson’s framework, districts are requesting that principals train their staff in understanding her rubrics. The difference between the “proficient” and the “distinguished” columns is the presence of teacher-centered versus student-centered instruction. While … Continue reading

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Role-Play in the Classroom with Delicious.com

© 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Delicious.com is an online social bookmarking platform that stores and categorizes photos, videos, and articles that teachers can use to motivate and engage students. It is part of social media because teachers can see each other’s … Continue reading

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COACHing Questions for Cooperative Group Work

 (c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. and PCC                          For a complete guide to coaching, please see Teachers as Classroom Coaches                        … 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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Kinds of Writing

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Do you want to spicen up the styles of writing that you assign to your class? Do you want to give your students a list of choices from which they can choose? Here’s a fabulous … 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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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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Helping Students Define Primary Source Documents

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. © 2001 The Interactive Classroom The primary source document has recently received more and more attention in national and state standards for all education levels.  And for the gifted student, the primary source document can stimulate and … 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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Enlivening Social Studies to Meet the Test

An Interview by Donna Greene with Dr. Andi Stix By Donna Greene, The New York Times, Sunday, March 5, 2000   Coming soon from the same people who brought New York students new test in reading and math – new … Continue reading

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