If education were a playbook and teachers just had to memorize the plays, we might not have controversy on what should be taught and how. But, education isn’t a playbook and opinions abound. These Hot Topics pages are forums both for airing opinions and for gathering comments on topics that keep English Language Arts teachers up at night.
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Using Evidence to Inform Instruction
Formative assessment is the lived, daily embodiment of a teacher's desire to refine practice based on a keener understanding of current levels of student performance, undergirded by the teacher's knowledge of possible paths of student development. (from the NCTE Position Statement "Formative Assessment that Truly Informs Instruction")
Whether you are a classroom teacher looking for ideas or responsible for leading professional learning on formative assessment, we invite you to learn from and with the thousands of educators willing to share their practices as part of the NCTE community.
Are we in the midst of a writing revolution? Are more people composing than ever before—writing with more sophisticated tools for more nuanced purposes? Or are we mired in a crisis marked by a decline in both the style and substance of writing?
Writing Between the Lines
How is literacy learning different in the 21st Century and what changes should we make in literacy instruction to keep up with the times?