The Common Core envisions the transformation of all students into thoughtful readers. To make this vision a reality, you’ll need a variety of lessons aimed at creating close readers. Lessons can deliver to whole classes of children, to small groups, and even one-on-one. Large group lessons are useful for exposing all students to particular ideas, while smaller groupings encourage greater participation and allow for more observation.
Formative assessment has become the most efficient way of knowing which students are learning, which are stuck and where, and which students just aren’t getting it at all. It is information teachers collect in deliberate ways: listening to class discussions, glancing over a student’s shoulder as he or she complete an in-class assignment, asking three opening questions, collecting papers for review, and so on.
Our knowledge of the brain is evolving at a breathtaking pace, and Dr. Lara Boyd is at the cutting edge of these discoveries. Currently, the majority of Dr. Boyd’s time is dedicated to research and supervision of her graduate students and Post-doctoral fellows. In the MPT program, she teaches Neuropathology (PHTH 512) as well as content that includes motor learning and neuroplasticity (PHTH 544).