Dr. Aaron Willis

Teaching for Complex Thinking: Depth of Knowledge

January 30, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis
How do educators create the ideal mix of content coverage while at the same time training students to think and analyze novel situations? 

8 Close-Reading Strategies to Develop Literacy Skills in Social Studies

January 3, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis

 I have the privilege of working with teachers across the country and I often hear the refrain that too many students are just not reading on level. 

Extend Social Studies with Structured Online Discussions

September 6, 2017 By Dr. Aaron Willis

 Using discussion boards can be an excellent way to engage students with important  middle and high school social studies content.

Brain-Based Research and the Need for Hands-On Learning

August 25, 2017 By Dr. Aaron Willis

Rapid advances in brain-based imaging teach us that students need meaning in order to recall information, according to Differentiation and the Brain by David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson.

No Student Is Average: Building a Curriculum for Individuals

August 22, 2017 By Dr. Aaron Willis
The trend toward personalized learning in education has called into question our culture’s extensive use of the concept of “average” to assess individual performance.