About Michael Chellman

Michael is an award-winning teacher at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. He has 30 years of experience with both middle and high school students. He founded ClassWise in 1996.
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Michael has written 116 articles so far, you can find them below.

The Brain: Left/Right? No–Top/Bottom

“A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain,” by Stephen Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller, The Wall Street Journal, 10/20/13 Forget dated ideas about the left and right brain. New research provides a more nuanced view. Who hasn’t heard that people are either left-brained or right-brained—either analytical/logical or artistic/intuitive, based on the relative “strengths” […]
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6 Tips for Avoiding Burnout

by Rhett Power, Inc.com Diligence is a desirable trait in an individual. But sometimes, working too much can lead to burn out. Instead, try to find ways that allow you to get both the same quality and quantity of work done, without running yourself into the ground. Here are a few tips. 1. Take More […]
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Robo-Graders: Better Than Humans

“Why Students Prefer to Learn from a Machine,” by Annie Murphy Paul, Slate, 8/13/14 In April 2012, Mark Shermis, the College of Education dean at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring systems” were capable of evaluating student writing just as well as human readers. Shermis’ research, presented at a meeting […]
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Flunk the Robo-Graders

By Les Perelman, The Boston Globe, 4/30/14 “According to professor of theory of knowledge Leon Trotsky, privacy is the most fundamental report of humankind. Radiation on advocates to an orator transmits gamma rays of parsimony to implode.’’ Any native speaker over age five knows that the preceding sentences are incoherent babble. But a computer essay […]
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The Promise of Blended Learning

By Erik Telford, RealClearPolicy website, 11/29/13 If America is to continue to lead the world throughout the 21st century, it must adapt its education system to fit the modern world…. One solution to our country’s stagnant education system is blended learning, which fuses the advantages and innovations of modern technology with a traditional classroom setting […]
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Combine Lecture with Active Learning

By Aleszu Bajak, from the journal Science, 5/12/14 Are your lectures droning on? Change lectures up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that […]
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Teaching Is Not a Business

Commentary By David Kirp, The New York Times, 8/16/14 [Michael’s Note: The thesis of this essay echoes throughout contemporary education research and practice. In an age of technology–which, of course, good teachers value–humanity has never been more important.] Today’s education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their […]
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Learning Styles FAQ

By Daniel Willingham, from his “Science & Education” blog There is no scientific evidence supporting “learning styles.” When I was first getting into education research (about 2005) I was surprised to find how many people–teachers and others–assumed that there was scientific evidence supporting learning styles. In 2009 I made a 7 minute video arguing that […]
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4 Questions to Promote Discussion

By Rebecca Alber, Edutopia website, 10/31/13 For inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions–not only well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. Asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as intricate ones. With that […]
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