What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Monday, September 4, 2017. Tip #2: Remember that we’re mandatory reporters. I would say, maybe a caution for first year teachers — I think many teachers are aware, but – we’re all mandatory reporters.


Technology Tidbits

A teacher can see all student's results in real-time and then differentiate instruction. Best of all are the detailed reports that make it easy for teachers to track a students progress and see how their whole class is doing. differentiate instruction game based learning quizzesGimlet is a excellent new site for creating quiz style games that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's great blog.

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Technology Tidbits

HOOPs is a new basketball game by Zzish for assessing students learning and differentiating instruction. Best of all are the detail reports that are generated which help educators assess students. assessing differentiate instruction game based learning

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Technology Tidbits

Finally, the teacher dashboard makes it easy for educators to monitor student progress through detailed reports that makes it easy to differentiate instruction. differentiate instruction educational apps game based learning literacy reading

6 Ways to Add Video to Your Classroom with Animoto


Video is a way to differentiate instruction and help visual and auditory learners shine. Check for understanding in a way that’s more interactive than a traditional book report.

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Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

At the start of the year, we published a blog post on interesting research from 2017 related to innovative approaches to school design. Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. Successful blended learning comes from a combination of different instructional models, teaching practices, and digital tools.

Can teachers really do it all?

The Christensen Institute

The basic tenants of this design were to group students by age; provide them with standardized, one-size-fits-all instruction; rate them based on how well they responded to the standardized approach; and then sort them into different academic and career tracks. Today, when teachers try to differentiate instruction or do things outside of their teaching duties to support students, they do so contrary to the intended purpose and design of the traditional model.

TEACHER VOICE: How students in one Massachusetts town learned to love coding

The Hechinger Report

With apps and online lessons, we’re able to differentiate instruction for students by level and interest. I have found that hyperdocs are a fabulous way to share these differentiated activities. Boy using a tablet. Photo: Jamel Toppin/Mint Images/ZUMA Wire. PLYMOUTH, Mass.

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OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

The Hechinger Report

The first is differentiated instruction. At our BSRI partner schools, students are expected in first grade to be able to differentiate fact from opinion (a skill, alas, in scarce supply these days!).

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum


One area in which I almost never see technology used effectively is during core instructional time. It takes a leap of faith for teachers to incorporate technology into their core instructional time. Our nation’s employers report that creativity and critical thinking are the most valuable skills an employee can have. These skills can’t be taught using traditional methods of instruction. It’s no longer enough to spend core instructional time teaching from the textbook.

Readers react: Inability to afford dream school “a bitter, bitter pill”

The Hechinger Report

May 1, 2017) was both insightful and convicting. May 9, 2017), the issue is mainly that schools are mainly designed to be competitions not trainings. Dear Jordyn, This article (“ They told me I’d never go to college, but I just finished freshman year… ” May 18, 2017) gives me hope.

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model


Bryant is one of many teachers across the country who are continuously refining, adapting, and modifying instructional approaches to better meet their students’ needs. In a new case study, “Blended (r)evolution,” we take a close look at how five educators, including Bryant, have adapted their original approach to blended learning to find ever better ways to differentiate instruction, promote student agency, and create a more flexible learning environment.

Catholic schools turn to blended learning as a way to address students’ individual needs

The Hechinger Report

SEATTLE — After years of declining enrollment, a growing number of Catholic schools nationwide are placing their faith in blended learning, a teaching approach in which computers share the instructional load with teachers, and one that appeals to many parents disillusioned with traditional schools.

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

Differentiated instruction cannot come with standardized assessments, or am I way off here? When you change the way you think about assessments, teaching changes, as you may often see in schools that move from “grades” to standards-based reporting.

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'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth


In the traditional model, you still want to differentiate and meet students’ needs, but sometimes it can be challenging when you need to move a student a little bit faster.” Brown says technology has made differentiating instruction based on students’ needs easier, noting how the curriculum is personalized through programs such as Odysseyware, a learning management system that allows students to move through lessons at their own pace (based on assessed content mastery).

When It Comes to School-Wide Changes, Teachers Need Scaffolds Too


In the stations, students work on adaptive online programs, collaborate in small groups, and receive differentiated instruction from the teacher. Education Week reports that 12 percent of U.S. Furthermore, most teachers themselves were schooled in a largely traditional setting, heavy on teacher-led, direct instruction. I remember my own first year of teaching and the long nights of lesson planning, and that was back in the days of single, non-differentiated teaching.

Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit


The product allows students who need remediation or acceleration opportunities to soar, and teachers can personalize students’ learning to support their established classroom instruction. Many of the principals felt that because the digital library allowed students to progress independently, myON would help to further teachers’ efforts to differentiate instruction. Change, it seems, really is inevitable.

How to make math a key part of your ELL curriculum

eSchool News

Historically, English language learner (ELL) instruction has primarily focused on reading and writing. For that success to happen, however, ELLs need individualized, differentiated instruction to close the math gap—but challenges abound.

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Technology Tidbits

Educators can even create their own content and best of all assess student progress through detailed reports. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction and even works for Blended Learning or the "Flipped" classroom model.

Kiddom’s Planner: A new (free) teacher tool to simplify planning for differentiation

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I shared with you before how much I love Kiddom as an easy tool for managing standards-based grading , and there’s a couple of new updates that you definitely need to know about if you’re spending too much time creating resources for differentiated instruction.

Rationalizing Those 'Irrational' Fears of inBloom

Hack Education

This article first appeared on Points, a Data & Society publication in February 2017. Those who worked on the initiative seemed to ignore the legacy of the expensive and largely underutilized ARIS (Achievement Reporting and Innovation System) system that had been built for New York City schools, for example, hiring many of ARIS’s staff and soliciting the company in charge of building it, Wireless Generation, to engineer the inBloom product.

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Technology Tidbits

Best of all, is the educational portal which allows educators/parents to manage/track student accounts and generate detailed reports. Not only are these reports generated in real-time but they make it easy to assess students and differentiate instruction. iPracticeMath is a wonderful FREE (Common Core aligned) site for Math grades K-12.

10 Sites Teachers Really Love

Technology Tidbits

It is being used to flip a classroom or lesson, project based learning, grading/assessing, and even for differentiating instruction. Teacher are using Answer Pad to differentiate instruction and assess learning in real-time as they push out their lessons to a student’s iPad. ( [link] ).

How do Mississippi’s requirements for instructional time compare to the rest of the country?

The Hechinger Report

Mississippi requires 180 days of instruction each year. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Mississippi is in line with the majority of states in requiring at least 180 days of instruction time each school year. That bill was also proposed in 2017.

How to Differentiate Teaching for the advancement of student Thinking Skills: Simplifying Approaches to Teaching & Learning Series (Part 5)


In the previous installments of our series, we have shared ideas on instructional strategies that allow the simultaneous implementation of Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATLs). This fifth post addresses h ow differentiated teaching can advance students’ thinking skills.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

Technology certainly holds phenomenal potential to differentiate instruction with levels of precision and scale that a single teacher with many students may struggle to manage. It risks assuming that all we need is better instruction to drive better outcomes—despite plentiful evidence that nonacademic variables shape learning outcomes as well. For those interested, a 2017 Child Trends report provides a comprehensive overview of approaches and outcomes in the field to date.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. As reported in April 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available from the National Assessment of Educational Progress ) only 37 percent of high school seniors in the U.S.

Most English lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers and other sites are ‘mediocre’ or ‘not worth using,’ study finds

The Hechinger Report

One of the most popular English lessons in the instructional marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers is a unit on how to teach William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” But otherwise, instruction in this Shakespeare unit rarely goes deeper than a surface understanding of the text.

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Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program


NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3.

In the marketplace: Science achievement skyrockets, makerspaces expand, and more

eSchool News

Makerspaces are expected to reach accelerated classroom adoption in less than one year, according to the K-12 Edition of the 2016 New Media Consortium Horizon Report.

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Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting


In less than two years, between 2015 and 2017, the district paid more than $4.5 Ron Ashkenas, partner emeritus of Schaffer Consulting School districts around the country are adopting personalized learning—a pedagogy often described as a way to encourage learning that is individualized, differentiated and student-driven through technology. But for others, the teacher is still central to the picture, using technology as a means to support differentiated instruction.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Achieve3000 will apply its online differentiated instruction to the content, helping students to digest critical material so they can read, discuss, and debate core U.S. KAHOOT EDTRENDS REPORT FOR EDUCATORS ( kahoot.com/files/2018/05/EdTrendsreport-May-2018-educators.pdf

Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains


BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.