Catlin Tucker

Interdisciplinary Project Planning Framework

Catlin Tucker

When I was at TCEA last week, a teacher approached me after one of my sessions to ask if I had ever written about my experience planning interdisciplinary projects. I realized that I had not written specifically about the process of planning a project with teachers who taught other subject areas.

Designing a Kinesthetic Station: Get Kids Moving in Math Class

Catlin Tucker

Can the Station Rotation Model work in a math class? I get this question a lot. I’ve coached math teachers who struggle to imagine designing their lessons using this model because the curriculum is so linear.

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The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Travis Lape

Catlin Tucker

In this episode, I talk with Travis Lape a father, husband, and Innovative Programs Director at Harrisburg School District. In 2015, Travis was named TIE Technology Leader of the Year, which recognized his work integrating technology into his classroom.

What Does Blended Learning Look Like in an AP Class?

Catlin Tucker

Can teachers who are teaching an AP course use blended learning models and cover the extensive curriculum? I get asked this question frequently as a blended learning coach. My answer is a resounding “Yes!”

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Drive Deeper Thinking in Math: Designing an Error Analysis Station

Catlin Tucker

Too many students view mistakes as a bad thing to be avoided. The truth is that mistakes are inevitable. We need to start treating these moments as opportunities to learn instead of something to be ashamed of.

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

In the last two blogs, I have focused on strategies teachers can use to 1) assess prior knowledge before a lesson and 2) check for understanding during a lesson. I’ve suggested that teachers build mechanisms into their lessons to collect formative assessment data.

Check for Understanding: What Are You Learning About Your Students During the Lesson?

Catlin Tucker

Teachers often focus on what students will learn during a lesson. Rarely, do we stop and ask ourselves, “What will I learn about what my students know or can do during this lesson?”

Assessing Prior Knowledge: What Do Your Students Already Know?

Catlin Tucker

Designing a one-size-fits-all lesson assumes that every student is starting from the same point. The reality is that students enter our classrooms with varied skillsets and prior knowledge.

Icebreaker Idea: Fun with the Frayer Model

Catlin Tucker

The Frayer Model is a graphic organizer that many teachers use to support vocabulary development. It can be easily adapted to facilitate fun icebreaker activities at the start of the school year.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Record Video Directions and Maximize Your Minutes

Catlin Tucker

Few things are more frustrating than repeating yourself over and over. Yet, many of the teachers I work with repeat the same information and directions multiple times in a lesson. Sometimes this is the result of students who are distracted or not paying attention.

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Designing Balanced Lessons

Catlin Tucker

The theme of balance has been top of mind for me lately. I have a book Balance with Blended Learning coming out in January. I started a podcast called The Balance focused on exploring issues related to balance in education.

Planning a Station Rotation for Your English Classroom

Catlin Tucker

“What are students doing in the stations that are not the teacher-led station?” ” I field a lot of questions like this. Teachers want to know what types of activities I incorporate into station rotation lessons.

Student-Designed Review Games with Quizizz

Catlin Tucker

As the fall semester comes to a close, many teachers are thinking about final exams or end of the semester summative assessments. Often those semester exams cover a lot of information. The prospect of preparing students for those exams can be daunting.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Make Your “Summer Resolutions” a Reality This School Year

Catlin Tucker

As another school year approaches, teachers are scrambling to set up classrooms, make photocopies of syllabi, attend mandatory meetings, and prepare their curriculum. Amid the back-to-school frenzy, it is easy to focus on the minutia and lose sight of our “summer resolutions.”

Simple Exercise: Help Students Analyze Their Growth Over Time

Catlin Tucker

Students rarely recognize how much progress they are making over the course of a semester or school year. Their school days tend to be a blur of information, assignments, and activities.

Creating Digital Notebooks with Google Slides

Catlin Tucker

In my role as a blended learning coach, I work with a lot of teachers who are intrigued by the idea of digital notebooks. They recognize the value of having student integrate text and media in an online notebook.

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Developing a Community of Inquiry in Your Blended Classroom

Catlin Tucker

A consistent theme in my work on blended learning is shifting students from passive consumers in the classroom to active, engaged members of a learning community.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Scavenger Hunt: Get Kids Talking on the 1st Day of School

Catlin Tucker

Relationship building needs to start on the first day of school if teachers are going to cultivate a community of learners willing to take risks and engage with one another.

Grading Less in a District that Requires a Minimum Number of Grades

Catlin Tucker

In a blog post I wrote titled Ask Yourself, Why Am I Grading This? , I encourage teachers to think about the purpose of the work students are doing and evaluate whether it makes sense for them to invest their time and energy grading that work.

Using Computers in the Classroom: Shifting from Consumption to Creation

Catlin Tucker

In the last few months, I have read several articles about increasing pushback against the use of technology in schools.

3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons

Catlin Tucker

Although many teachers recognize the importance of making students active agents in the classroom, it is easy to overlook student agency when we plan our lessons. However, the ability to make key decisions about their learning is a powerful motivator for students.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?

Catlin Tucker

In my blog post titled “ 3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons ,” I encouraged teachers to design lessons that allow students to make key decisions about their learning. Student agency is one of the easiest ways that teachers can begin to personalize learning.

New Year Resolution: Trim the Fat on Your Lessons

Catlin Tucker

For many, the new year inspires new resolve to move more, eat better, and shed excess weight. I have never been a big fan of drastic new year resolutions, but this year I began to think about how teachers can trim the metaphorical fat on their lessons.

The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Lisa Highfill

Catlin Tucker

In this episode of The Balance , I talk with Lisa Highfill , a mother, educator, instructional coach, and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook. Lisa describes herself as a thinker, philosopher, debater, and geek.

Station Rotation Model: Avoid Falling into a Rut

Catlin Tucker

As a blended learning coach, I spend a lot of time in classrooms where teachers are experimenting with blended learning models. The Station Rotation Model is one I see used frequently.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Personalizing Your Final Exam

Catlin Tucker

As a student, I remember the stress of preparing for final exams. I spent hours reviewing notes that spanned an entire semester because it was all “fair game.” ” I never had a clear sense of what content would appear on the final.

Teach Students to Track How Many Words They Read Per Minute Using Voice Typing and Google Forms

Catlin Tucker

As elementary students learn how to read, teachers administer reading fluency tests and listen to students read passages. During these reading fluency tests, teachers listen for speed, accuracy, and expression.

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Free Resource: Personalization, Agency, Authenticity, Connectivity, and Creativity (PAACC) Playbook

Catlin Tucker

In the book, Blended Learning in Action , my co-authors (Tiffany Wycoff and Jason Green) and I created the PAACC Hallmarks of Effective Practice as a guide to ensure that blended learning puts students at the center of learning and helps them to develop future-ready skills.

Flip the Script: Student-Designed Units

Catlin Tucker

In a Twitter chat this month, I mentioned student-designed units. Several curious teachers asked for details, so here goes! My favorite unit each year is the unit my students’ design. We spend the entire year building up to it.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.