Catlin Tucker

Vrain Waves: Coping with Covid–Catlin Tucker on Teaching During a Quarantine

Catlin Tucker

This Sunday, I spoke with Benjamin Kalb and Becky Peters about coping with Covid-19. In this episode , we talk about the impact of school closures on families, students, and teachers. I share my coping strategies as a parent.

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.

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3 Ways to Use Video Conferencing with Students Learning Remotely

Catlin Tucker

Thank goodness for Zoom and Google Hangouts! During this time of social isolation and remote learning, these video conferencing tools are lifesavers. They make it possible for teachers to maintain a human connection with their students and guide their learning from a distance. Below are three suggestions for using these video conferencing platforms to continue teaching students as they learn remotely. #1 1 Small Group Instruction.

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Meaningful Technology Integration in Math: Ideas for Designing Online Stations

Catlin Tucker

In this post, Sarah Dunn , a high school math teacher, shares her favorite technology tools and online activities. In an English or social studies class, students may use computers frequently to write papers or compose a response to a writing prompt.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

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!

DIY Homeschooling: Imposing Structure on Chaos

Catlin Tucker

Many teachers, like myself, are facing the prospect of weeks at home with their children. I did not want to spend my days at home engaged in endless debates about how my kids would spend their time. Even though they are not going to school, I want them to continue learning.

Planning a Station Rotation Lesson for Your Math Classroom

Catlin Tucker

Last week in Palm Springs, I had the pleasure of coaching a 9th-grade math teacher. It was exciting to work with a math teacher who was eager to try using the station rotation model in her math classroom. Math instruction tends to be linear with each lesson building on the one before.

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.

Combating Social Isolation When Learning Remotely

Catlin Tucker

As teachers move classes online and utilize online tools and resources to engage students in remote learning, it’s essential to add social elements to our online courses. This has a couple of powerful benefits.

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?”

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.

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.

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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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.

EdTech at School

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

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.”

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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Tips for Designing an Online Lesson Using the 5 Es Instructional Model

Catlin Tucker

Covid 19 has educators and educational institutions worried about and preparing for possible school closures. What happens if students have to stay home for days or even weeks? How can we keep them learning remotely?

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!”

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Jason Green

Catlin Tucker

In this episode of The Balance , I talk with Jason Green , co-author of Blended Learning in Action and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of LINC. Jason Green has dedicated his career to creating positive change in education.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.