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How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning

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As we got near each other, the young man literally grabbed and hugged me,” my colleague reported. Making the Connection to Learning Through Differentiation Connecting this way requires teachers to differentiate instruction—recognizing their students’ individuality and then planning learning experiences with the range of student needs, interests, styles, and preferences in mind. Webinar: Accelerating Literacy with Precision Differentiation. “Stay out of jail!”

Sites/Apps Every Teacher should try for Back to School

Technology Tidbits

Answer Pad - A fantastic Student Response System that lets educators seamlessly assess students, differentiate instruction, and turn their classroom paperless. This makes it easy to differentiate instruction.

ASCD's #Empower18 Conference Report

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The conversations in these presentations centered on impactful instruction and the magnitude of digital options. It is used to develop interactive presentations and assessments that can be used to add amazing effects in the classroom. One group decided to design a backpack.

HOOPs

Technology Tidbits

HOOPs is a new basketball game by Zzish for assessing students learning and differentiating instruction. This is done using Zzish which creates quizzes and gamifies formative assessments. Teachers can use this for any subject and for individual students or in teams/groups.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. Another point of interest was how technology allowed teachers to change how they provided instruction to students.

Bloom's Taxonomy and a Praying Mantis

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I gave a simple explanation, then they worked together in small groups to write questions based on Bloom''s Taxonomy. The students realized that writing a report would be at this level because they were applying some structure and organization to their new knowledge from what they understood.

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings” , I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learning, but learning from others.

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How You Can Take the Pain Out Of Data-Driven Classrooms

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This will not be another article about how you need to use data to drive your instruction. Instead, let's take a look at some ways to use data regularly in your classroom and take some of the pain out of obtaining it to differentiate instruction. In Support of Formative Assessment As educators, we can use formative assessments to monitor progress while we still have time to reteach, fix misconceptions, and give more practice time.

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Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

For the better part of the past year, the Christensen Institute has worked in collaboration with Public Impact , a national education policy and management consulting firm, to study how schools are implementing innovative staffing models in conjunction with blended learning to personalize instruction and improve student achievement. At Navigator Schools in Gilroy and Hollister California, small-group instructors help teachers give students more targeted instruction.

Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud!

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the push to move assessments online, students need good keyboarding skills. It does this through a process of review, demonstration, practice, and assessment. This takes you to your teacher dashboard where you will find student reports and more.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

All five schools use some variation of the Station Rotation or Lab Rotation blended-learning models for core instruction in math and English language arts. But even though blended learning is a deliberate part of their instructional approaches, it didn’t seem to be the differentiating factor driving their success. These school administrators have reported that they spend roughly 70 percent of their time providing coaching to teachers. Data-driven instruction.

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.

Teachers: Don’t Feel Guilty About What You Can’t Do. The System Needs to Change.

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Working in small groups with defined roles, students applied their knowledge of energy pyramids and nutrient cycles to design and actually create mini-biospheres that could support terrestrial and aquatic life—even after being sealed shut. Students collaborated, constructed their designs, collected data, wrote reports and gave presentations.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based tool that lets you customize assessments with multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and more. They wanted to share with their group. Tip #2: Remember that we’re mandatory reporters.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

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. Traditional teacher-centered instructional practices, such as recitation or lectures, have given way to hands-on activities, student-led discussions, ­collaboration and group learning — all hallmarks of personalized learning.

What is the VARK model of Student Learning?

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In fact, where that plurality of kids might be the biggest group in the class, those that weren’t learning in this prescriptive manner was an even bigger group. Others start by reading instructions, watching videos, and observing the work of their neighbor.

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

I am glad to report I’ve never seen a district make all these mistakes, but most districts make at least a few. Risk #2: Curricular and Instructional Misalignment: Personalized learning is about shifting pedagogy and thinking about curriculum and instruction differently.

STEAM Learning in Action

EdNews Daily

According to its findings, “teachers report that arts integration stimulates deep learning, creates increased student engagement, and cultivates students’ investment in learning.”

Turning static content into digital lessons

eSchool News

Our user-friendly platform has saved teachers countless hours in grading assignments and helped them offer more personalized, targeted instruction.”. New learning platform creates dynamic learning experiences, provides instant feedback to students, and saves teachers hours on grading.

What to Avoid – and Embrace – in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

I am glad to report I’ve never seen a district make all these mistakes, but most districts make at least a few. Risk #2: Curricular and Instructional Misalignment: Personalized learning is about shifting pedagogy and thinking about curriculum and instruction differently. Element #2: Targeted Instruction: In Benjamin Bloom’s famous study, he found that effective small group instruction supported student learning nearly as much as one-on-one tutoring.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

At the Christensen Institute, we partnered with the Evergreen Education Group to do just that: research and profile district schools with measurable positive student results from having adopted blended learning. We published the first of these reports recently as a series of case studies titled Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts. The Virtual Instruction to Accentuate Learning program in Putnam County Schools in Cookeville, Tenn.,

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series that supports the use of technology in support of differentiated learning in and beyond the PBL classroom. Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading. This is a program that really does allow for whole class differentiation.

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

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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.

Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the third post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process.

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OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

The Hechinger Report

The first is differentiated instruction. With the ever greater range of student proficiency in today’s schools, this is virtually impossible if the teacher is standing in front of the class addressing all the students as a single group.

Project Based Learning Tips that Will Transform Your Classroom – SULS015

Shake Up Learning

14:18] Technology can be used for learning, assessment, and feedback. [15:41] 22:37] Differentiate instruction with technology. There are also project managers who report at the beginning of the class. [26:30] Title : Teacher and Instructional Technology Director.

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

The Hechinger Report

With any luck, teachers will see this is an opportunity where teachers both black and white must differentiate instruction for students in the classroom and seek out programs after school or outside of school that may benefit or interest high achieving students.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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Thanks to Twitter, I connected with so many of my dear friends over lunch, group discussions, dinners, and parties. per Heinemann website): Troy Hicks holds sight on good writing workshop instruction. Each color represents a different level for the guided group.

Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

The Cornerstone Blog

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Real teachers talk about differentiated teaching strategies that worked — and didn’t work — in their classrooms. This time around, we’re talking about how to manage differentiation. Differentiation should be meaningful and purposeful.

Part 4: 20 Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Engagement

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the fourth post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. Part 4: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Engagement.

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

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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. As he or she progresses along the continuum of levels, stations and pull-out groups are gradually introduced. .

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

The Cornerstone Blog

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.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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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

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

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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).

Projects are not Project-Based Learning

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Does the assessment measure the learning? Instead, teach it through direct instruction, look it up online or in a book, and then move on. That might be good differentiated instruction, but that does not make it PBL.

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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.

200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I plan on providing sessions that integrate PBL with STEM, Makers, Differentiated Instruction, Inquiry, Deeper Learning, and Technology Integration. Create a group word cloud of the entire class or sub groups in the class. Have students discuss differences between groups.