“Deficit Comparisons” To “Abundance Introspection”

The Principal of Change

There is so much “grey” here but I am trying to write to understand my own learning, so hopefully this is not too disjointed. One of the things I heard him saying to someone else while I was there, has really resonated with me, and connected to some of my other learning at the conference. This is a critical shift from “deficit comparisons” (why don’t I have that?)

Comparison of Teachers vs. Students

Tech Helpful

Oftentimes I hear teachers complain that they don't have time to learn a new software platform, research new techniques, create lesson plans to meet the needs of a wider variety of students. Must learn in each subject area based on the way the instructor teaches them. I hear it and I respect it but I started thinking about the differences between a teacher's school year and a students. Are we as educators respecting our students concerns? Bear with me.


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Comparisons Among Siblings And The Effect It Has On Children


If you grew up with a sibling, chances are, you’re not privy to comparisons in the house. Comparison among siblings is so naturally practiced in households, that it isn’t even given a second thought, or pondered over. In a competitive world where parents often compare their own children with others’, the comparison is bound to make its way home too. The Unhealthy Comparison Parents Make. Parents must make a conscious decision to avoid unhealthy comparisons.

Growth Mindset Comparison for Educators

Think Through Math

The desire to learn. Seek out new learning opportunities. Failure is an opportunity to learn. Learns from mistakes. The software’s adaptive learning technology makes sure that every student benefits from the right lesson at the right time. The most important thing I can say is the more time you allow students to spend on Think Through Math, the more math they will learn, and the better your results on the PSSA will be.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Interactive whiteboards: A Comparison + Some Alternatives

The Innovative Educator

Many educators believe this interactive whiteboard technology enhances classroom learning with increased student engagement and focus. Budget conscious decision-makers should evaluate all available options before moving forward with a purchase. Comparison : SMART Boards Promethean interactive whiteboards Apple TV/iPad combination with AirPlay Document Cameras Chromebook with Chromecast I want more ».

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft


As an Education Technology Specialist with the Iteach Center at Kennesaw State University, he works with a metro Atlanta school district to personalize learning for students with the aid of technology. Apple had an event focused on education on March 27, and if anything it clarified Apple's place in the EDU market. With that, I think it's worth taking a look at where each of the three big companies stands in regards to Ed.

Portal Looks to Help Districts Comparison Shop for Ed-Tech Devices

Marketplace K-12

The Learning Accelerator has worked with between 25-30 companies to create the "pricing database.'. Ed-tech Online Learning Procurement mobile devices digitaleducation edtech hardware learningaccelerator procurement

The U.S. has more memorizers

Dangerously Irrelevant

Learning and Teaching Mind Dump international comparisons learning math PISAJo Boaler said: data from the 13 million students who took PISA [math] tests showed that the lowest-achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps. The highest-achieving students were those who thought of math as a set of connected, big ideas.

Podcast pedagogy: Leveraging audio programs for learning


Students might listen to podcasts for several reasons: to learn about a topic, practice listening skills, or analyze the anatomy of an audio program. You can read comparisons of some of the top contenders here.

Distance learning: Let’s not reinvent the wheel

The Christensen Institute

The schools serving these students have years of experience with distance learning—decades in some cases. So what can brick-and-mortar schools learn from them? Learning from online schools. Conventional schools would be wise not to reinvent the remote learning wheel.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Representation

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog, I focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of engagement. Make connections Help students orient their new learning in a larger context by making clear connections between their previous learning and the new information being presented.

Supporting online learners

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform. I cover a range of themes around online learning support, and apply several well known theories to explain what is required in digital learning environments.

Formative Assessment: Collecting Data & Designing Differentiated Learning Experiences in Class or Online

Catlin Tucker

I’ve taught in person, online, and in blended learning environments. Teachers learn so much from listening to their students engaging in conversation or observing them as they work through a problem or task. 1 Articulate Clear Learning Goals and Objectives. Learning

The 6 principles of mastery-based learning


Mastery-based learning is a competency-oriented teaching method. Students should master learning content but also abilities such as adaptability, resilience, and agency. The 6 principles of mastery-based learning. Read more: The PROs and CONs of competency-based learning.

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What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

The profiles are part of the school’s embrace of personalized learning, which centers on the belief that a teacher lecturing at the front of a classroom is a bad fit for today’s students. Personalized learning has, in recent years, become one of the most talked-about trends in education.

What is Active Learning? And Why it Matters

ViewSonic Education

Active learning is a teaching method that works wonders. Think about some things you’ve learned. But it was through the process of actually changing that tire that you truly learned the skills. When you did that, you were engaged in active learning. Not all methods of fostering learning are created equal. We know that active learning is vastly more effective. Active learning is the opposite of the passive (and passé) teacher-led lecture.

Blueprints for Learning: Lessons from Fred Rogers


At the start of the school year, as teachers map out a year of rigorous student-centered teaching and learning, whom can they turn to for guidance? The Fred Method, as it’s known, is the connection between whole-child frameworks and learning science.

Let Students Learn From Failure

Ask a Tech Teacher

Too often, students–and teachers–believe learning comes from success when in truth, it’s as likely to be the product of failure. As teachers, it’s important we reinforce the concept that learning has many faces. Some won’t, but those who do will learn much more by the process. Most famously: Bill Gates, who dropped out of college because he believed he could learn more from life than professors. “We learn from failure, not success.”

In some ways, kids are better off with distance learning

The Christensen Institute

Practically overnight, the coronavirus pandemic turned at-home learning from a fringe practice into a global phenomenon. Learning at home has definitely brought its share of struggles to our family; but for me, my wife, Mary, and our three kids, there have also been some delightful upsides.

Reciprocity learning

Learning with 'e's

In it, they represented a number of perspectives on personal learning environments, including a discussion on the differential between institutionally managed Virtual Learning Environments (or VLEs) and the free tools that learners are now using on the web. The psychologist Leon Festinger developed social comparison theory - a theory that attempted to explain how people relate to each other psychologically. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Touch-Typing: Rote vs Integrated Learning or Rote and Integrated Learning?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a fascinating article by Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, James Lovelock, discussing the balance between rote drills and integrated learning in teaching keyboarding: As a pre-service teacher, I have always found the arguments around different forms of teaching and learning to be highly frustrating. Likewise, when it comes to learning, while Integrated Learning is certainly the preference there are times when Rote Learning is appropriate to implement.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.


A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To enhance the learning environment with technology and use the classroom time more wisely teachers start implementing additional types of activities such as working in groups, collaborative learning, independent preparation at home, and, in doing so, unwittingly start using the blended learning approach.

Planet Earth App Ideal for Structured or Open-Ended Learning


World habitat app full of intriguing visual comparisons, useful data. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

Learning Loss Is Everywhere. But How Do the Reports Compare?


Learning loss is everywhere—and so are reports detailing the setbacks. And “non-traditional” students appear more okay with remote online learning than their “traditional” peers. Source: Renaissance Learning Overall trends, though, were similar.

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What every teacher should know about the hexagonal approach to learning


In a quest to find innovative ways to stimulate learning, teachers often try to reinterpret patented theories. One of these reinterpretations is the hexagonal approach to learning. The levels of learning are: Prestructural — learners meet the content for the first time.

Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

Ask a Tech Teacher

An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. Success in an MBL program is defined by the achievement of competencies , not intangible performance measures or student-to-student comparisons. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations. Students are partners in Mastery-Based Learning.

What I Learned About Education by Losing 100 Pounds

The Principal of Change

With that being said, I wanted to share some quick things that I have learned from the process that I think are helpful to different elements of leading and learning in both school and life. Compete against yourself first, but be willing to learn from the success of others.

West Meets East: Expert Teachers’ Best Practices


Despite some organizational problems, says reviewer Susan Schwartz, "West Meets East" offers many insights into the comparative teaching practices of Chinese and US teachers recognized for excellence and shows that educators have much they can learn from each other, wherever they may practice their profession.

How Gameplay Enhances Math Learning

MIND Research Institute

Our technique consists of language-independent, animated representations of math concepts presented through a series of puzzles that make learning math fun and engaging. The learning gains observed from consistent ST Math usage are palpable.

What Did SXSWedu Have to Say About Adult Learning?

Digital Promise

What did this year’s SXSWedu conference have to say about adult learning? He challenged attendees not to “tech away” the problems of disenfranchised students, but instead to find ways to work in communities and use their strengths and uniquenesses to find effective ways to help students learn. Salesforce and LinkedIn/Lynda.com talked about how their learning platforms help adults learn skills via personalized pathways. Adult Learning Blog Educators Entrepreneurs

ST Math: The Gaming Software Changing Online Learning

MIND Research Institute

Our technique consists of language-independent, animated representations of math concepts presented through a series of puzzles that make learning math fun and engaging. The learning gains observed from consistent ST Math usage are palpable.

“I hate doing school things, but I love learning.”

The Principal of Change

She referenced my “ School vs. Learning” blog post and used the following image: She makes a powerful statement on how she looks at school and learning that I feel many students feel: When I say I hate school, I mean I hate school itself. Am I learning?

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Rand Corporation just released the latest in its Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored research series on personalized learning. While I may revisit the study (or series) in future posts, my purpose today is to share one counterintuitive finding (to me) reported in the study: Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School Than Students in Other Schools. Perhaps it was an artifact of how the study sample or national comparison group was drawn?

Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, Inside Higher Ed reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been enthusiastic about competency-based learning’s potential. As a result, the sector’s leading organizations often dismiss them because they don’t look terribly good in comparison to the way people have traditionally thought of quality.