How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning


I pay close attention to classroom solutions that can meet these students exactly where they are. As we got near each other, the young man literally grabbed and hugged me,” my colleague reported. I’ll never be back in a place like this again, because I’m closer to being ready for a job as a border patrol officer.” My colleague finished his email to me with this: “What we do MATTERS!” How to Navigate the Needs of (M)any Student(s) So All Paths Lead to Learning.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! As a teacher, the continuous progress monitoring makes formative instruction that much easier.

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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. Recent research highlights circumstances that support successful #blendedlearning implementation Click To Tweet.

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


This post is part of a 6-part series highlighting how we, as IB teachers, can bring Approaches to Teaching to our classroom and challenge students to engage in Approaches to Learning. We can’t turn a blind eye to this learning diversity in our classroom.

Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Real teachers talk about differentiated teaching strategies that worked — and didn’t work — in their classrooms. Last season of the podcast, I introduced you to a new episode format I’m calling the Productivity Roundtable.

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. Classroom teachers often do not have the time to spend on individual math tutoring to bring each student up to proficiency.

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

The CoolCatTeacher

Here’s why: “The report suggested that “we have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogues that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.”.

Increasing Student Participation During Zoom Synchronous Teaching Meetings

User Generated Education

Due to Coronavirus, many schools are moving online, and teaching through Zoom meetings. If it is only being used to present content to students, then why not just record videos and have students watch them on their own? To do online research about a given topic.

Stories from the Road to Data Interoperability

Digital Promise

As they adopt more and more technology to support students’ learning, more and more data is generated—and most schools struggle to use this data effectively to improve teaching and learning. DIFFERENTIATING. INSTRUCTION. The “How”.

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Student teachers fail test about how kids learn, nonprofit finds

The Hechinger Report

Teaching kids abstract critical thinking skills is unlikely to help them think critically. Teachers ought to be learning more about what the last 50 years of rigorous, well-designed research has uncovered, confirmed or refuted when they start their profession.


Technology Tidbits

Codemoji is a innovative new website for grades 1st-8th grade learning how to code or program. CodeMoji is an excellent learning tool to introduce html, CSS, and Javascript, while integrating STEM into the classroom.

Kiddom’s Content Library Makes Differentiation Faster Than Ever

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom is designed to help teachers curate individual learning experiences with pages that are visual and easy-to-understand, and enable teachers to quickly determine student progress and where remediation is needed. How to use the library.

How Teaching Compares to Working in an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Teachers are both starting companies and leaving the classroom to join startups. I didn’t come out of the classroom to start my company, Listen Current. I came out of the newsroom as a senior reporter for WBUR in Boston. So she always makes sure to listen to teachers.

Three Things We Learned at Khan Academy Over the Last Decade


A lot has changed over the last decade, but it’s interesting to look at things that haven’t changed too. They inform my day-to-day work as well as the important learnings I’ll take forward for years to come. Fast forward to 2019.


Technology Tidbits

LearnBop is a excellent site for educators looking to help their students in any area of Math. The way this works is through an educational portal where students solve "bops" or math problems aligned to Common Core Standards.

Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud!

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I started teaching a decade ago, Type to Learn was the MS Word of typing programs–everyone used it. At some point in the past, busy teachers moved away from a committed program that teaches typing to solutions that promised to automate the process with rote drills and games.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

See how Gradecam can save you time and speed up your grading. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Kyle: I mean, I was pretty shocked about how far these little humble notes have gone. How do you feel about that?

Can teachers really do it all?

The Christensen Institute

Many teachers feel a need to go beyond their regular responsibilities to support and nurture their students. I’ve written previously about the heroic lengths we often expect teachers to bridge. Traditional classrooms were never designed to prepare all students for academic success nor to meet students’ social, emotional, and non-academic needs. Instead, schools were designed to train students for work in an industrial economy of the past.

What is the VARK model of Student Learning?

Ask a Tech Teacher

VARK started as a questionnaire to help students and teachers understand their best approach to learning but has since become more of a guideline for teaching and learning. The acronym VARK refers to four learning modalities — Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

The approach marks a departure from run-of-the-mill family engagement strategies like infrequent parent-teacher conferences or once yearly back-to-school nights. Instead, as the article outlines, PowerMyLearning deliberately integrates efforts to engage families with efforts to improve academics by regularly looping families into collaborative homework activities and opening online, data-driven communication channels between teachers and families.

OPINION: Six ways to nurture high-aptitude math students in under-resourced schools

The Hechinger Report

Far too often, talented math students at schools in low-income communities barely have access to grade-level work, let alone advanced curricula. Rather than letting these high-aptitude students founder, we must find ways to nurture their talent.


Reframing ed tech to save teachers time and reduce workloads

The Hechinger Report

For much of the previous decade, advocates of education technology imagined a classroom where computer algorithms would differentiate instruction for each student, delivering just the right lessons at the right time, like a personal tutor.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning. We are excited to share our first set of case studies on these schools.

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

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. But is technology the key to their success? 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. All five schools have created systems and structures to help drive teachers’ professional learning through individual coaching and goal setting.

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

The Hechinger Report

Learning to code at such an early age not only increased my self-confidence but also fostered creativity, curiosity, self-directed learning and continued explorations of computer science. With apps and online lessons, we’re able to differentiate instruction for students by level and interest.

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How Do We Make Edtech More Effective? (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do With Technology)


Back in 1999, when Colin was 10, my conversations to date with doctors, therapists and psychologists had been largely focused on Colin’s disability. Noble focused on Colin: his unique sense of humor, his all-consuming fascination with Harry Potter books, and his uncanny ability to catalog facts regarding the myths and folktales of cultures across the globe. Noble also made it her job to know what made Colin tick. Kathy Noble was my son Colin’s special-education teacher.

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Night Zookeeper Star Writing Challenge

Technology Tidbits

Night Zoopkeeper is a excellent new site for students to help them w/ their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons/competition. Also, it has an educational portal that allows educators to: assign lessons, track student progress, and assess their work in real-time. This makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction and implement project based learning in their classroom.

50 Sites/Apps for Educational Games

Technology Tidbits

Game Based Learning is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom as well generate excitement for students. This list not only covers a wide range of subjects, some of these sites have educational portals that allows educators to track and monitor students.

Night Zookeeper's International Writing Cup

Technology Tidbits

Night Zookeeper is an excellent new site for students to help them w/ their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons/competition. Also, it has an educational portal that allows educators to: assign lessons, track student progress, and assess their work in real-time. This makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction and implement project based learning in their classroom.

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.” It doesn’t push students to delve into the themes or how characters drive the plot.

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OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

The Hechinger Report

This past semester I had the opportunity to observe two elementary classrooms using technology in new and exciting ways. One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a commercial personalized learning program. Although they had been using technology in the past, this school year has been their first venture in one-to-one learning. manager, recorder) to solve the problem on a mobile whiteboard.

What teachers want in a data dashboard

eSchool News

When Amber Teamann was a teacher in Garland, Texas, seven years ago, her use of data to help guide her instruction was fairly limited. Based on the programs I was using, I could evaluate how to differentiate instruction for my students,” she said.

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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. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Welcome to the Future!

Part 3… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this third of many posts that will bring you over 70 STEM links. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter ( @ mjgormans ).

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What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Six Risks To Avoid. I am glad to report I’ve never seen a district make all these mistakes, but most districts make at least a few. Each risk is a trap easy to fall into, but also easy to avoid if you know how. Four Elements to Include.