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Identifying the Needs of English Learners English learners (ELs) have unique needs requiring targeted instructional approaches to support their language acquisition and academic success. Equality vs. Equity: Are We Meeting ELs’ Needs? First, we must be clear about […]
How can formative assessment data help students to develop their metacognitive skills? Formative assessments are ongoing assessments embedded throughout the learning process. These informal assessments provide information to the teacher about students’ understanding of the material being covered […]
Don’t let transitions steal class time! Some classes understand the expectations of the station rotation model almost immediately. The teacher explains the model, the students understand the expectations, and the class moves into stations smoothly. Other classes need […]
In my Art of Blended Learning Online Course this week, we continued our work on the playlist model. I began our synchronous session by addressing frequently asked questions about this model. In this post, I will share answers […]
Spend less time preparing for tests! Generating high-quality review materials and engaging review games takes time. It is also a cognitively challenging task since it requires thinking about the key concepts in a unit or learning cycle and […]
As teachers, we know that the physical environment of a classroom can have a significant impact on how students engage with the material and each other. From the color of the walls to the lighting and temperature, every […]
What barriers make designing for deeper learning in schools challenging? In today’s rapidly changing educational landscape, educators face numerous challenges when designing instruction that promotes deeper learning for all students. Recently, I had the privilege of meeting with […]
Do you want to design lessons that allow you to work with small groups but worry about keeping the rest of the class on task? Even the most experienced teachers find themselves teaching “that one class” that needs […]
What is problematic about teachers being the only audience for student work? When teachers are the only audience for student work, it creates an unsustainable workload because teachers are responsible for reviewing, evaluating, and providing feedback on all […]
Blended learning environments offer a unique opportunity for teachers to shift the control of the learning experience from teacher to learner by combining active, engaged learning online and offline. However, teachers must leverage technology effectively and use data […]
Why should teachers use rubrics to assess student work? Rubrics are valuable assessment tools that provide clear and transparent expectations about what constitutes quality work. Rubrics identify specific criteria relevant to the assignment, along with corresponding levels of […]
In a previous blog post and corresponding podcast, I said, “if teachers design student-centered learning experiences that allow students to write with support in class, ChatGPT won’t be nearly as disruptive as some articles claim.” In the two […]