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Examples of Differentiated Instruction

Learning differences can be valued and addressed to best reach each student, but it does require deliberate and purposeful planning.  This post...

Coaching vs Training

Creating awesome learning experiences for students relies on those who impact them the most...their teachers. Research shows that coached teachers...

The Four Characteristics of Authentic Learning

What type of experience do your students get when they enter your classroom? Will their skills transfer to other aspects of their future lives?...

Critical Thinking with Technology

When students #think they are engaged in some of the highest levels of learning. Many of your are already engaging your kids in ways that activate...

QR Codes for Teachers

QR codes are a great way to get groups of students to resources quickly and efficiently. This is especially true for elementary kids that struggle...

Social and Emotional (SEL) Apps for Special Ed

This article from Edutopia outlines some very useful apps for Special Education students that need help with social and emotional issues.9...

Geoboard Basics

This article published on the NRICH Mathematics website outlines the advantages of using geoboards for developing cognitive skills in students. This...

Why Do We Still Lecture?

What does a lecture have to do with collaboration?That's a great question! There are many techniques that have been used for centuries in medicine...

Collaboration in Action

This video builds on the concepts established by Edutopia in the Pyxis resource, Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding.  All...

Strategy: Pass the Problem

This classroom teaching strategy is great for getting students to collaborate. The University of Oklahoma's K20 Learn site is full of great teaching...

Strategy in Action: Pass the Problem

This video, from K20 Center, explains the details of the Pass the Problem strategy and shows some examples of this technique in action. In this...

VoiceThread Collaboration

This resource is a real world example of how powerful VoiceThread can be. This entire project is an example of a Pass the Problem type strategy where...

Strategy: Strategy Harvest

This classroom teaching strategy is great for getting students to collaborate. The University of Oklahoma's K20 Learn site is full of great...

Strategy in Action: Strategy Harvest

This video, from K20 Center, explains the details of the Strategy Harvest activity and shows some examples of this technique in action. In this...

Manipulatives in the Primary Classroom

We will warn you, this article is a little dense, but it is well worth the read if you teach math. In this article, Jenni Back from NRICH: Enriching...

Dylan Wiliam: Importance of Collaborative Learning

In this resource, Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London, outlines what he believes to be the most...

How to Write Effective Driving Questions

If we boil it down, the only reason humans know anything is because we wanted to answer questions. We are inquisitive and often relentless when it...

Engaging Underperforming Students

This video from Edutopia examines the practices of one school that put a focus on improving student performance. Their dedication to increasing...

Graphic Organizer & Mind Map Tool

Lucidchart is a handy Google extension that allows users to easily create diagrams, mind maps, and flowcharts. It is very easy to use, and because it...

The Educator's Role in Critical Thinking

"Thinking is not driven by answers but by questions."The Foundation for Critical Thinking has a lot to say about the learning opportunities that...