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Three Examples of Incorporating Technology into the Classroom Using the SAMR Model

By |2021-06-28T14:17:13-05:00June 28th, 2021|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , , , , |

As technology becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, we begin to see its benefits in the classroom as well. When used purposefully, technology can truly transform the learning experience for both students and teachers. After reading this article, you will be familiar with the SAMR model of technology integration and how to implement technology at each level in order to transform your students’ learning experience.

Flipping the Classroom Script: Flipped Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Learning

By |2021-04-27T10:23:34-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , , |

Many of us have heard the term “flipped classroom”, and especially as technology is becoming increasingly a part of education, more and more educators find themselves trying the strategies involved in “flipping” a classroom. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about true flipped learning, and oftentimes, educators are not utilizing the strategy to its full potential.

Differentiation in the Classroom: Content, Process, or Product?

By |2021-04-27T10:27:38-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

When we hear the term differentiation, we often think of helping students with learning difficulties by providing students the right support so that they can be successful at high levels in the classroom. This is the most common practice, but differentiation can mean so much more! Learn some common strategies for differentiating the content you teach, the process by which your students learn, and the products they complete to demonstrate their knowledge.

Get the Most Out of Your Class’s Literature Studies: Movie Preview Projects-It’s All in the Storyboards

By |2021-04-29T10:30:55-05:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom, Writing Instruction|Tags: , |

Lights! Camera! Dying to inject tech into literature while getting the comprehension Action! you crave for your students? Just as in any film making process, when using movie preview projects to engage your class of readers, you have to keep your own audience in mind. In this article, we’ll review a must for ensuring you get the product quality you demand, and your (student) film crew gets the experience and understanding that makes any literature study project worthwhile.

Blended Learning – A Checklist to Ensure Authentic Implementation in the Classroom

By |2021-04-29T13:49:02-05:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , , |

Most educators have a general understanding of blended learning as an educational strategy that blends traditional teaching with technology. However, true blended learning is not as simple as using a laptop to research online or using an iPad to create a photo slideshow. Read on to learn how to implement blended learning in your classroom with fidelity.

Backwards Design in Lesson Planning

By |2021-04-30T10:06:37-05:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning|Tags: , , |

After reading this article, readers will understand the three critical steps of backwards design in lesson planning, as well as the rationale behind it. They will be able to work through those three steps in order to plan a lesson or series of lessons for any upcoming unit.

The Importance of Ongoing Checks for Understanding

By |2021-04-30T10:08:16-05:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , |

Many people often think that a formal assessment is a sufficient way to check their students’ understanding. While these assessments are certainly useful to determine your students’ level of content mastery at the end of a unit, checking for understanding is something that should happen regularly throughout a lesson.

Station Teaching and Alternative Teaching: Two Effective Co-Teaching Instructional Models

By |2021-04-30T10:09:48-05:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

If you are fortunate enough to work in a co-teaching situation, we encourage you to try station teaching and/or alternative teaching as instructional models. Station teaching is perfect for when you want to implement a variety of learning activities, and alternative teaching is an excellent method of differentiating instruction for two groups working at different academic levels.

Inquiry Based Learning: What It Looks Like in a Classroom Setting

By |2021-04-30T10:12:02-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Science Instruction, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you heard of inquiry-based learning, but weren't really sure what it entailed? Have you tried to implement it in your classroom, but not sure if you’re hitting the mark? Read on to find out the difference between true inquiry and flawed inquiry.

5 Ways to Help All Students Succeed in a Differentiated Classroom

By |2021-04-30T10:13:33-05:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

The key to success for all students is easier than you might think! Designing a differentiated classroom is one of the most impactful ways to progress the learning of each and every child. Today’s classroom is more diverse than ever before which is why it is crucial for educators to implement differentiation strategies that address each child’s readiness, interests, and learning profile. Learn how you can simply and effectively help your students on their road to success through differentiation in your classroom.

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