Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day @coolcatteacher – Education Article

I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I’ve also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac. Today’s Sponsor Thank you to Advancement Courses for making today’s show possible. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. They offer over 200 graduate-level…

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Modelling: Classroom Instruction for Teachers – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How do you scaffold teacher-instruction in the classroom? For years I have firmly believed that the most effective teachers ‘model’ the work being asked of their pupils. Professor Barak Rosenshine’s 40 years of teaching and learning research supports my experiences. This post offers a summary of the research and what this technique looks like in the classroom. In this post, I’d like to remind readers of Rosenshine’s 17 Principles for Effective Instruction and articulate in this…

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The Gifts they Bring: English Learners and Gifted Ed. – Education Article

A few weeks back I was chatting with a gifted education specialist in our district, an excellent teacher my son was lucky enough to have in elementary school. I asked him some questions that had been in the back of my mind about English Learners and gifted education, and whether the district identified a lot of EL’s as gifted and talented. He said that the district was working on this issue and developing some strategies to improve in this area.…

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How To Evaluate EdTech Tools for Your Classroom – Education Article

Is there such a thing as the “perfect” EdTech tool? As a classroom teacher, I was always on the hunt for new iPad apps or websites. I hoped they would address different goals I had for students. In these early days of curating resources, I tried to filter out the fluff. I knew I needed to focus in on high-quality EdTech tools that could be used in many different ways. If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you’ve probably…

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Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know @coolcatteacher – Education Article

In some of the statistics about online acceessibility, we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. More than that – federal lawsuits for non-compliance have risen 180% from 2017 to 2018 in the United States. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. My research assistant, Dr. Lisa Durff, found a presentation on this topic “Creating an Accessible Campus Culture” presented by Bevin Rainwater…

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eduCLIMBER – Powerful Data Integration and Analysis that Teachers & Admins can Actually Use – Education Article

Powerful data integration and analysis that teachers and admins can actually use. eduCLIMBER can position educators to work together to give students the supports they need to succeed. eduCLIMBER is a unique cloud-based data system created for educators by educators to make data analysis more efficient and accurate. This interactive tool enables schools to pull together data from many different sources and visualize it in new, powerful ways. It is important to note that eduCLIMBER was developed by an educator who was not…

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5 Reasons To Revamp Your Rewards System – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Are reward systems actually rewarding? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ For almost a year, I have pondered the idea of implementing a reward system. Yet, thus far, I am yet to thrust myself into activating it. The common consensus seems to be that behaviour change and not the reward itself is what brings about long-term learner-improvement (James, 2016). Is this the reason why I haven’t convinced myself that a rewards system is the answer? For the purpose of this article…

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Now That Schools Are Promoting Broader Definitions of Success, How Do We Measure Progress? – Education Article

As more schools adopt learning goals beyond reading, writing and math, certain questions are vexing school leaders worldwide: How can we measure growth in creative thinking? How can we spot a “self-aware” team member? How can we measure whether our graduating high school seniors have the habits necessary to succeed at college and throughout adult life? The good news is that leading grantmakers have defined new goals for students, including the XQ Learner Goals, the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning outcomes, and MyWays from NGLC. Battelle…

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Exploring Low Stakes Assessments | Emerging Education Technologies – Education Article

Providing full credit (100%) for completing some assignments or assessmenets can be a great way to decrease ‘test stress’ and grade anxiety, gather much-needed feedback about student learning and skills development, and help to bolster grades. Last November, I attended a NERCOMP sponsored Faculty Innovation PD session at Fairfield University. The first presenter was Carol Ann Davis, English Professor and Director of Curriculum Development for the Center of Academic Excellence. In her talk, Professor Davis discussed Low Stakes Assessments. This…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #90 – Education Article

Welcome to my 90th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Probability TaskThanks to John Rowe (@MrJohnRowe) for sharing this challenging probability puzzle. If you like this then you’ll find similar tasks for a wide range of topics on the fantastic website openmiddle.com which I’ve blogged about before. 2. Exam Wrapper Thanks to Alice Leung (@aliceleung) for sharing an exam wrapper for students to complete after an assessment. I like it…

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The Importance Of Student Feedback – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you know what your students think? Challenging behaviour, planning and assessment are constant challenges for teachers in the UK. These undoubtedly contribute to teacher burnout. To help remedy the bureaucracy, I have got into the habit of periodically seeking feedback from my children. It is always important to obtain feedback from children about their learning. Hearing the opinions of your students, no matter their age, is vital for continuous development, and it is for them…

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Pre-Assessments Help Point Lessons in the Right Direction – Education Article

By Barbara R. Blackburn Prior to teaching your lessons, it’s important to gauge where students are in their knowledge of the topic. If we don’t know where students are, it’s hard to determine what we need to do to help them learn at higher levels. Let’s start by looking at the characteristics of five student-oriented strategies for pre-assessment, two teacher-directed options, and effective formal pre-tests. Student-Oriented Strategies Here are five instructional strategies that give students the opportunity to demonstrate their…

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Responsive Curriculum Management in Action – Education Article

What does it look like to have a robust and responsive curriculum in your school? A well-designed, responsive curriculum gives teachers an opportunity to help students connect with content in a meaningful way. A clear plan for instruction and delivery can help students engage in deeper learning with subject matter in every classroom. Making sure all curriculum is consistent across a school and district has become a priority for educators. This is especially true for those leading the charge for…

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Louder than words | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

My last couple of blog posts have argued in favour of extracting value out of organisational capabilities. Due to the nature of my role I have posited these arguments in terms of employee development. However, I further advocate the use of organisational capabilities across all parts of the employee lifecycle. Using the 4+4 Part Employee Lifecycle as my guide, I will share my thoughts on some of the ways in which your capability framework can add value to your organisation’s…

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#1minCPD: Raising Aspirations | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

#1minCPD: Raising Aspirations | TeacherToolkit | UK Education Blog Reading Time: 1 minute Want to encourage your pupils to aim high? Although many young people have huge aspirations, there is often a still a deep disconnect between socially deprived pupils and aiming high. Here’s one way to raise aspirations for those who don’t seem… This is only a snippet…

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Gimkit – Mix Things up with a Great New Review Game – Education Article

Everyone Loves Review Games You can never have too many options for review games. Mixing things up keeps things fresh. I’m happy to add another tool to my Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet Live, Flippity rotation. Gimkit Gimkit (Gimkit.com) was made by a group of high school students from Seattle, My first impression is that they combined the look of Kahoot with the play of Quizizz, then took it to another level with some serious gamification. Create Classes Classes allow teachers to control…

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5 Tips For Live Displays – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can we improve our displays? We need to think carefully about our classroom displays so that they don’t do more harm than good. Displays aren’t just for decoration but when done well can add significant value to the learning environment. In ‘Memorable Teaching’, Peps Mccrea warns that displays which aren’t purposeful can actually be detrimental. They can be distracting and potentially prevent learning from entering long-term memory. Clever classrooms think about displays and what impacts…

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Learn How To Organize Student Data with eduCLIMBER – Education Article

It’s always exciting to come across EdTech tools created by educators. Classroom perspective and experience working with students, can spark ideas that turn into websites and apps for the world to use. This year I connected with the team at eduCLIMBER, and I’m excited to tell you about their interactive tool for educators. eduCLIMBER is an EdTech tool to help educators organize student data. Created for educators by educators, eduCLIMBER’s goal is to make data analysis more efficient and accurate…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #100 – Education Article

Welcome to my 100th gems post! This is a big milestone for me. I’ve published 327 posts since I started writing my blog four and a half years ago. One hundred of those posts have been part of my ‘Maths Gems’ series – each one has featured a selection of news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. When I joined Twitter I couldn’t believe how many ideas and resources were being shared by maths teachers everyday that weren’t being seen by…

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5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics @coolcatteacher – Education Article

| Share | Tweet | Share | Pin It | email Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. Listen to the Show Dr. Scott N. Forrest Scott N. Forrest has been an educator for 26 years and earned his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. He teaches English at Mountain House High School…

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The Easiest Ways to Measure Your Progress in School – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

Measuring your progress is quite important in one’s everyday life, especially if you want to figure out how well you’re doing at school. Progress measurement should be second nature to people who are trying to improve in a particular field. Unfortunately, not many people know how to measure progress properly or easily. This can lead people to make plenty of misjudgments about progress. If you put more effort into measuring your progress, you’ll be able to get consistent and accurate…

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5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics @coolcatteacher – Education Article

| Share | Tweet | Share | Pin It | email Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. Listen to the Show Dr. Scott N. Forrest Scott N. Forrest has been an educator for 26 years and earned his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. He teaches English at Mountain House High School…

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Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension – Education Article

Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled TextsBy Jennifer Serravallo(Heinemann, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Linda Biondi Simply amazing! Jennifer Serravallo outdid herself – again! Her new book, Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts, is one of the most teacher friendly books that I have read. As a mentor and coach to student teachers, I am always looking for books that will help our next generation of professionals become more cognizant of their…

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Colour-Coded Differentiation | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why should we ditch colour-coded worksheets? We need colour-coded chopping boards in the kitchen because they can prevent cross-contamination between food groups which could potentially cause food poisoning. That makes sense. What we don’t need, are colour-coded differentiated worksheets in the classroom. They make no sense at all. Educational racism? We know that no two children are alike but we don’t produce thirty colour-coded worksheets to personalise for tailor-made learning. That’s differentiation madness and would be impractical…

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Top 10 ‘Afternoon’ Teaching Strategies – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What ‘end of the week’ teaching ideas do you have up your sleeve? Teachers will be back to school all the bright-eyed with enthusiasm(?), renewed and ready to perform during the term ahead. But, the looming spectre of lethargy and inattention is only ever one poorly chosen activity away. Here are my top-10 afternoon classroom activities. 1. Self-Guided Worksheets Much like Ronseal, this does exactly what it says on the tin. From knowledge organisers to extended…

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