Free Trial for Collaborative Curriculum Measuring Tool – Education Article

There’s a new way to collaborate and measure curriculum across all classrooms within a school or district! If you’ve been looking for a new way to work together with colleagues as you build, measure, and fine-tune curriculum, the folks at Kiddom have something special for you. Their new tool helps you plan and stay organized throughout the school year. Go see it for yourself! Using this link, Class Tech Tips readers can test it out for a trial period of…

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Do We Test Children Too Much? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Do our schools in England test children too much, particularly at primary level? I don’t have a problem with 4, 6 and 11 year olds being tested in our primary schools. Testing knowledge is good. The real issue is ‘how’ the data is used for school accountability. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has declared he would ‘scrap primary SATS if elected’ is a cheap publicity stunt. Meanwhile, Nick Gibb says ‘abolishing SATs would be [a] hugely retrograde…

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How to Curate and Share Curriculum Resources – Easy EdTech Podcast 010 – Education Article

In this episode I share a favorite strategy you can use to keep track of your favorite teaching websites. You’ll hear about three tools that make it easy for you (and your students) to make interactive lists of favorites and share your curated resources with anyone and everyone! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: So let’s make this EdTech easy… Choose one topic you want to focus on (ex. Linear equations, French Revolution, letter sounds, etc.) Decide which…

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“Because, But, So” Goes 2.0 with Direct Quotations – Education Article

02.27.19“Because, But, So” Goes 2.0 with Direct Quotations   I had a great meeting yesterday with ace curriculum developer Jen Rugani to discuss lesson plans she’s been developing for our unit on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In the course of the meeting, we developed a new application for one of our favorite developmental writing exercises. The exercise is called Because, But, So and it comes from Judith Hochman’s amazing book the Writing Revolution. In our curriculum we…

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The madness of flight paths – David Didau – Education Article

Schools are desperate to find ways to predict students’ progress from year to year and between key stages. Seemingly, the most common approach to solving this problem is to produce some sort of ‘flight path’. The internet is full of such misguided attempts to do the impossible. Predicting a students’ progress is a mug’s game. It can’t be done. At the level of nationally representative population sample we can estimate the likelihood of someone who is measured at performing at…

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The curriculum – David Didau – Education Article

In my last post, I set out the problems with making predictions about students’ progress by drawing a ‘flight path’ between KS2 and KS4. Instead, I will argue, we should address three interlinked aspects; curriculum, assessment and instruction. In order to make a meaningful statement about where students are right now and what they need to do next, we need to be very clear about where we are hoping they’ll end up. This post will focus on issues of curriculum.…

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Using thinking strategies to help kids move beyond basic reading skills – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! Once students learn how to sound out words, reading is easy. They can speak the words they see. But whether they understand them is a different question entirely. Reading comprehension is complicated. Teachers, though, can help students learn concrete skills to become better readers. One way is by teaching…

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Sample Lessons For The Giver From Our Middle Level English Curriculum – Education Article

Students start off our Giver unit writing about this picture: “Why might someone want to live in a neighborhood like this? Why might someone not want to live in a neighborhood like this?”     I’ve been blogging quite a bit this year about the English Curriculum my team is writing. I shared an overview of our goals and methods here. I shared some examples of how we’re approaching vocabulary here. I shared some examples of the ‘sensitivity analysis’ questions…

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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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