Differentiate Lessons Without “Making It Easy” for Some – Education Article

By Barbara R. Blackburn The most common complaint about differentiation is that – by trying to teach students at their current level, especially struggling students – teachers lower their expectations and decrease the amount of rigor. As one principal shared with me, “I don’t think we meant for it to happen, but we are ‘dumbing down’ instruction for our struggling students and those with special needs.” That is why we need to address the role of rigor in the differentiated…

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Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools – Education Article

Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and StrategiesBy Barbara R. Blackburn and Bradley S. Witzel(Routledge, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Erin Corrigan-Smith Identifying and implementing effective RTI practices is definitely easier said than done. Across the country, there is a push to meet students on both their academic and emotional-behavioral levels. Without a clear-cut outline for effective strategies to implement in the classroom, there will not be much movement, for the better, with today’s learners. Response to Intervention, or RTI,…

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Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools – Education Article

Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and StrategiesBy Barbara R. Blackburn and Bradley S. Witzel(Routledge, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Bryndle Bottoms Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom is rich with useful tools and methods to effectively teach all children. The book encourages the whole school approach with specifics on leadership teams that are trained in areas of MTSS. It offers an excellent example of how to expand a current MTSS program in a school…

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3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal 3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom.  Planning takes time. I remember many nights and weekends that I spent countless hours developing a variety of activities that would keep my students engaged while also following the scope and sequence of the curriculum based on the standards that needed to be addressed.  When it is all said and done, it…

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