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Teaching Strategies

How You Play the Game

Taking the first step to gamified learning can seem overwhelming, especially if you are the type of teacher who likes to create everything from scratch.

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Assessment

Gaming the System

It’s hard to attend an education conference, especially an EdTech conference, these days without hearing about Gamified Learning. As with any buzzword, it can be

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Curriculum and Planning

Differentiation through Flexible Grouping

While it may seem paradoxical for students to work at their own pace and meet content standards, students can learn so much more effectively when work is targeted at their level. Leveled groups are most successful when students are grouped accurately and teachers facilitate effectively.

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Technology Integration

Just in Time Data

When we deliver information to our classes via lecture, we often wonder how much they are ‘picking up what we’re putting down.’ When the assessment comes days or weeks later, it can be hard to tell whether a student’s difficulties come from attention, comprehension, or retention.

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Assessment

First Steps to Data-Driven Instruction

The gap between what we “teach” students and what they “learn” should be familiar to any classroom teacher. Good assessment shows us what students understand and retain; the importance of data can not be discounted.

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Teacher workload can prevent educators from creating effective learning environments
Teaching Strategies

Free up two hours of planning time each week.

I believe that the best way we can enrich students’ learning experience is to give teachers the time to think deeply about their practice – when we create efficiencies in how teachers use their planning time, they can use the added time to make lessons more interactive and creative.

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