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The Risks of Teaching to the Test

If you or your children spend time in schools, you’ve experienced waves of reforms meant to “fix” education. Whether we are considering Data-Driven Instruction or Response to Intervention, these initiatives have brought fresh ideas to education. Still, there is often a disconnect between how we teach and how students learn. Too often, instead of teaching students …

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Data-Driven Math Instruction: A Gradual Approach

In a previous post, I described my first steps toward creating a gamified math class using Khan Academy. I didn’t set out with gamification as a goal. At first, I was mostly interested in Data-Driven Instruction. Introducing Khan Academy helped me to assign different work to different students and assess their progress, while reducing the time …

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Gamification vs Game-Based Learning – Does it Make a Difference?

Gamifying my 5th grade math course has been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my teaching career. After introducing gamification, I am finding a number of benefits for both myself and my students. Though the term “gamification” is new, games have been a part of learning since humans first began learning. When deciding …

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