New Series: Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

In June, I traveled with a handful of colleagues from my district to teach students and train teachers in China.   This was a unique opportunity for me to bridge two of my passions — travel and education!  Our partners on this trip, the Chinese and Cultural Exchange Center (CCEC) and the Creative Academic Network (CAN), tasked us Read More …

ICYMI Tech Tuesday – Flipped Learning 419- Small-Group Differentiated Instruction in Edmodo

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

Ready to steer small groups of students toward mastery? In this session, we will explore how to use Edmodo to assign different videos to small groups at different skill sets. Imagine teaching three lessons at the same time, all without extra staff in the room! It’s not mini-me, it’s Edmodo-me times three! Wrap-up In the Read More …

Tech Tuesday – PBL 301- Group Work vs. Collaboration

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

Are your students collaborating or dividing and conquering?  In this session, we will discuss how to manage student teams so that learning is comprehensive rather than fragmented. Agenda Let’s first develop a definition of collaboration by reading the first two pages of “Towards Better Group Work: Seeing the Difference between Cooperation and Collaboration” an article Read More …

New Series: Innovation Comes in Many Sizes

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Innovation Comes in Many Sizes

“Innovation comes in many sizes.” Inspired by a reading for my graduate studies, I am opening a new series on my blog about the innovations around me.  This series will showcase innovations, big and small, that are happening in classrooms.  Based on school data, I have been working to promote collaborative tasks in the classroom. Read More …

ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 502 – Building Better Rubrics

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

If you missed the Tech Tuesday session yesterday, click here to check out the agenda and materials.  Below, I’ve linked a screencast I posted to my YouTube channel that models a standards-based approach to writing a rubric.  Using the template I provided in yesterday’s post (also below), you can go through the process yourself. Screencast Read More …

Tech Tuesday – PBL 502 – Building Better Rubrics

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

How can we as teachers develop useable and thorough rubrics that set high expectations but also provide student voice/choice?  In this session, bring your standards and expectations, because we will be building rubrics for your project(s). Agenda Review of rubric characteristics from previous rubric meeting Brief overview of laying-out a rubric in Word Find your Read More …