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Monday, October 29, 2012

PD programs use blended learning to boost differentiated instruction - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief - Great way to teaching different learning styles.


  • Many professional-development programs are using blended-learning strategies to teach the teachers how to use the technique. Many of these programs also instruct teachers how to use blended learning to differentiate instruction before delving into how to use the technology. "We're teaching teachers how to facilitate a classroom with a lot of different learning styles and modalities happening at the same time," said Hope Johnston, specialist for online learning in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school system, where teachers attend Web-based and blended professional-development courses. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, October 21, 2012

High-school student makes the case for project-based learning - Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • In our conversations about differentiation for the CCSS, we sometimes forget about differentiating for multiple intelligences.  This article reminds us of the necessity of reaching all students, the venue for doing so, and ........the change that needs to take place.  
  • Project based learning and performance tasks seems to be linked to me!
    In an excerpt from his book, "One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School," high-school senior Nikhil Goyal writes about the benefits of project-based learning. However, he quotes educators who say the teaching method has been slow to catch on because it is "messy" and gets them into trouble with administrators who prefer seeing students being quiet in their seats. He also quotes Harvard professor Howard Gardner as preferring a combination of two models: hands-on exploration and structured apprenticeship. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A visit to a motivated classroom - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief - a good read


Stop by the Inservice blog to watch a video clip from the A Visit to a Motivated Classroom DVD. You'll see educator Marilyn Garber employ a combination of student-directed and teacher-directed strategies to motivate students and build a learning partnership. The post outlines key questions to ask yourself as you follow Garber, like, "How does having students explain their own solutions benefit the class as well as the individual student?" Visit the blog.