Instruction

To Increase Student Motivation, Focus on Real-World, Project-Based Learning

Categories: 21st Century Skills, Instruction, Technology

Based on Implementing Project-Based Learning

When Hurricane Harvey flooded neighborhoods and destroyed property in Houston, Texas, teachers didn’t take long to turn the natural disaster into meaningful learning. In schools across the Humble Independent School District, students engaged in a wide range of projects that focused on protecting and restoring the Lake Houston Watershed—using drones to survey riverbanks, inventing devices to filter drinking water, and participating in hands-on conservation efforts.

These students have no reason to ask the tired question, “When will we ever need to know this?” Read more

Why Should Teachers Differentiate? Five Compelling Reasons

Categories: Instruction, PLC, RTI

Differentiation is neither revolutionary nor something extra. It is simply teaching mindfully and with the intent to support the success of each human being for whom we accept professional responsibility.
David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson (Differentiation and the Brain, 2018, p. 10)

Successful educators have been differentiating instruction for centuries. Great teachers design learning experiences that respond to their students’ needs/readiness, interests, and learning preferences. Read more

Skills: Problem solving, critical thinking, literacy, creativity, accountability, productivity, social, communication

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Skills Are as Important as (and May Be More Important than) Content

Categories: 21st Century Skills, Instruction

Teachers have been teaching what they’ve been asked to teach; the curriculum commonly taught, and that we expect students to learn, in classrooms today—for better or worse—reflects the standards in place up until 2010.

However, the policy documents, frameworks, and standards in place since 2010 are qualitatively distinct—and this is a very good thing. Depth and skills are increasingly emphasized and encouraged to be taught and learned. Read more

Technology in learning

Why Personalized Instruction Can Lead to Powerful Learning Experiences

Categories: Instruction

Based on Future-Focused Learning

Learning is, and always has been, a very personal experience. Nevertheless, personalized instruction is a topic that raises many questions. As it turns out, there’s a very good reason for this.

When you look at the very idea of personalized learning as a teacher, it’s admittedly daunting and looks, on the outside at least, like a huge undertaking. Read more