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The Blended Classroom: A SIMPLE Station-Rotation Model

So, we’re mixing pen and paper with digital in our blended classrooms, and everything’s going great. At first (for me) it was just about throwing in some digital resources. The kids love it. It’s easy for me. But now that I’m getting a little more comfortable with it, I’m starting to experiment with different ways

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5 Easy Alternatives to Lecture

So, I don’t know about you, but the new school year is in full swing, and things are crazy around here (stacks of papers to grade, keeping my son on track with his new homework load, planning for a new course, and cooking dinner, oh, my). But something has been at the forefront of my

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Culturally Responsive Teaching in Any Setting

This is Post 2 of the “Teaching in Uncertain Times” series. Check out the introduction here. There are a lot of ideas about culturally responsive teaching. I’ve read articles and books. I’ve talked to teachers. Every time I ask people what it is, I get a different answer. I’m partial to Nikki Williams Rucker’s definition

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Teaching in Uncertain Times

I don’t have to tell you that teaching’s a tough job under the best of circumstances. I saw a quote on Instagram saying that teachers do a year’s worth of work in 10 months. You know that’s true. But the first six months of 2020 felt more like six years worth of work–the scramble to

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3 Ways to Use Your Existing Resources for Distance Learning

Distance learning has caught us off-guard, and even if our schools are 1:1, we’ve found ourselves unprepared for this. It has us scrambling. In my last two posts, I offered advice to simplify and then to organize distance learning. This week, I want to discuss why we don’t need to scramble for resources. be sure

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A Template for Distance Learning

The last time we touched base, I had just learned that my school was shutting down for a couple of weeks. That was three weeks ago, and just this past Thursday, Georgia joined other states in announcing that school would be closed for the rest of the year. This introvert loves being at home, but

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Tips to Simplify Remote Learning

This was not a post I had intended to write, but here we all are. Many schools across the nation are closing indefinitely–mine among them. My system is moving to remote learning. We are fortunately 1:1, but this is not the case for every school, and students everywhere don’t all have equal wifi access. I’m

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Baby Steps to Personalized Learning: Taking the Leap

Over the past few months, we’ve been discussing Baby Steps to Personalized Learning. I genuinely believe that personalized learning is the direction that schools should be headed. Public education hasn’t changed much since its inception during the Industrial Revolution. But times have changed, the economy has changed, and students’ needs have changed. I’m afraid that

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Personalized Learning with Student-Teacher Conferences

This is the fifth part of my series, Baby Steps to Personalized Learning. I’m using this series to discuss small ways to bring personalized learning into our standardized classrooms. The first week, we discussed An Easy Way to Personalize Learning with Student Choice. Then we discussed Assessment and Personalized Learning in a Standardized Classroom. Week 3 was about

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Personalized Learning with a Project Path

This is the fourth part of my series, Baby Steps to Personalized Learning. I’m using this series to discuss small ways to bring personalized learning into our standardized classrooms. The first week, we discussed An Easy Way to Personalize Learning with Student Choice. Then we discussed Assessment and Personalized Learning in a Standardized Classroom. Last week was about

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