I recently met with a group of veteran teachers from “traditional” schools to discuss student-centered learning. Perhaps because most of the educators in my Personal Learning Network all seem to agree about the importance student-centered learning, I had expected to focus on the “how” rather than the “why.” While I feel there is a good … Continue reading Is Student-Centered Learning Like Opening Pandora’s Box?
Just in Time Data Over the past few weeks, we focused on Data-Driven Instruction: how to use data gathered over an extended period of time to form a detailed picture of each student’s achievements and needs. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from teachers curious about ways to “dip their toes” into data collection or how … Continue reading Just in Time Data
In parts 1 and 2, we looked how to get started collecting data for DDI and then how to use that data to plan for whole and small group lessons. In this third and final section, we’ll consider ways to use data and data-driven platforms to personalize instruction for individual students. Here I’ll focus on the cycle of using … Continue reading 3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 3/3)
In my last post, I described how to get a data-driven program off the ground by encouraging and enticing students to answer questions on an online platform that stores and organizes their responses. In this week’s post, we will look at some ways that data can help us plan for whole group or small group … Continue reading 3 Steps To Implement Data-Driven Instruction (2/3): Whole Group and Small Group Planning
I delivered my most “brilliant” lecture early in my teaching career. My junior English class was reading Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and both the concepts and the language proved challenging. I, myself, was not a huge fan of this extended essay when I was in high school, but as I re-read it as an adult, I … Continue reading 3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 1/3)