It’s hard to attend an education conference, especially an EdTech conference, these days without hearing about Gamified Learning. As with any buzzword, it can be hard to tell the difference between a bandwagon worth hopping on and empty hype. It can be equally hard to pin down a definition, let alone best practices, for a … Continue reading Gaming the System
Conducting a Class with Leveled Groups If you were concerned about content coverage when we brought up the idea of self-guided learning, you may have nightmares about the idea of leveled groupings. In my experience, though, you don’t need to sacrifice coverage in order to allow students to work at their own levels. While it may … Continue reading Getting Started with Leveled Groupings
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)