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How can you use technology to do stations in secondary education? Easy! This simple Station-Rotation model, which is very much like what is commonly use in elementary schools, is a great way to incorporate at least one digital station while getting your students moving and practicing different skills.

The Blended Classroom: A SIMPLE Station-Rotation Model

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 to

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Lectures are a traditional stand-by teaching method, especially in social studies. However, there are lots of ways to make class more interactive and engaging for students. I share five instructional methods I've started using in my classroom that make my teaching more interactive and that provide an alternative to lecturing.

5 Easy Alternatives to Lecture

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 mind

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Teaching in Uncertain Times

We’re teaching in uncertain times. 2020 has been a pivotal year in education–hybrid learning, virtual learning. We don’t know what to expect for the next or future school years. But we can do our best to be proactive. Join me for this five part series on Teaching in Uncertain Times. Let’s take this leap together!

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If we have a few basic tools, we already have the resources we need to provide students with quality distance learning opportunities. So we can end the resource scramble. Click through to see how—there’s a video and a cheat sheet to help!

3 Ways to Use Your Existing Resources for Distance Learning

If you have a few basic tools, you already have the resources you need to provide students with quality distance learning opportunities. So you can end the resource scramble. Click through to see three ways to use existing resources for distance learning. There’s a video tutorial and a cheat sheet to help!

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After about a week of virtual learning, I realized that I needed a distance learning template that would keep weekly lessons contained to one place. This is a free distance learning lesson plan template that will clarify and simplify distance learning for you and your students. Be sure to grab it here!

A Template for Distance Learning

After about a week of virtual learning, I realized that I needed a distance learning template that would keep weekly lessons contained to one place. This is a free distance learning lesson plan template that will clarify and simplify distance learning for you and your students. Be sure to grab it here!

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I'm going to make this a quick post, but I'll share what I hope are helpful ideas. I'll follow technology suggestions with workarounds when I can. None of them will be perfect, obviously. A device of some kind will be necessary, even without wifi. So we have to be flexible with due dates and understanding our students' limitations.

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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There is a dynamic vision of personalized learning that is student driven, creative, and laser-focused on specific learning targets. This vision of personalized learning teaches students to take ownership of their learning and to become life-long learners, as they will surely need to be in our rapidly changing economy. This post discusses bringing together the Baby Steps to Personalized Learning and taking the leap.

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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