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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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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.

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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This is the second 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. This week is all about assessment.

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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Technology has made information readily available and has also transformed our economy. Knowing how to learn has replaced what to learn as the priority. Part of guiding students through this process is making our learning targets completely transparent. Click through to see how I do it.

Creating Transparent Goals for Personalized Learning

This is the third 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. This week is

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Do you struggle to implement personalized learning in your "standardized" classroom? I know I do. That's why I've started a new series on my blog, "Baby Steps to Personalized Learning." In the first post, I discuss what personalized learning is and how we can SLOWLY implement it using finite student choice.

Assessment and Personalized Learning in a Standardized Classroom

This is the second 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. Last week, we discussed An Easy Way to Personalize Learning with Student Choice. This week is all about assessment. And that’s a bit more tricky. Assessment

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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.

An Easy Way to Personalize Learning with Student Choice

Personalized Learning is the phrase of the day in education. And for a good reason. ISTE defines personalized learning as pedagogy that “tailors instruction, expression of learning and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” That’s amazing–and exactly what we as teachers want to offer for our students. But it’s also daunting. We live

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We teach it, but do our students learn it? Probably not without our assistance. “Go forth and study” means very little to students. Click through to see five quick and easy strategies I use to foster learning in my classroom.

Five Quick and Easy Teaching Strategies to Foster Learning

We’ve all had this conversation: “You didn’t teach that,” says the student. “I taught that last Tuesday,” says the teacher. This happens to me with every unit. I did teach it. The problem is, the student didn’t learn it. And it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because I teach content-heavy courses and there is so little time.

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Bellringers, warm-ups, do-nows…whatever you call them, they’re not just a classroom management tactic. Click through to find out three ways I make the most of these five-minute gems in my classroom.

Three Ways to Make the Most of Your Bellringers

Bellringers, Do-Nows, Warm-Ups…whatever you call them, don’t skip them. Used correctly, they can set the tone for your entire class. These five minute intro activities are traditionally used to get students focused and to give us time to take attendance, check homework, and various other administrative tasks. When I first started teaching, I scrambled each

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