How Can Teachers Move Beyond Textbook-Dependent Teaching To Actively Engage Students In The Classroom?

How Can Teachers Move Beyond Textbook-Dependent Teaching To Actively Engage Students In The Classroom?

Take your teaching from good to great with these transformational teaching tips…
The best teachers are artists who know the science of teaching. Transformational teachers know that artful teaching without science lacks efficacy, and scientific teaching without aesthetics lacks vision. Says child psychologist Dr. David Elkind, “The art comes from the teacher’s personality, experience, and talents. […]

GRADUATE Course – Standards and Communications in Teaching

“I really enjoyed the course. It was straight forward and easy to use. The instructor was very elaborate in her responses, and helped to clarify questions. All responses were received in a timely manner as well. It was a great course with good pacing and I learned lots of material in a short amount of […]

SELF-STUDY: Common Core Academic Interventions (5 hours)

“How can I improve student performance in a systematic way? ”
Every student is different and this course is designed to help teachers as they create unique interventions that benefit their individual students. This course is designed to guide and help teachers effectively and strategically support struggling learners in the classroom. Teachers […]

What are the Different Types of Standards in Education?

What are the Different Types of Standards in Education?

Standards can be presented in many ways. You can have content standards, benchmarks, and even performance standards. The first challenge is understanding what each term means.
It is difficult to define all the key words without running into overlapping of the terms. Some states have fused all the types of standards into one, some are still […]

What is the Purpose of a Learning Target in Formative Assessment?

What is the Purpose of a Learning Target in Formative Assessment?

Tuttle (2009) explains that “Curriculum and instruction are not based on a textbook but on the standards that all students are to meet through differentiated instruction. Also, assessments are not used to determine a grade but to inform students of expectations and achievements. In the same manner, student feedback is much more than just a […]

What must be kept in Mind to Develop a Framework while Integrating Standards?

What must be kept in Mind to Develop a Framework while Integrating Standards?

When integrating standards school-wide, we must pay careful attention across disciplines and grade levels in order to align what is taught to the curriculum. A framework can help ensure that this alignment occurs not only vertically across grades but horizontally within one grade as well.
Approaching the standards through an integrated approach can only be successful […]

How do I Integrate Technology into a Standards Based Curriculum?

How do I Integrate Technology into a Standards Based Curriculum?

Integrating technology in standards based curriculum follows the idea of determining cross-curricular skills and ensuring that they are taught explicitly in context rather than on their own.
When integrating technology in your planning, it is helpful to remember these points:

Technology helps students reach standards.
Teachers should not spend time writing technology standards. When technology standards already exist, […]

How does Standards-based Teaching impact Student Learning?

How does Standards-based Teaching impact Student Learning?

Standards-based instruction guides the planning, implementation and assessment of student learning. The use of standards to streamline instruction ensures that teaching practices deliberately focus on agreed upon learning targets. Expectations for student learning are mapped out with each prescribed standard and the road map to mastery is clearly defined within the adopted curriculum.
Teachers align classroom […]

What are the Challenges in Implementing Standards Based Instruction?

What are the Challenges in Implementing Standards Based Instruction?

In recent years, many states have dispatched new versions of curriculum documents and a lot of work has been done to clean up and more clearly articulate standards.
Despite these efforts, some challenges still remain:

Quality can vary between regions.
Unclear or vague standards.
A disciplinary aspect of standards can encourage segregation and/or hierarchy between subject areas.
Too many standards […]

Setting up a Classroom: Flexibility

Setting up a Classroom: Flexibility

The learning environment plays a huge role in helping students grow and in cultivating their opinions and confronting them with concepts. It is therefore important that we take pay heed to the different elements involved in setting up a classroom.
In today’s world, a classroom that encourages hands-on experience is an obvious plus. The result, though, […]

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