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Time is Precious, Lesson Plan for Multiple Purposes

We all dread the four letter word of education: TIME! I want to talk a little today about how you can get more out of your time with your kids, how to plan to hit multiple skills and domains at once.

This post is the start of a series of posts that I have in mind, on how you can multiply the number of skills that you are working on with your kids as you plan for lessons. I am going to make a few assumptions:
You believe that you are teacher of the whole child, not just your content area. (If you don't believe this please take some time to evaluate your position!)You believe that all skills, like content, can and should be taught. It is our job to teach these skills in school, for example the 4 Cs (you know the 4 Cs, right? 😏, just in case they are listed below.)CommunicationCollaborationCritical ThinkingCreation Let's say you want your kids to do a research project. When lesson planning you could simply through a rubric together or find one online, hand it out to the kids, and…
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Blogging and Growth Mindset, More Connected Than You Think.

This morning has been about Growth Mindset and blogging. The two go hand in hand... stick with me.

Growth Mindset is all about the idea that we do not contain a fixed set of abilities, talents, and intelligences. Growth Mindset is really the idea that we can develop abilities, talents, and intelligences by dedicating time to solid and mindful practice.

Blogging is all about developing the ability to create a voice as a writer, content to share, putting together a message that connects with others, and connecting to others through the blog. Many of the things that take place through a blog do not happen over night. You can start a blog and write your first post within minutes of each other, sure. It takes time to develop a voice, find your niché, evolve your interest, and most importantly connect with others that can embolden and/or challenge your potential.

Blogging and Growth Mindset have a huge place in education and can have a reciprocal relationship! This mindset and activity get …

Classroom Benefits to Screencasting

Screencasting is the effort of recording your device's screen while narrating the actions taking place on the screen, similar to a think aloud while reading a book. Screencasting is a great way for you to transform your learning environment regardless of subject!
Benefits of Screencast: Frees you as the facilitator to guide learners that may need additional support or enhance content for those that need pushed!Could be used to flip the learning environment. Screencast the lesson ahead of time, post the video to the LMS, and have learners watch it the night before to come to class prepared for a project or class discussion. It can be used as a formative/summative assessment tool!It supports to the Rotational Model, mentioned in this post, as a portion of the Independent stations. You could have your learners create screencasts demonstrating their learning of a process, making their learning visible to you and the other learners within the class!We can also reach that Redefinition l…

Rotational Model of Hybrid Learning

In my local IU there has been a lot of discussion about the Rotational Model of Hybrid Instruction. I like the model! In this model the class is split within three groups, helping to differentiate for individual needs, where there are 3 stations within the classroom: Teacher Led, Collaboration station, and Independent Work station. Here is a fantastic EdSurge article on the model. It's also outlined in the video below. 



I came across an article on the model that I liked which provides additional options for the the rotational model on top of the Teacher Led/Collaboration/Independent. You can find the article at this link. 

I like that the additional models discussed in the article, such as the “Lab Rotation” may be able to meet additional needs that some learners have such as need for repeated exposure or hearing topics in more than one way, as well as possibility for assessment within the rotation. 


Let’s say you use the Lab Rotation model for a day, a learner that requires multiple…

Student Engagement

There are so many ways and tools out there right now that aim to increase student engagement during a lesson, of course the topic and content have to be high quality for any of them to even stand a chance of working! Below I'll outline a few different tools that can assist with student engagement, once you've got the relationships with kids and content in place.

Google Slides Q & A:

When you start your next slide presentation, consider using Google Slides with the new(ish) Q & A feature. Google has baked a back channel directly in to your Google Slides, which can be used as collaborative notes, a parking lot, or just a space for learners to put their questions while you are presenting. Once the Q & A has be used you can choose to keep the back channel when doing your next presentation or begin a new one! It's a great way to produce conversations around the topic you are presenting!

EdPuzzle: If you don't like the traditional slides approach to presenting and …

Bringing it all together

I know most of you have likely seen the graphic of coffee and SAMR, created by Kathy Schrock, that is widely circulated around the internet. I've decided to put my own spin on the concept. I love music, as well as coffee, but I think the analogy below is apt for what technology can do for classrooms and has also done for the music industry. (I should also mention that I happen to love and collect analog music, especially vinyl, so no hate in the comments about the comeback of analog music. I am single-handedly trying to buy enough records to make the comeback myself!)

We are currently in the renaissance of doing the work of changing school to a customized, personalized space just like as the music industry has evolved over the course of years past. A playlist is a great analogy for how things could look for our kids in the future of schools. The ability to pick and choose courses based on competencies vs prescribed tracks as we've seen in the past is a real possibility. Accele…

Blogs as Learning Portfolios

This week I had the privilege of attending the Mid-Atlantic Personalize Learning Conference. There were a lot of inspiring people doing great things for kids and adults in their learning environment one of which was the amazing George Couros, which performed Wednesday's Keynote and a breakout session. Below is one of George's TED talks for your enjoyment:


During his breakout session George talked about helping our kids (and ourselves) create a positive digital footprint. He noted that as the person in charge of hiring for his district that if an applicant didn't have a positive digital footprint they went in the piles of applications he would NOT consider for the job. This is a critical learning for all educators because if we aren't helping our kids create that positive digital footprint we are leaving it up to chance that all our and our learner's hard work will reach it's potential. I don't know about you, but I don't like to leave things up to chanc…