Friday, December 7, 2012

Making the Transition to Common Core

Here's an interesting article about how to prepare for, and execute, the transition to common core standards.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-map-backwards-jay-mctighe-grant-wiggins

Friday, October 26, 2012

Continual Improvement - Cont'd

Data, data, data! There's so many different types of data that is useful for guiding instruction and evaluating learning. Often times, people think of STAR or some other form of standardized summative assessment when they here the word "data." Though useful, powerful information is gathered in other ways too that really give a personalized look at student learning and what additional support they may need. Recently, a thoughtful group of teachers who have been hard at work integrating their subject areas have developed rubrics to assess student's learning of the essential questions embedded within their thematic instruction - great stuff! It's not just about percentages and grades - it's about assessing skill and understanding! Here's a recent article I found about the topic - thank goodness for Twitter.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/10/25/data-its-more-than-test-scores/

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mobile Devices and BYOD

Mobile devices - laptops, tablets, iPods, etc. help to make teaching and learning accessible and powerful in so many ways in the classroom. As schools, including ours, begin to include a Bring Your Own Device model to support a blended environment in the classroom, I think we'll see even more, and better, outcomes as students and teachers have access on demand. Here's a link to a good guide about mobile devices and their uses for learning.

http://www.edutopia.org/mobile-devices-learning-resource-guide