Science Better: Using Models

Holly StuartBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Teach Further

TL;DR: Models are a great way to determine student understanding of content. Use exemplars to inspire students to do great things. Encourage students to let their passions fuel their creativity, and give them lots of loose parts to experiment with. Provide expectations, but let students determine how they rise to those expectations. Student Designed Models I am big on student … Read More

EdTech Refresh

Danae AckerBlog, Differentiate Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Spring is a great time to think about ways to refresh your classroom. Consider using Google Forms to help with grading. Google Sites can be used to create a testing hub. Flipgrid is a great way to see what students know. Danae joined Rae on the Daily Drop In to talk about tech resources to refresh your teaching. Click … Read More

Graphic Organizers

Holly StuartBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Graphic organizers can increase creativity and can serve as a mastery checkpoint. Graphic organizers can increase understanding of complicated conceptsĀ and are fun to make! I love using graphic organizers in my classroom. The structure and organization provided by a well-crafted graphic organizer can make complicated concepts appear simple. This is important when teaching about science topics that can seem … Read More