Designing Assessments According to Learning Styles

Sanam EdwardsBlog, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: Assessments should be conveyed in various forms appropriate for each student. Getting to know your students is imperative before beginning to design assessments. Designing Assessments According to Learning Styles We are witnessing an age of radical education where teachers are collectively raising their voices to advocate for our students’ benefit. They cry out for transformation, hungry for more autonomy … Read More

Redefining Personalization as a Pedagogy for Humanization

Paul FranceBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: Personalized learning can ensure equitable learning in classrooms. We must reframe personalization not as a pedagogy of individualization, but as a pedagogy for humanization and connectedness. If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that the primary purpose of personalization is to ensure equitable learning in our classrooms. We know full well that students come into our classrooms as unique … Read More

Envisioning a “New Normal”

Brandi KellyBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Blended learning promotes student ownership and helps to address the needs of different styles of learners. A successful example of blended learning at Sangamon Valley Middle School offers the best of both worlds. The shortcomings vs. benefits of blended learning are explored. Envisioning a New Normal: Imagine the Possibilities The pandemic has created a great deal of angst for … Read More

Better Than YouTube – Rae Hughart TEDxNormal

Rae HughartBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Video(s)

Video Highlights: Rae shares the importance of teachers in the classroom. Teachers are better than YouTube—they can foster discussion, facilitate reflection, and ensure learning is not only consumed but experienced. Teachers can ask deeper questions and follow up with personalized feedback. [scroll down to keep reading] About Rae Hughart Rae Hughart is a Middle-Level Math Educator in Illinois, the Chief … Read More

The Teacher’s Role in the Grid Method

Meghan HoseyBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: One teacher’s experience using the grid method. A focused look at the role of the teacher in the grid method. “So you don’t really teach anymore.”  “The students teach themselves.” “When will I get to see you teach?”  In implementing the grid method, I’ve heard them all and I’ve heard them a lot.  So what is teaching and what … Read More