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One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation. When I train teachers on blended learning, I am often asked, “Is this the right way to do this?”

One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

My response is always the same, “There are lots of variations on each blended learning model. They are constantly evolving. You need to make the models work for you and your students.” Even though people try to pin down the various blended learning models with specific definitions, they are really just a starting place. There is no right or wrong. I love to share the different ways I am modifying the Station Rotation Model to work for me and my students. For example, if students are working on annotating and analyzing a text, I’ll pull an article from Newsela or Smithsonian Tween Tribune that is written at different Lexile levels and assign different groups easier or more challenging reading based on their reading level.

Hopefully, this is a strategy other teachers can employ when attempting to differentiate instruction or practice in a class with a wide range of skill levels. 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies by TeachThought Staff For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective instructional strategies or any other topic your school or district might need, contact us today.

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Student-centered teaching is teaching designed for the student. This means that planning often begins with the student in mind as opposed to a school policy or curriculum artifact, for example. Done well, it can disarm some of the more intimidating parts of academia, while also shortening the distance between the student and understanding. Put another way, student-centered teaching is teaching that is ‘aware’ of students and their needs above and beyond anything else. This isn’t as simple as it sounds, especially without shifting one’s mindset towards that approach. Let us know in the comments which are your favorites, or any good ones you think Mia might have missed. Uk.businessinsider. Flickr / woodleywonderworks Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago.


In fact it is more like first grade. Researchers have demonstrated that 5-year-olds are spending more time engaged in teacher-led academic learning activities than play-based learning opportunities that facilitate child-initiated investigations and foster social development among peers. As a former kindergarten teacher, a father of three girls who've recently gone through kindergarten, and as researcher and teacher-educator in early childhood education, I have had kindergarten as a part of my adult life for almost 20 years.

As a parent, I have seen how student-led projects, sensory tables (that include sand or water) and dramatic play areas have been replaced with teacher-led instructional time, writing centers, and sight words lists that children need to memorize. So, why does this matter? All work, and almost no play First, let's look at what kindergarten looks like today. Icebreakers that Rock. Professional Development: What should it look like? – Thinking Mathematically. A few weeks ago Michael Fenton asked on his blog this question: Suppose a teacher gets to divide 100% between two categories: teaching ability and content knowledge.

Professional Development: What should it look like? – Thinking Mathematically

What’s the ideal breakdown? The question sparked many different answers that showed a very wide range of thinking, from 85%/15% favouring content, to 100% favouring pedagogy. In general though, it seems that more leaned toward the pedagogy side than the content side. While each response articulated some of their own experiences or beliefs, I wonder if we are aware of just how much content and pedagogical knowledge we come into this conversation with, and whether or not we have really thought about what each entails? What is Content Knowledge? To many, the idea of content knowledge is simple. Connectedness – the teacher feels that it is necessary to emphasize and make explicit connections among concepts and procedures that students are learning. Basic Ideas – PUFM teachers stress basic ideas and attitudes in mathematics.

FYC2. 101 Tips. Section7. Instructional Strategies List July 2015. 101 tips. Summarizing strategies. 11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading. Round Robin Reading (RRR) has been a classroom staple for over 200 years and an activity that over half of K-8 teachers report using in one of its many forms, such as Popcorn Reading.

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

RRR's popularity endures, despite overwhelming criticism that the practice is ineffective for its stated purpose: enhancing fluency, word decoding, and comprehension. Cecile Somme echoes that perspective in Popcorn Reading: The Need to Encourage Reflective Practice: "Popcorn reading is one of the sure-fire ways to get kids who are already hesitant about reading to really hate reading. " Facts About Round Robin Reading In RRR, students read orally from a common text, one child after another, while the rest of the class follows along in their copies of the text. Several spinoffs of the technique offer negligible advantages over RRR, if any. Why all the harshitude?

Stigmatizes poor readers. 11 Better Approaches 1. 2. Two-person student teams alternate reading aloud, switching each time there is a new paragraph. Strategies. Instructional Strategies. InstructionalStrategiesActivities.