Just in Time: Formative Assessments

Formative assessments are a key component of grounding students in 21st century skills. By providing feedback while students are learning instead of waiting until the end of a lesson or term, learners can recognize what they are and aren’t unders…

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Designing learning with the reflection of assessment in mind.

How many of us have looked at a lesson after one of those days in the classroom only to wonder why it was so difficult to get the students to engage in the learning? I can think of several lessons that I thought would be engaging and exciting for my learners and felt the let… Continue reading Designing learning with the reflection of assessment in mind.

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Digital Collaboration in a Pre-Service College Classroom

Paul Solarz from Learn Like a PiRATE said: “Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing ourselves.” If we are encouraging a mindset of questioning in our students, then as teachers should we also collaborate and question ourselves and our instructional practices? (Spoiler: YES!) My current students are service-learning tutors who… Continue reading Digital Collaboration in a Pre-Service College Classroom

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Knowledge construction in the technology-enhance science classroom with Nearpod

In today’s science classroom, students and teachers have access to more knowledge construction tools than ever before. How can teachers leverage tools to support science students in their process of knowledge construction? Nearpod is one tech tool that covers a lot of bases and is worth a shot for teachers in technology-enhanced classrooms who are looking … Continue reading “Knowledge construction in the technology-enhance science classroom with Nearpod”

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Supporting engagement through note-taking

The subskill as a key to cognitive autonomy: How can note-taking support metacognitive engagement with a research task? This post is about a deceptively simple concept, note-taking. Or, rather, it is about teaching students to take notes. This post is about how achieving poor outcomes … Continue readingSupporting engagement through note-taking

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Module 1 EDTC 6104: Engagement is Important, but Mindfulness is more in Teacher Professional Development

  “Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side.  Many racehorse trainers believe these keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds. […]

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