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The Flipped Classroom: Turning the Traditional Classroom on its Head

Infographic. Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. Find out what it is and why everyone's talking about it.

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia

Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling product that demonstrates their understanding of a concept.

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6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL (Universal Design for Learning)

6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL (Universal Design for Learning) | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
Universal Design for Learning can make your lessons more accessible and your lesson-planning more fun.

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Although this uses the old Bloom's taxonomy, there are still some good questions and activity ideas.

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Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

A team of historians have been trying to solve some historical "cold cases" -- old crimes in which the guilty ones walked, and even more insidious crimes where a whole village may have been complicit. There are other mysteries too, about unusual cases from the Viking age to the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Engaging Students Through Effective Questions | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Engaging Students Through Effective Questions | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

In what ways might questioning techniques improve student learning? What kinds of questions enable educators to tap into different parts of the cognitive domain? How can questions engage students when their attention begins to wander? Many questions at the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy – particularly knowledge and comprehension – are closed-ended questions. Higher order reasoning, such as synthesis and evaluation, is stimulated through the use of open-ended questions. Asking an open-ended question is a way to elicit discussion, brainstorm solutions to a problem, or create opportunities for thinking outside the box. The highest-order open-ended questions engage students in dynamic thinking and learning, where they must synthesize information, analyze ideas, and draw their own conclusions, preparing them for the larger community, where few issues are black-and-white. Adolescents need to become critical thinkers, find their own voice, and be recognized for having opinions that matter.

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Wonderopolis | Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease

Wonderopolis | Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
Explore. Imagine. Laugh. Share. Create. Learn. Smile. Grow.

Welcome to Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.

Wonder is for everyone. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, we pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways. Our approach both informs and encourages new questions, sparking new paths of wonder and discovery in family and classroom settings.

 

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Teaching Students to Ask their Own Questions

Teaching Students to Ask their Own Questions | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

Question Formulation Technique

Produce Your Questions
Four essential rules for producing your own questions:
• Ask as many questions as you can.
• Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.
• Write down every question exactly as it is stated.
• Change any statement into a question.

Improve Your Questions
• Categorize the questions as closed- or open-ended.
• Name the advantages and disadvantages of each type of question.
• Change questions from one type to another.

Prioritize the Questions
• Choose your three most important questions.
• Why did you choose these three as the most important?

Next Steps
• How are you going to use your questions?

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Questioning is central to engagement and deeper learning...

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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In Genius Hour, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result. As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning.


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José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, October 2, 9:06 AM

 Mais um novo método para tornar a aprendizagem um processo apaixonante e descobridor de talentos.

nicolaperry's curator insight, October 5, 1:54 AM

Great idea. An hour a week but over time will build confidence and independence.

Fran Bozarth's curator insight, November 6, 12:23 PM

the educational anarchist i me love this.

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Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:The Right Questions

Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:The Right Questions | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

We first became interested in the potential of questions two decades ago, when we heard from parents in a low-income community in Massachusetts that they were not participating in their children's education because they "didn't even know what to ask." This insight—that the inability to formulate questions can be a significant obstacle to effective participation—has guided our work ever since. We have researched, developed, and tested methods for teaching the skill of question formulation in the simplest way possible to a wide range of audiences, including residents in homeless shelters, patients in community health centers, participants in adult literacy classes, and Harvard University graduate students.

These years of research and refinement led to a protocol—the Question Formulation Technique—that makes it possible for anyone, no matter their level of income or education, to learn how to produce and improve their own questions and then strategize on how to use them.

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daretodifferentiate - home

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Tom Perran's curator insight, September 21, 9:28 AM

Excellent resource for the what, why and how of differentiation

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To Improve Student Performance, Start Thinking Like a Coach

To Improve Student Performance, Start Thinking Like a Coach | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make. I was wrong. You see, I once thought that teaching was lecturing, and I thought that because that is how my graduate mentors taught me to teach.

But I was wrong. Studies have shown that lecturing has little to do with teaching. A University of Maryland study found that right after a physics lecture, almost none of the students could answer the question: “What was the lecture you just heard about?” Another physics professor simply asked students about the material that he had presented only 15 minutes earlier, and he found that only ten percent showed any sign of remembering it (Freedman, 2012).
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Virtual Learning Network: UDL links and resources

Virtual Learning Network: UDL links and resources | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
And from the VLN Universal Design for Learning group - more fab resources #UDL #hackyrclass http://t.co/zIe2vikvjM

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

 

Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 11, 6:48 PM

These teaching and learning assessment strategies can be adapted to fit within your learning environment.

Juan Legarda's curator insight, February 12, 6:22 PM

Learning Styles and Assessment:

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, February 13, 5:28 AM

Option 1: Open-Book & Take-Home Tests

 

Option 2: Student-Made Tests

 

How My Students Create And Study For Their Own Exams

This is the process I use for student-created math final exams in my classroom. Your process may differ depending on grade level, content area, or other local concerns.

I give the structure for the tests students are required to create such as, “Include 15 calculations and 5 word problems with 2 from each of the 10 subsections of the chapter”I make a copy of each test and change the numbers, but not the structure of the equations. They knew I would do this and that the numbers will be different than the ones they usedStudents are assigned homework to make practice tests on their own, using the template of the test they created and changing the numbers themselvesIn class, for further review, students exchange their practice tests with partners for study and to the confirm accuracy of their answers (as I don’t have an answer key to all of their self-created tests)

Option 3: The Complexity & Diversity Of Project-Based Learning

Option 4: Written Response–Or Rather, The Pre-Writing

Option 5: Ask A Question


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A Must See Graphic on How to Do Research ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Graphic on How to Do Research ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
A Must See Graphic on How to Do Research ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/BnB8xqPP9Q

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Great Teacher-tested Games to Engage Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Teacher-tested Games to Engage Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
Games can be fun and addicting. Well-designed educational games can make the act of learning just as fun and addicting. Here are some teacher-tested games to engage your learners and get them craving more. Parents may like these for holiday enrichment too.

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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, December 8, 6:06 AM

añada su visión ...

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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Infographics

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Infographics | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
Infographics are a visual representation of data. When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. This page includes links to help you develop formative or summative assessments that have students creating infographics to showcase their mastery of knowledge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 8:24 PM

Here's a treasure trove of expertly curated resources about Infographics.  Thanks Kathy!

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 5, 2:24 PM

I agree that infographics can convey a lot; I need to learn to make them.  

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10 Ways to Get Student-Centered Learning Right

10 Ways to Get Student-Centered Learning Right | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

If there’s been a single educational buzzword with traction over the past few years, “student-centered learning” certainly tops the charts. From the TED stage to experimental classrooms, an increasing number of thought leaders, schools and teachers are advocating a handover of the learning experience to the students who must do the learning.


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FILLING THE TOOL BOX

Most of the strategies described (here) have been developed and tested by teachers in Princeton, Madison and elsewhere. They are offered as practical, effective activities that help shift the focus of classrooms from teacher orchestrated mastery and memory of information to student processing of information to create understanding and improve problem-solving.

 

As one of the primary goals of education is to develop autonomous but interdependent thinkers, students deserve frequent opportunities to shape and direct classroom inquiry. To fuel this inquiry, it is also essential that we validate the importance of curiosity in the process of learning. While curiosity may have killed the cat, there is no reason for us to kill curiosity.

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Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
Author Kevin Washburn looks at curiosity and how to inspire it in students through the questions we ask them.
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Differentiated Instruction and Adaptive Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Differentiated Instruction and Adaptive Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
The Differentiated Instruction and Adaptive Learning Infographic provides an overview of what differentiated instruction is all about and shows ways new adaptive learning technology can help teachers differentiate their instruction.
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Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat? - The Hechinger Report

Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat? - The Hechinger Report | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

The notion of leveling was introduced by psychologist and reading specialist Emmett Betts in 1946. In a book published that year, Betts instructed teachers to select texts that students could read with relative ease, and to avoid assigning “frustration-level texts.” His approach has proved remarkably durable, as the shelves full of leveled-reader series like Step Into Reading and DK Readers in any school library demonstrate.

But digital programs like Newsela (the name is a combination of “news” and “ELA,” or English Language Arts) are shaking up the familiar world of the leveled reader. Dan Cogan-Drew, a cofounder of Newsela and its chief product officer, explained in an interview some of the novel features his program brings to leveling.

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The Brain of a Struggling Reader Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The Brain of a Struggling Reader Infographic explains how brain differences play a crucial role in children’s literacy development.
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Twenty terrible reasons for lecturing

The dominant teaching method in many Universities is still lecturing. and the ratio of lectures to all other teaching methods can be as high as 2:1 and occasionally no teaching method other than lecturing is used at all.

Is this reliance on lecturing an effective way for Universities to achieve the educational objectives they set themselves? Is this reliance on lecturing an efficient use of the lecturer's time and energy and of students' time and energy? Does it give students a rich and rewarding educational experience?

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If this position is research supported in post-secondary, can it be effective in K-12?

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Left Vs Right Brain in Which Side are Teachers ? ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Left Vs Right Brain in Which Side are Teachers ? ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it

The human brain is a mysterious entity that scientists have been exploring for decades particulalry since the 1950s. Among the early pioneers in brain study were scientists Michael Gazzaniga and Roger Sperry whose hemispheric experiments paved the way for some amazing discoveries in cognitive science.However, now with the advance of technology it becomes way easier to study the brain than ever before , Howard Gardner and Daniel Goleman are the guys to turn to for some recent researches in this field.


I know we are teachers and not cognitive scientists but I think that a basic knowledge about our brain, how it works, and how it develops could help us understand our kids and students learning behaviours and therefore cater more effectively to their learning needs. Just very briefly,here are some very interesting brain facts I found on Jump Start, the original article has more facts but I selected just the most interesting

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Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs!

Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs! | Differentiated Instruction | Scoop.it
  Need some extra verbs? Here you go!           ~Mia

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Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer's curator insight, July 31, 4:52 PM

Nice graphic of Blooms

Ryan Sines's curator insight, September 2, 1:08 PM

Visual reminder to ask high order thinking questions and tasks of students.

Paul Hobcraft's curator insight, September 3, 3:00 AM

Nice way of presenting this- could work for lots of different prompters