5 Tools to Introduce Augmented Reality

Mason NicholsBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: 5 tools to introduce augmented reality include Merge Cubes, Boddle Learning, RakugakiAR, ARpedia, and SkyView. Start slow when it comes to using augmented reality in the classroom. Make sure any tools you use are aligned with the state standards, are safe for all students, and are appropriate for the grade level. Using augmented reality allows students to think creatively, … Read More

5 Resources to Get ELA Students Ready for Testing Season

Meghan WellsBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Prepare ELA students for testing season by using Everyday Edits, CommonLit, Newsela, Wonderopolis, and NoRedInk. You can use these resources in your classroom as soon as tomorrow. 5 Resources to Get ELA Students Ready for Testing Season So here we are. It is the beginning of the dreaded testing season. We all need a vacation from our vacation. For … Read More

Eat Better – Grilled Cheese vs. Standards and Rubrics

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Grilled cheese has many variations. Consider standards-based grading in education and the use of rubrics in assessment, grading, and reporting. When designing a rubric, be sure to stay focused on what you want students to know or be able to do. Resist the urge to add criteria that do not relate to the task. Grilled Cheese vs. Standards and … Read More

Learnability: Consumption, Creation, and Contribution

Steven WeberBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Learnability may be at the top of the list of skills high school graduates need. Consider what every student should know and be able to do when developing curriculum and standards. Be careful not to just cover the unit plan or standards without considering the student evidence that demonstrates learning. It is important that students are provided opportunities to … Read More

Special Education Support in a Grid Classroom

Meghan PahlkeBlog, Differentiate Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Reflect Better

TL:DR: The Grid Method can be effective with all students, including those with IEPs. When building a Grid, be proactive in making accommodations ahead of time. Both the general education teacher and the special education teacher have an equal role in the classroom. At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, my general education co-teacher and I were ready to … Read More