The school closures this spring, along with the national efforts to deliver instruction online, has certainly challenged all stakeholders. There have been successes: implementing new technologies, a renewed focus on instructional and social-emotional priorities, creative lessons/projects, and increased parent engagement. Naturally, there have been potential pitfalls: technology access inequities, delivery of additional services such […]
[…] and is empowered to discover and pursue the career path that best fits his or her interests, capabilities and goals. Utilizing education technology to personalize and differentiate instruction Everyone likes to talk about personalized learning that is focused on a student’s goals, but how do you expose kids to these things when their worlds […]
Deeper learning isn’t found within the practice of project-based instruction, personalized instruction or competency-based instruction but how the learner applies that instruction.
[…] approaches. Tiered systems of support and intervention such as Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) were developed to introduce achievable levels of differentiated support (e.g. 3 tiers) within the constraints of the industrial paradigm. Response to Intervention is a multi-tier approach and framework for instruction that screens all students for […]
[…] keeping students and staff safe for the remainder of the school year and launched their “Return to Learn” website to explain their intent to provide “the best instructional environment for your child/children (in-person, remote, or Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy (CRVA) based on the choices offered by the district.” Pre-COVID, the district was projecting 250 […]
[…] anywhere there’s a signal. Teachers recognize the power of the medium to engage their learners, but they know all video is not the same, nor are the instructional practices that surround it, so unpacking the ways in which teachers are utilizing video helps us be more deliberate in leveraging the medium in the future. […]
[…] this method, it was sometimes difficult to provide that individual correction in a discreet way, as they would in the classroom. Also, there were fewer opportunities for differentiated instruction. Think about the small groups and independent centers that are typical in a class. Typically, teachers can multi-task and lead small group reading sessions while monitoring […]
[…] One, working together with parents to help students to stay engaged, and two, school districts must support teachers, especially in the implementation of technology and providing high-quality instruction. Six key trends There were six key trends that parents and educators found to be the most important. 1. High-quality teaching is essential to have high-quality […]
Consider what remote instruction might look like in a rural, high-poverty district that set personalized expectations for each student, monitored their growth and engagement, and not only encouraged ongoing feedback but also stressed the need for educators to maintain a safe and supportive learning community.
[…] instruction dominates the delivery system. Prescribed programs and textbooks drive instruction. Instruction is balanced (students must first understand, then apply in real-life situations whenever possible). Instruction is differentiated, thus meeting individual students at the point of their needs and interests. The needs of all students are met resulting in more efficient and effective learning […]