Archive for the ‘Differentiation’ Category

UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Teacher Appraisal Systems

In this blog series we’ve shared information about how UDL provides a framework for focusing instruction on learner variability, ways that planning with UDL can optimize student learning, and where UDL is mentioned in federal laws and plans. But what about teacher appraisal; how do the UDL guidelines connect to T-TESS? This short video uses […]

Ways to Instantly Use Primary Sources

AUTHOR: Courtney Webster, Social Studies Specialist Primary resources prove the details of our existence. Without them, historians would not be able to research the past.  Primary documents are used by those who want to understand the person, the place or the event to verify or determine what happened.  History if taught with fidelity can be […]

Harnessing the Power of the Productive Struggle | Edutopia

Emely, a second grade girl in a pink sweatshirt, with wisps of brown hair framing her face, sits at her desk, her body poised in concentration over a small personal whiteboard. She looks at the classroom board, her eyes moving slowly over the words of a problem that her teacher projected there as the students […]

Instruction from the Student Point of View

Author: Cynthia Holcomb, Education Specialist: Elementary Science In October of 2014 I read an article published online by the Washington Post. The title grabbed my attention: “Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns.”  The author, Valerie Strauss, reported how passive her role had been in the learning process […]

English Language Learners as Writers

Author: Dana Ellis, Write for Texas Instructional Coach According to school accountability data tables, students who are limited English proficient typically struggle in mastering writing skills behind their native English speaking peers. In some ways, this reality is not wholly unpredictable. After all, it takes both knowledge of a language and time experimenting with it […]

Formative Assessment in Science: Three Big Ideas

Author: Cynthia Holcomb, Education Specialist, Elementary Science It’s a hot topic: Formative Assessment. Every resource will define it for you in basically the same way: formative assessment is for learning while summative assessment is of learning. But in plain language, formative assessment is an activity in which students share their developing ideas while the learning is […]

Something to Ponder: Letter of the Week

Author(s): School Ready Team While there is universal agreement that the ability to identify letters and sounds is essential for reading success, educators differ in the way they teach these skills.  A common approach is “Letter of the Week.” This method generally involves introducing one letter per week through several whole group lessons. Children sing […]

What to Look for on Pre-K Classroom Walk-Throughs

Author:  School Ready Team Are your Pre-K classes “kid ready”?  Here is a quick list of 5 things to look for.        

Preschool Workshop Opportunity!

Circle Time Upgrade- Make it and Take it! (FA1326821) October 2, 9am-4pm Who:  PPCD, PreK, Headstart and all other early childhood educators Get your teachers registered, for this full day workshop including a half day of make and take! Materials will…

What Does Differentiation Look Like?

Melanie Castellow, Curriculum Director at La Grange ISD, shares her perspective on the look and feel of a differentiated classroom during our Perspectives on Inclusion panel at the Leadership Network Conference.

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