Archive for the ‘Instruction’ Category

What are Learning Intentions and Success Criteria?

You might have heard the term “learning intentions” thrown around a lot on your campus. It’s one of those terms that’s used a lot but often not implemented in the best possible way. Learning intentions are statements that are created by the teacher, and describe clearly what they want their students to know, understand, and […]

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5 Mindframes for Teacher Clarity

In their book 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning,  John Hattie and Klaus Zierer provide a list of mindframes for educators that provide teacher clarity. Teacher clarity is all about narrowing and focusing your activities. It happens when teachers cut away the aspects of instruction that don’t really help their students learn and instead identify the […]

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Don’t Miss this Beat the Heat Line Up!

Beat the Heat 2019 is almost here!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities. Don’t m…

How Universal Design for Learning Works

We’ve written previously about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how it’s a framework that takes all of your diverse learners’ needs into account when creating a curriculum. However, designing a curriculum that’s universal can be tricky. After all, no two students are exactly alike, and in a diverse classroom, the task of creating an […]

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What Is Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing your instruction based on principles that allow all of your students to have access to the general curriculum. Every classroom is full of diverse students with their own unique learning styles. You might have a student who speaks two languages, a student who loves to […]

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Two Ways to Beat the Heat: In Person & Online! Register Now…

Beat the Heat 2019 is just around the corner!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities.  C…

STAARtling Teacher Hacks in Preparation for STAAR Online

Here are four cool things teachers and administrators have been doing to help students feel better prepared for STAAR Online: Print a poster-size picture from the Educator Guide to Accessibility within the STAAR Program (like the image below) to make e…

Preparing Your Students for STAAR Online During Classroom Instruction: Easy Peasy!

You’ve determined that STAAR Online will best match the accommodations your student receives in class that have been successful. You’ve provided your student time to take the STAAR tutorials and practice tests, and even helped personalize s…

Benefits of STAAR Online Versus Paper

If your instruction looks like this (and we know for many students it does)… …then your student(s) should be taking STAAR online! Why? Because these supports are only available in the STAAR Online Content and Language Supports. Sure, you mi…

Are Your Students Taking STAAR Online?

If so, it’s important that they familiarize themselves with the online testing environment and embedded tools. One great way to do this is to use the STAAR Online Features & Supports Checklist while completing the STAAR online tutorials and practic…

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