What’s the Buzz: Active Learning

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Sometimes, when thinking about educational buzzwords, we only think about student applications.  As a coach, I realize that I need to apply the same concept when working with adults.  Active Learning is a concept that applies when working with adults as well as with children. As educators, we pick up and use buzzwords all the … read more »


What’s the Buzz: Computational Thinking

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When ISTE unveiled the refreshed ISTE Standards for Students in June, there were a number significant changes. The addition of “Computational Thinking” was one of them. I’ve overheard some teachers trying to understand the concept and have come to realize that we’re not all as clear on the concept as we should be.  Some have … read more »


How a Transparent Classroom Leads to More Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences

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One of the big buzzwords from the 2016 elections is transparency. Wikipedia’s definition of transparency is “operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.” We want our candidates to provide any and all information necessary to keep us up to date so that the public has … read more »


What’s the Buzz: Differentiation

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Differentiation is one of those terms that teachers have heard a lot about over the years, but I still hear confusion over the term when I talk to other educators. Depending on their teaching situation, educators can get stuck on a single dimension of differentiation. Some think it means catering to a student’s learning profile … read more »


What’s the Buzz: Personalized Learning

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It’s easy to get terms confused, especially when they sound similar and are closely related.  This is definitely the case with personalized and individualized learning. There are a few distinct differences that should help you remember how the two are very different. Personalized learning is learner centered.  In this highly individualized method, students set their … read more »