How to Help Students Who Fall Between the Cracks

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One of the most heartbreaking conundrums in any teacher’s life is a student who does not quite qualify for special education services, and who is failing or almost failing. Often these are the students who struggle to learn how to read at grade level or succeed at basic math or even develop the necessary school […]

Personalized v. Differentiated Instruction

Personalized learning and differentiated learning are big buzzwords in education right now. Did you think they were the same thing? As more catch phrases, tag lines, and buzzwords get added to the educational world, it’s getting more and more difficult to determine what it all means, and more importantly, how it all applies to our […]

Personalized Learning Through UDL

Personalized Learning and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can feel like new initiatives that are just “one more thing.” When it comes down to it, though, many initiatives fit together nicely and can help support one another. Through working with schools, districts, and teachers I’ve found that when we look at new ideas as something […]

The 1st Truth about Differentiation


In the past, I’ve written several articles about the myths that prevents many teachers from using Differentiation as an integral part of how they meet learner needs. Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths There’s No Time to Differentiate: Myth Busting DI, Part 2 Differentiating is just too difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part III Teachers […]

Why PBL’s Fail, and What You Can Do About It


The Power and Pitfalls of PBL’s Alright, lets just get this part out of the way first: I realize there are drastic differences between project based learning and problem based learning experiences, but for the purpose of this post I am going to hybridize the two concepts because the content of what you are about […]

Google It! – An Easy Collaborative Classroom Activity

Hiya friends! I switched to coffee shop style flexible seating in my chemistry classroom, which means that: Students face each other and not necessarily me or the front of the classroom. I have to be intentional about building collaboration into my lessons and teaching students to collaborate.. I have to change the way I deliver […]

What Learning Should Be

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To create conditions optimum for learning, educators must understand how students learn. Hand in hand with nurturing a growth mindset is the understanding of the role of learning in our lives. Benjamin Barber, a political theorist, once observed:”I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the the successes and the failures. […]

Quick Assessment for Differentiation – A Toolbox


We’ve all been there: the post-observation conference. Much like a job interview, it can be nerve-wracking, especially for new teachers. Much like job interviews, there are a few questions that should be expected. One of those questions is: How did you group the students? This blog post will help you answer this question and look […]

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