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Second Chances and Mastering Material

March 12, 2015
Check out this insightful blog post from Ken Halla, a social studies teacher and department chair from Fairfax, VA, on helping students master material  by giving them second chances.  Ken motivates his students by giving them multiple chances to take an assessment again, as well as the opportunity to turn in homework multiple times to improve their grade. The key to this strategy? Using technology to allow more time to work one-on-one with each student. Ken is also the author of Deeper Learning Through Technology: Using the Cloud to Individualize – check out his book here!

Eliminating the Excuse

March 11, 2015
One of the first lessons I got in teaching was to develop strong classroom management procedures so I could spend more time teaching and less time worried about the day to day minutia that can bog a teacher down. For example, I teach my students how to quickly pass out and collect papers—even making it a competition with other classes—so that we don’t waste precious instructional time on administrative tasks.  No confusion, just a smooth, simple procedure. Technology is the same way for me. I develop my resources for the sole purpose of eliminating problems in class: forgetting assignments,...

An Administrator Perspective: Social Media as a Professional Development Tool

March 07, 2015
In my last blog post, I reviewed several lessons that I have learned about maximizing traditional professional development for teachers and administrators. Today, I would like to discuss Lesson 3: Ways in which social media plays a role in expanding access to and opportunities for professional learning. Lesson 3: Becoming a connected educator, teacher or administrator, is an invaluable professional development strategy that should be encouraged. Let’s be honest for a minute here, for most of us, moving toward technology rich environments in our schools is new territory. There may be only...

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