Monthly Archives: April 2014

How Adaptive Learning Can Improve Your Classroom

What is adaptive learning? Adaptive learning refers to instruction that is based on a student’s progress. It is educational technology that adjusts the type and difficulty of instructional material to make it specific to a student’s performance level. For example, a reading program may give different tracks for students based on each individual’s lexile level.…

Friday Bulletin Board: Tool’s “46 and 2” by Middle School Students

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYKLvYGqaC0] Aaron O’Keefe, a music teacher at Loveland Music Academy, upped his student engagement game in a very cool way. Mr. O’Keefe injected relevancy into his music lessons by having his students cover the song “46 and 2” by Tool. Round of applause for Aaron O’Keefe’s creativity and the great example of getting his…

How Tracking Student Data Improves Teaching Practices

  Guest Post: Holly Walsh, Common Core Resources Associate, The Achievement Network Holly is a former teacher and now works as a Common Core Resources Associate at The Achievement Network. She is also a Teach for America alumna and Corps Member Adviser at TFA’s teacher training Institute where she led instructional sessions on the why…

ProTip Wednesday: 8 Ways to Make Students Care

“Why do I have to learn this?” “When are we ever going to use this in real life?” Building real-world relevancy to answer that big why question is something that all teachers grapple with. Why should students care about the Pythagorean Theorem or learn how to create a stem and leaf plot? Establishing the connection…