9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans : Differentiation

Rae HughartBlog, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Start Here, Teach Further, UDL

9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans - Differentiation

Differentiation is a powerful way to fix your lesson plans. What is differentiation in education? Differentiation simply means tailoring your instruction to meet the individual needs of all your students. A simple definition, but a potentially difficult challenge! Especially when you have 30 students needing 30 different things for each activity – Yikes! But providing differentiated tools can be incredibly … Read More

9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans: Connect your Content

Rae HughartBlog, Lesson Planning

9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans: Connect your Content

Does the content in your lesson plans have meaning? Learning must be a purposeful experience for students. John Dewey, a well known educational philosopher, felt all learning needed to be connected to the outside world. He argued content had little meaning if not connected to its real world application outside of the school system (Dewey, 1900, p.13). Dewey challenged learning … Read More

Motivating Students Through Increased Engagement

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Mastery Learning

Motivating Students Through Increased Engagement

Motivating Students Is Always A Challenge. Motivating students is one of the most elusive and commonly discussed topics during my work with teachers. Many times, the conversation starts with a statement like, “They just won’t do the work,”or, ”I can’t get them motivated.” I’ve said these things myself, and I’m sure you have, too. The common theme in both of … Read More

9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans: Scaffold Student Learning Opportunities

Rae HughartBlog, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Standards-Based Grading, Teach Further

9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans - Scaffold Learning Opportunities

What’s the 3rd way you can fix your lesson plans? Create scaffolded student learning opportunities! Using the Content Break Down discussed in Fix#1, Fix #3 focuses on utilizing scaffolded targets to design meaningful learning opportunities! The most effective way to create strong, scaffolded targets is to utilize Webb’s Depth Of Knowledge (DOK).  DOK allows teachers to build content knowledge in a … Read More