The Flipped Classroom Model: What It Is And How It Works

Posted on September 16, 2020

The Flipped Classroom Model: What It Is And How It Works

What is a Flipped Classroom? The Flipped Classroom is an alternative model of instruction that is gaining attention from educators. According to The Flipped Learning Network, This pedagogical approach moves instruction from a group learning space to an individual learning space. This approach differs from the traditional model of instruction because it reverses the process of instruction and transforms learning into an interactive learning environment that supports active learning.

Tags : Professional Development, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


What is Augmented Reality in Virtual Education?

Posted on September 02, 2020

What is Augmented Reality in Virtual Education?

Just when you think the ways educators can reach students have met its’ threshold, learning finds a way to travel beyond the classroom and come alive right before their eyes! It is a known fact that all educational institutions are open to making learning more engaging for their students, but what better way to ensure the impact of students’ learning experiences than to simulate an experience in the classroom?

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


Be Virtually Inclusive: Do's and Don't For Educators

Posted on August 26, 2020

Be Virtually Inclusive: Do's and Don't For Educators

Schools are rapidly shifting to online learning, at least for now. So that means you are likely to begin the school year much differently than ever before. It’s now time to embrace the season we are in and adapt to new teaching methods. Effective teachers are resilient and therefore capable of creating sustainable online classrooms when they are all in. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that online classrooms may never feel the same as live instruction, but we can do our very best to make our virtual classes come to life.  While planning out your lessons it’s important to consider how you will ensure that your classroom is inclusive and accessible for all learners. While you may be teaching from behind a screen this year, don’t let the screen box in your thinking! Students need to feel a sense of belonging, and they also need to be able to access course materials. What principles of inclusive/ accessible teaching are you drawing upon that will help students feel accepted this year? How will you support them in achieving learning goals while you are teaching them online? Empathy and resilience on the part of both students and instructors will be of the essence. To help guide you toward full inclusion and accessibility with your virtual classroom this week's blog will give you do’s, don’ts, and other simple ways to modify your virtual classroom design to create space that will accommodate learners and inspire them to do their best work. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


Empower Your Classroom: Let's Talk About Assets-Based Instruction

Posted on August 05, 2020

Empower Your Classroom: Let's Talk About Assets-Based Instruction

Let's talk about it! Both assets and deficits have a huge impact on the learning experience. This is the reason both asset-based instruction, and deficit-based instruction have found their way into classroom lesson plans nationwide. Of course, both techniques require teachers to truly KNOW their students' weaknesses, strengths, and more. Who are your students outside of the school walls? What do they love? Where did they come from? What do they fear? All of which are questions that are required with this particular approach. Consequently, teachers benefit a great deal from having quick and intentional conversations with their students. By doing so, you are not only fulfilling the need for students to communicate and articulate their reality but you are also learning more details about who they are. These are important aspects of both asset and deficit-based instruction and they are also what fuels both modes of instruction towards student mastery.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline


What is a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom?

Posted on July 30, 2020

What is a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom?

Are you in search of a fun way to add an animated personal touch to your online classroom? If so, have you ever heard of the virtual Bitmoji Classroom? Most people by now have used Bitmoji's in some way to express feelings or send birthday wishes and other types of greetings and messages to family and friends. How about using the same type of Bitmojo’s in your virtual classroom for back to school? If you’ll be starting off the 2020-2021 year virtually, this is a fun and helpful option for you and your students. The interactive elements of Bitmoji will allow students to click through the Bitmoji to see assignments, documents, and websites. With its ability to digitize the classroom, Virtual Bitmoji classrooms are becoming the next best thing for educators. Educators all over are creating Bitmoji’s for their virtual classrooms that will incorporate animated fun for their students, and in turn, students have a more engaging online classroom experience. With Bitmoji you can even organize the images in your online classroom platform so that they hyperlink out to external sources. This blog will define what a virtual Bitmoji classroom is and provide you with some ideas on where you can go to gather ideas for your virtual classroom. Be sure to check out the link below to watch a youtube video that will show you how to set up your very own Bitmoji Classroom for free. 

Tags : Professional Development, Special Education, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


The 4 Most Frequent Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Posted on July 22, 2020

The 4 Most Frequent Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Student HOTS


The Dilemma Over Block Scheduling Due to Covid-19

Posted on June 10, 2020

The Dilemma Over Block Scheduling Due to Covid-19

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms

Posted on May 27, 2020

Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms

With distance learning being the norm these days there are many questions regarding its effectiveness on student mastery. Many Higher Education Leaders are beginning the discussion around distance learning by asking relevant questions such as, “How are schools going to meet state requirements”, and “Are the students learning the content needed to be successful while taking courses online?” On many occasions these discussions lead to a conversation about the administration of virtual assessments to assess student mastery. Due to COVID-19, a waiver was put in place to alleviate some of the stress that districts might experience when trying to meet state requirements. As stated by the U.S. Department of Education (fact sheet dated March 12, 2020, on Section: 8401 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. & 786)), Secretary Betsy DeVos has the authority to grant a 1-year waiver to schools that apply for the release. A waiver would provide some flexibility to schools, districts, and state public education systems closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic with statutory parameters. 

Tags : Professional Development, Student HOTS


10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Posted on March 18, 2020

10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Everyone may have times when they get in the way of their own success and become their own worst enemy. When they are able to change their mindset they can unlock a whole new world that stops the block that keeps their thinking trapped. A growth mindset is one way that fosters positive development and healthy forward-thinking and refers to how an individual responds to challenges and setbacks. It takes more than motivation or resilience to face challenges in today’s society. 

Tags : Student Engagement, Student HOTS


3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Posted on March 04, 2020

3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Discovering new ways to stretch and connect students thinking in the classroom is key in preparing students for success in the real world. Whether you are teaching students how to infer information, understand facts, or connect them to different concepts, students using Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) are understanding concepts on more advanced levels rather than just memorizing them. This distinguishes critical thinking skills from low-order learning outcomes such as those attained by mere memorization. By doing so, not only are connections made but the material is understood in a way that students can experience a sense of ownership.

Tags : Student HOTS