6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

By Tom Driscoll (@Mr_Driscoll) A foundational piece of any learner-centered approach involves gaining a deeper understanding of our students. We know that learner variability exists, and research suggests it is growing in classrooms across the nation. It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all … Continue reading 6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

Can SEL Spark the Shift to Student Agency?

BY TOM DRISCOLL (@Mr_Driscoll – Digital Learning Director @BWRSD) As referenced in a prior post, emerging student-centered instructional models attempt to shift much of the ownership and control (agency) of the learning process over to students.  Whether it is an approach that customizes the student’s path and pace through the curriculum, or is an inquiry-based environment that has students … Continue reading Can SEL Spark the Shift to Student Agency?

Learner Variability:  The Why of Personalized Learning

BY TOM DRISCOLL (@Mr_Driscoll – Digital Learning Director @BWRSD) Over the past few years, in several different roles, I have researched and experimented with various frameworks and approaches to Personalized Learning.  Despite the vast amount of resources out there that describe what personalized learning is and how to implement it, it is often difficult to find quality research … Continue reading Learner Variability:  The Why of Personalized Learning

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion

BY TOM DRISCOLL (@Mr_Driscoll - Digital Learning Director @BWRSD) Although Personalized Learning has gained considerable traction in education, there is still much confusion and, at times, heated debate regarding what this set of ideas actually means and looks like in practice.  Fortunately, there has been a relative convergence of key concepts and essential components of … Continue reading Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion

Reflecting on Writing Using Seesaw

By Renee MacDougall and Kelly Brum This year we started to feel like we, the teachers, were doing all the heavy lifting during our writing conferences with students. So when it was time to begin a new unit on opinion writing, we decided to try to shift more of the responsibility to our students. (making … Continue reading Reflecting on Writing Using Seesaw

Personalizing Instruction in the K Classroom

By Kelly Servant (@servantk1) Using Seesaw in the classroom has helped students, their families and myself to easily look at students' growth over time.  Students are able to choose work that they are proud of (wow work) to put into their portfolio. As the year progresses, the students and their families are able see how … Continue reading Personalizing Instruction in the K Classroom

Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

By Chelsea Leach (@leach_theteach) Thinking is an amazing thing. It gives us a chance to organize our experiences, to go back and reflect, or to be mindful. It is an undeniably powerful tool and a fundamental building block of learning. Thinking creates a pathway to knowledge, allowing us to seek solutions and solve problems. Though … Continue reading Design Thinking in the Classroom (Part 1)

Digital Literacy & Citizenship: Hugh Cole School Project

By Susan Castigliego (@SusanCast7) During the winter, I facilitated a school wide project that integrates technology with our core curriculum. I took this on as an initiative to build our community at Hugh Cole and it is something I did for the students to help with digital literacy and digital citizenship. This is how it … Continue reading Digital Literacy & Citizenship: Hugh Cole School Project

5th Grade Math Enrichment… Not Just Paper Based Skill and Drill

By Hilary Pietz The “I Wonder” In the first few months of school, most educators evaluate the needs of their learners.  I tend to focus on needs of my learners and how to make growth. In the past, I have had a heavy focus on the students who are struggling with expected skills in 5th … Continue reading 5th Grade Math Enrichment… Not Just Paper Based Skill and Drill

Screencasting and Self Reflection with Student Writing

By Amanda Donovan (@adonovan88) Scenario Students need to revise their own writing and reflect on their progress throughout the unit. Setting Grade 3 students in Writing Workshop As part of Bristol Warren Regional School District's Assessment Literacy Initiative, students regularly engage in self reflection of their work.  Students will often look at exemplar writing and … Continue reading Screencasting and Self Reflection with Student Writing