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?

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

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)

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

Goal Setting with SeeSaw to Understand the Why

By Ann Corrado (@AnnCorrado) Recently, I stood in front of my class and asked the question, “Why are we doing this?” The question was much more specific to the subject, but the response was eye-opening: no one could answer me. No one raised their hand. No one shouted out a response. The silence was deafening, … Continue reading Goal Setting with SeeSaw to Understand the Why

Flipgrid in Math Workshop

By Stephanie Pedro (@StephPedro007) Flipgrid has provided students with opportunities to share their thinking while problem solving.  This tool has also allowed students to use high order thinking strategies to demonstrate learning of new skills and vocabulary.     CCSS requires fourth graders to add and subtract fractions with common denominators using area models and … Continue reading Flipgrid in Math Workshop

Learner Led Group to Increase Student Accountability

By Susan Jones What began as a “fix it quick on the fly”  became a favorite rotation within my math workshop.   What happened? I am a big advocate of rotations within a math block  because I feel I am able to better gauge and address all learners more efficiently using this model.  It becomes … Continue reading Learner Led Group to Increase Student Accountability

Blogging: a way for students to collaboratively engage in real world experiences

By Christine Bean Kotuby (@mhhsmsbean) Why Blog? Blogging provides students with a way to amplify their voice in topics that interests them. Implementing Blogging in the Classroom: In my high school science classes, students have a separate google classroom that they use as a hub to communicate with each other in a safe, respectful manner. … Continue reading Blogging: a way for students to collaboratively engage in real world experiences