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Just in Time Data

Over the past few weeks, we focused on Data-Driven Instruction: how to use data gathered over an extended period of time to form a detailed picture of each student’s achievements and needs. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from teachers curious about ways to “dip their toes” into data collection or  [ Read More ]

In parts 1 and 2, we looked how to get started collecting data for DDI and then how to use that data to plan for whole and small group lessons. In this third and final section, we’ll consider ways to use data and data-driven platforms to personalize instruction for individual students. Here I’ll focus  [ Read More ]

In my last post, I described how to get a data-driven program off the ground by encouraging and enticing students to answer questions on an online platform that stores and organizes their responses. In this week’s post, we will look at some ways that data can help us plan for  [ Read More ]

I delivered my most “brilliant” lecture early in my teaching career. My junior English class was reading Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and both the concepts and the language proved challenging. I, myself, was not a huge fan of this extended essay when I was in high school, but as I re-read  [ Read More ]

“Go look it up.” Anyone born before the year 2000 knows this as the standard response when a student asks a teacher what a word means. This phrase symbolizes an old-fashioned, curmudegeonly approach to teaching, where the adult seems to not be responding to the child’s learning needs. In reality,  [ Read More ]

How would education be different if every teacher in the country had a personal assistant? Studies by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that 78% of teachers believe (2014) they need more planning time to properly implement the Common Core State Standards, and that, on average, teachers work 53 hours per  [ Read More ]