John McCarthy

Author's details

Name: John McCarthy
Date registered: April 22, 2013
URL: http://www.openingpaths.org

Biography

Educator and life long learner. Exploring the many ways to advocate for student voice in their learning career. Passions: my family, writing, teaching, and gaming. Blog: www.openingpaths.org Blog: www.deadwoodwriters.org

Latest posts

  1. The 1st Truth about Differentiation — June 5, 2017
  2. The 4th Way to Plan for Diverse Learners — March 27, 2017
  3. So All Can Learn – Preorders Available — January 23, 2017
  4. Gamification – Learning can be fun — October 19, 2016
  5. New Book: So All Can Learn – A Practical Guide to Differentiation — September 11, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Rebutting Misconceptions about Differentiated Instruction — 7 comments
  2. Inspiring the Writer in everyone — 7 comments
  3. Learning Preferences Cards — 5 comments
  4. Student Learning Profile Quick Surveys — 4 comments
  5. Education is like Yoga III: Starting School Right — 3 comments

Author's posts listings

Jun 05

The 1st Truth about Differentiation

In the past, I’ve written several articles about the myths that prevents many teachers from using Differentiation as an integral part of how they meet learner needs. Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths There’s No Time to Differentiate: Myth Busting DI, Part 2 Differentiating is just too difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part III Teachers …

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Mar 27

The 4th Way to Plan for Diverse Learners

          Differentiation is… more than a passion or calling in working with students of all ages. For me, it’s simply a necessity, like breathing. If life-long learning is to be what everyone does with care and thoughtful reflection, then differentiation experiences should happen early and frequent throughout one’s education. I wrote an article for Edutopia, …

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Jan 23

So All Can Learn – Preorders Available

So All Can Learn: A practical guide to Differentiation Launch Date: February 28 Pre-orders Available: R&L and Amazon Teaching to all learners feels like an enormous challenge. Add obstacles such as class size, time, and top down mandates, and it’s not surprising that teachers may succumb to the temptation to just survive. The reality is …

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Oct 19

Gamification – Learning can be fun

In an an article I wrote for Edutopia, “Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners,” I talk about elements for gamification that can help differentiate for student learning. Here are resources as referenced from the article as well as other references. Edutopia article references Leveling Up Guide (pdf – doc) This guide …

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Sep 11

New Book: So All Can Learn – A Practical Guide to Differentiation

It’s been a crazy, busy summer. But the work has paid off as I’ve completed the work on my new book, which comes out in February 2017: So All Can Learn – A Practical Guide to Differentiation by John McCarthy Published by Rowman & Littlefield Register for news of when pre-orders go live, and other news …

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Jul 17

Learning through Pokemon Go – 15+ Resources

When Pokemon Go launched it created quite a buzz that continues to resonate. As an extension to my article, Pokemon Go… and Global Success Skills? via Edutopia, here are some resources to learn more about the game itself and possible uses for publication and other Authentic Learning Experiences for students. I’ll be adding to this list periodically. …

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Jun 16

Student Learning Wall Guide: Empowering Student Voice

Checkout ALE/PBL Guide Entering most classrooms, there is information about the learning outcomes and assignments posted. The purpose is to let students know what is the focus and follow up work that is connected. This information is like the billboards along the highways. People drive by without paying attention to the signs that become lost in …

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May 30

Formative Assessments for Innovative Instruction & Learning

Assessment is a major topic that teachers discuss when implementing innovative instruction, such as PBL or Authentic Learning Experiences (ALE). When the PBL/ALE unit starts at the beginning of your instruction, students do better. Makes your use of assessment stronger. PBL/ALE “after” a unit is dessert, which makes learning difficult. Here are some sources for …

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May 20

Networks for Gamification Resources

Professional Learning Network ISTE has a good group that focuses on Gamification called Games & Simulations Network. ISTE members get access to emails regarding the ongoing conversations in the forum. It is a wealth of information that helps practice and innovation in this area. It’s worth becoming an ISTE member just for this resource, but …

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Apr 02

Mythbusting Differentiation: Solutions to Make Differentiation a Reality

Debunk myths that make differentiation seem impractical and impossible. Differentiation is more than strategies and more practical than a pedagogical ideal. Here is a companion post to my presentation for the ASCD Conference. This article and the list of referenced articles at the end debunk myths about Differentiation with solutions that offer success to diverse learners …

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