John McCarthy

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

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

Oct 08

Presentations for AdvancED 2017-18

John McCarthy, EdS – follow on Twitter: @JMcCarthyEdS View resources from book: So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation Please explore the resources from my sessions for AdvancED at their international conferences. Please contact me if you have any questions or want to share ideas. 5 Powerful Ways to Differentiate Project Based Learning …

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Sep 24

Managing Innovative Authentic Learning Experiences

Follow on Twitter @JMcCarthyEdS and subscribe to this website and the Youtube Channel for access to the latest in instructional design and developing and empowering Student Voice. ********* Planning and implementing innovative learning experiences at the unit design level can feel like a daunting task. If you’re reading this then I applaud your courage and …

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Aug 31

Authentic Learning Experiences Tool Box – New resources available

  Picture students making frequent connections to curriculum outcomes in deep and meaningful ways. Imagine them caring about the academic tasks as if someone important to them is counting on their success. Authentic Learning Experiences (ALE) transforms this picture into reality. ALE is a growing practice in 40 minute lessons to units that go one …

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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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