Category: Pedagogy

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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Apr 18

Review of Ron Berger’s Beautiful Work

Guest Author: Tracy Williams – Follow her on Twitter: @trawill14 She’s an elementary teacher who has a passion for developing student writers, and empowering their voice through quality feedback. She has developed a related resource to help other teachers in their thinking to support their students: Feedback Screencast. Here is what she has to say, inspired …

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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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Sep 18

The EdCamp Experience: Where Voice and Choice Matter

Guest Blogger: Cathy Hill Lake Travis Independent School District “We want to do something that is cross-curricular that all the 5th grade teachers [on this campus] can participate in. We want to try something new where students truly have a voice in how they learn.” Kathy Austrian, 5th grade teacher at Serene Hills Elementary in …

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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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