Category Archive: Pedagogy

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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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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Mar 18

10 Writing Strategies to Differentiate So ALL Students Can Write

Writing is such an important skill set that requires a combination of honed skills and physical stamina to complete drafts and turn them into published products. Even though writing is an important part of professional life and work, it is likely that many people lack confidence, skills, and/or stamina to write well. This may be …

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Feb 09

Ways to Empower Student Voices–Now!

Student Voice is key to student learning. Think about what motivates you more to learn something. Likely it’s where you have a say in what is being explored and/or how the practices and products will take shape. Our learners are no different. Here are resources of guides and strategies to empower student voices. It begins …

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