Category Archive: strategies

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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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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Dec 16

6 Good Tools to Differentiate Instruction

Last year I wrote for Edutopia a six-part series that’s spanned two months. What a great experience it’s been to share ideas. The response by readers has been amazing. So what follows is that deeper dive, including added resources since the posting of the original article. Here’s an article that goes to the heart of student choice. …

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Nov 18

Math: Real World Applications via Authentic Learning Experiences

Guest Blogger, Telannia Norfar is an exceptional teacher of Math. She helps students understand math by using a variety of perspectives that truly differentiates instruction so that all can learn. She currently resides and works in OK. She also works with schools nationally on project-based learning. Follow her on Twitter @thnorfar. Here is her assistance …

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Aug 09

Using team builders to develop a student-centered culture

Using team builders to develop a student-centered culture by John McCarthy Team builders are great for helping students develop understanding of global competencies, sometimes called college/career readiness skills. When doing a team builder, the key is the reflective conversation that happens after the activity. I ask the question: “What qualities and skills do you use …

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May 09

Question Formulation Technique: Empowering Student Inquiry

For ongoing support on educational practice and student voice, subscribe for email updates and follow @jmccarthyeds via Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMcCarthyEdS Question Formulation Technique: Empowering Student Inquiry The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) by The Right Question Institute is a strong approach to coaching students on generating appropriate and helpful questions for inquiry and during the Need to Know Process. The steps …

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Mar 31

Four steps to stronger and more independent teams

Four steps to stronger and more independent teams by John McCarthy, Ed.S. We all want the same thing. We want students able to work well with others. Every learner should be fully invested in the collaborative needs of their team so that the work is evenly balanced and highly productive. But the secret truth for …

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Mar 19

Authentic Audiences Purpose: Engaging Students in Learning that Means Something

Authentic Audiences Purpose: Engaging Students in Learning that Means Something by John McCarthy, Ed.S. Follow on Twitter: @jmccarthyeds – https://twitter.com/JMcCarthyEdS When my kids get excited about school it’s a wonderful moment. This is especially true as they are teenagers attending a Project Based Learning School. Those moments occur “only” (yes I’m being absolute) when the topics …

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Jan 26

3 Tools to Help Learners at THEIR Pace (Guest Post)

I recently wrote an article for Edutopia, 50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media. I asked readers to share more online tools that could support learners through differentiation. I would add these to the 50+ list. Kimberly Hurd offered three tools that address the most important needs: Assessment and Readiness. These 3 did make the …

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