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

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  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 Preferences Quick Surveys — 4 comments
  5. Education is like Yoga III: Starting School Right — 3 comments

Author's posts

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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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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High Impact Feedback & Formative Assessment Resources

  Guides for giving good feedback and using formative assessments are many and varied. Here is a distilled list of articles that create a solid foundation for doing both and extends practice for the veterans who seek to build on what they already do. If you have suggestions for other resources to add, please post …

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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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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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Letter for New Teachers on Differentiation

Letter for New Teachers on Differentiation Sincerely, John McCarthy, Ed.S. – follow on Twitter @JMcCarthyEdS   Dear New Teachers and Teachers Exploring Differentiation, I’m glad that you’re thinking about the important needs of ALL of your learners. You probably have many questions such as: How do I meet the needs of students who are at different skill …

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Game-Changing Presentation Skills: Learning from Masters

by John McCarthy, Ed.S. – Twitter: @JMcCarthyEdS Much of my work depends on public speaking. It takes on many forms including conducting workshops, keynotes, teaching students, and presenting at meetings for school boards and other stakeholders. We all know that the skills for public speaking are NOT finite. There is a continuous honing and crafting. Steve …

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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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Collaboration: Ideas from Many Voices, Part 1

Collaboration is an important global competency that students need to learn and refine. By the time they enter any post-secondary experience, students with over 10-12 years of honing this skill will be well prepared to forge ahead with new learning and career paths. They will seek out mentors and build strong networks of people with …

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Demystifying Differentiation: 6 Myths and Truths

I’m on my way to Columbus Ohio for the Ohio ASCD Summer Conference. I’ll be keynoting the event and presenting during the breakout sessions on several topics relating to putting Differentiation into Action. You can follow my tweets via @jmccarthyeds using #ohioascdconf My keynote will address some of the misconceptions that exists around Differentiation. The …

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