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: Blog:

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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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Question Formulation Technique: Empowering Student Inquiry

For ongoing support on educational practice and student voice, subscribe for email updates and follow @jmccarthyeds via Twitter: 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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Steps to Address Student Apathy and Critical Thinking

I got a question from S. Crowder asking how to address student apathy and struggles with developing critical thinking skills through Differentiation for STEM/PBL curriculum. It’s an important concern that is shared by many who truly want their students to succeed. So I’m sharing the post here (with some word edits). I invite you to …

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3 Steps to Getting started with Differentiation – a response

Edutopia is a great resource for ideas and professional collaboration. In a discussion thread, New at the “Game” of Differentiated Teaching, I was asked to contribute to supporting a fellow educator. In a profession that is based on supporting others, I had to join in. @JMcCarthyEdS John, can you help with this educator’s plea for help …

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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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Notes from MACUL 2015

Spending 2 days at MACUL conference 2015 was a pleasure and good learning experience. I appreciate the diverse topics that MACUL addresses. As an instructional technology organization MACUL does an excellent job of nurturing the dialog around instruction and learning with support through technology. I look forward to participate next year. During the sessions that …

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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 – 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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