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Understanding by Design

Often times throughout my life I have planned backwards. I wanted to make a large purchase so I determined the total cost and counted backwards to determine how much and for how long I would need to save. At school, I have time sensitive paperwork that needs to be completed and mailed to families, so… Continue reading Understanding by Design

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Aligning Outcomes, Assessment, and Activities

Aligning outcomes, activities, and assessments are the most important parts that teachers need to consider when planning lessons. However, doing so in a time period where teachers are inundated with state assessment requirements and scores is not an easy task. Teachers will need to design their lessons with alignment in mind. By using Fink’s Self-Directed… Continue reading Aligning Outcomes, Assessment, and Activities

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Creating a Significant Learning Environment

(photo retrieved from tutorcruncher.com) Classrooms are a place for learning. Learning different contents, learning social skills, learning expectations, learning success and failure. Classrooms are for learning, yes. But, what if teachers could improve how students are learning? Is the current environment working at it’s best and fullest potential? Is there more we could be doing?… Continue reading Creating a Significant Learning Environment