February 19, 2019

In a recent post, Pump Up Engagement with Math Circuit Training, I introduced the concept of setting up classroom learning stations as "training circuits." Learning training circuits provide a way of progressively increasing the rigor and cognitive complexity of a cont...

January 2, 2019

While visiting classrooms in Cleburne, TX, I came across an inspiring strategy used by staff members to encourage transparency, peer coaching, and esprit de corps among teachers—peer observation invitations. The concept of peer observations is certainly not new, but I...

December 18, 2018

A common misconception I see in math classrooms relates to what constitutes a math practice activity versus an authentic math problem. Why the confusion? Anyone who has participated in a math classroom in the last 50 years has grown accustomed to the generational direc...

November 30, 2018

Teachers everywhere use digital tools to personalize learning for their students. Some manage their learning environment using tools like Google Classroom, Edmodo, and Schoology; others promote student-led inquiry with apps (e.g. Germ Scanner) and classroom simulations...

November 9, 2018

Math Circuit Training, in many respects, resembles the "look and feel" of other self-contained and self-directed small group learning models such as centers or stations. The purpose is to diversify learning opportunities, gauge student understanding and/or misconceptio...

October 30, 2018

One of the purposes of classroom walkthroughs (i.e., 5-minute classroom visits) is to recognize patterns in the rhythm of instruction that can guide profession

October 15, 2018

While conducting classroom walkthroughs last week, I entered a room at the beginning of a World Language lesson. The class was full of 2nd graders conducting their own private conversations while ignoring the directions and prompting from the teacher. I settled in expe...

January 12, 2018

For over 20 years, the LoTi Digital Age Survey has experienced a wide variety of uses. It has served as the foundation for doctoral dissertations, research studies, educational publications, and K-12 technology grants worldwide. Most recently, the survey is gaining mom...

November 8, 2017

As someone who has conducted dozens of teacher evaluation workshops with different frameworks (e.g., Danielson Framework for Teaching, LoTi Teacher Evaluation System), the question often surfaces about the role of teacher appraisal systems in improving professional pra...

October 10, 2017

What do the Germ Scanner app, the Clinometer app, a YouTube clip featuring Godzilla, and an interactive game called Sprinter have in common? All of them represent divergent uses of technology.  A divergent application of technology means that the way the...

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