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Standards for Mathematics

by: Reed Howard on Jul 11, 2016 3:22:11 PM

WOWZERS EMBEDS THE STANDARDS OF MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE INTO THE WOWZERS ONLINE MATH PROGRAM

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Topics: Standards

Personalized Learning

by: Reed Howard on Jun 22, 2016 4:41:48 PM

A true PERSONALIZED LEARNING PLAN  for students needs rich, adaptive, differentiated, and contain data-driven content that is energizing, enriching, and engaging. WOWZERS HAS ALL OF THIS!

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Topics: Personalized Learning

The Educator's Guide to the "Blended Learning Lesson Plan"

by: Andrew Howard on Jul 9, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Screen_Shot_2013-12-30_at_1.52.33_PMTeaching via a mix of educational technology and in-person instruction -- a blended learning model -- can help you enhance engagement and progress within the classroom. However, instituting “blended learning” simply for the sake of adding technology to the classroom does your students (and you) a disservice.

Just like any other lesson construct, clear and concise learning goals are an important key to progress and achievement, especially when new elements (such as educational technology) are brought into the classroom.

With these set goals in mind, lesson planning remains vitally important in the blended learning setting. But, what does a Blended Learning Lesson Plan look like? 

Read below the break to learn about important elements of a blended learning lesson plan and to view a sample math lesson plan.

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Topics: Blended Learning

Inside a Classroom Implementing RTI

by: Andrew Howard on Jun 22, 2015 7:40:00 PM

Teacher in RTI (Response to Intervention) classroomThis school year is over, and like all good students, here at Wowzers we're trying to learn from good teachers.

We've been doing interviews with teachers about how their methods of teaching are changing. 

Today's interview is with Sam Hess, an elementary school teacher from San Diego, CA. In less than a minute and a half Sam explains how he uses technology in his classroom to implement an effective RTI model. 

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Topics: RTI

4 Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies for the Math Classroom

by: Andrew Howard on Jun 22, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Response to Intervention (RTI): If you've been in the classroom within the last ten years, there is a large chance that you've heard of (and utilized) this reinforcement and recovery measure.

rti_math_activitiesAfter first learning about RTI models, many educators (and myself) asked, "Is this just another complicated, drawn-out mandate by bureaucrats that never set foot in a classroom?"

However, after taking a closer look at the basis behind Response to Intervention models, you can quickly see the merit of a three tiered classroom system. RTI is based on valid research completed on teacher-proven methods for instructing and assessing all students (across the entire learning spectrum).

Read below to the break to learn about four quick strategies and activities you can use in your math classroom to optimize the "teacher-proven methods" of your RTI model to meet the unique learning needs of each and every student.

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Topics: RTI

Where Can I Find Smarter Balanced Practice Tests and Sample Items?

by: Andrew Howard on Jun 20, 2015 2:25:00 PM

Smarter Balanced Assessment UpdateSo you've taken your first year of the Smarter Balanced online assessments and now you're looking for places for your students to get more practice.

Don't worry! Free Smarter Balanced examples, practice exams, and test samples exist and they are readily available. The best part is, you don't even need to scour the Internet to find them!

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Topics: Common Core Assessments