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

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

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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Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?

In today’s blog post, we wanted to take a quick look at the available PARCC online assessment practice and sample resources.

Screen_Shot_2013-11-18_at_9.49.44_AMThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two state consortia developing Common Core-aligned assessments, has recently released updates to it’s “sample items” and “task prototypes”.

  • Looking for Smarter Balanced practice resource information instead? Be sure to check out last week’s blog post!

These free resources are designed to help both educators and students visualize and practice the basic scope and functionality of the mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) interactions prior to the 2014-2015 assessment deadline.

Read below the break to learn where you can find the free PARCC resources and what value they provide to teachers and students practicing for the online tests. Continue reading “Where Can I Find PARCC Math Assessment Sample Items and Examples?”

How to Know the Difference Between Differentiated Instruction and Personalized Learning

differentiation_personalization_imageThe modern education landscape is filled with instruction methodology buzzwords (individualized, differentiated, personalized, etc.). Each seeks to explain how to best develop instruction that is engaging and adapted for individual differences.

Though these terms may often be used interchangeably, they truly refer to different concepts within the classroom.

Today, we wanted to take a quick look at two of the most often confused concepts: “personalized learning” and “differentiated instruction“. Read below the break to learn about the distinction between the two and what the relationship between the two terms means for your classroom and curriculum. Continue reading “How to Know the Difference Between Differentiated Instruction and Personalized Learning”

The Importance of Teaching Digital Literacy to Students

What comes to mind when you hear the word ““literacy””? If I had to guess, your answer is probably “reading and writing”, and I wouldn’t blame you. Literacy is a storied staple of American schooling, beginning with D’’nealian Handwriting practice, running through the book report era of middle school, and continuing to the glorious five-paragraph essay experiences of high school.

digital literacyThose three examples have a common bond: they somehow involve words on paper or some other physical media. But the prevalence of computers, smartphones, and pretty much every other recent technological advance has expanded the definition of “literacy”.

Nowadays, educators must also be cognizant of promoting digital literacy, putting the proper utilization of digital tools and technology right on par with reading and writing. Continue reading “The Importance of Teaching Digital Literacy to Students”