Changes to the Administration of SAT’s Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Education Article

A few months back, the College Board announced that the administration of the SAT tests was being significantly altered to to the COVID-19 pandemic. I recently connected with Sara Roberts, a tutor for Math Nation, who seemed well informed about these changes. I asked her if she would write up a quick overview of these changes for our readers and she kindly did so. – KW What will the adjusted SAT consist of? How will it be different from the…

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a modest proposal – David Didau – Education Article

The pandemic has cast many assumptions about how education could or should unfold into sharp relief. Like many others, I’ve been wondering about the positives we might find in our current situation and how – or whether – we can salvage anything when schools eventually return to normal. One area that seems to beg for reform is the way the exam season currently plays out. Here are some of the factors to consider: Accountability creates huge pressures on teachers which…

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Flash Feedback: How to Provide More Meaningful Feedback in Less Time – Education Article

Listen to the Interview with Matthew Johnson: Sponsored by Parlay and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   My study of feedback began in earnest on a sunny afternoon during my third year of teaching. I was living in California—much to the envy of my midwestern friends and family—but I was also harboring a secret,…

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7 Important Questions Before Implementing Digital Portfolios – George Couros – Education Article

Digital portfolios have been something that I have been work on for over ten years, and I am very passionate about not only the product it can create but, more importantly, the process. Having a space to share my learning and reflections has been powerful during this time in our world. In this post, I share some of the questions districts, schools, and individuals need to consider for implementation. I address all of these questions in my most recent course…

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10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom – Education Article

Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills. In this blog post, you’ll discover ten topics that can help you improve your online or blended classroom. As always, we’ll focus on the research-based best practices first. I’ve also included the links to Advancement Courses’ professional development courses that relate to this topic.  This course is sponsored by…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #125 – Education Article

Welcome to my 125th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. I have a reason for publishing this gems post so soon after my last one! A teacher emailed me an Easter treasure hunt that students can do at home and I realised that if I don’t publish it today, it will be too late. So here you go. Two blog posts in a week – it’s like a…

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A Great Way to Quickly Turn Notes and Webpages Into Review Activities – Education Article

Last summer I tried a new service called Knowt for making practice activities. At that time it would take your notes and turn them into multiple choice quizzes. Last week I revisited Knowt before recommending it to a student. It still turns notes into quizzes, but now it also accepts importing files including Google Docs and webpages. Knowt takes the notes that you write in an online notebook and turns them into practice quizzes for you. Your notes can be written directly…

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Student and Teacher Views @coolcatteacher – Education Article

As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we’re calling a “duo demo.” She played the role of the teacher and I played the role of the student as we shared what various actions look like on both sides of the dynamic relationship between students and teachers in Google Classroom. We screen shared for about 2 1/2 hours but I clipped this down to…

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Resourceaholic: Know Your Workings – Education Article

I have been fortunate that in the last ten years I haven’t worked in a school that requires me to mark classwork. I always get students to mark their own answers in lessons, and I give them time to ask me for help if they find they have incorrect answers. I don’t believe it is necessary for teachers to mark the practice that students do in class every lesson – and I can’t imagine the horrific workload involved in such…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Last Thursday was the last day of our second trimester at school, and therefore the end of my second opportunity in 2019-20 to teach Digital and Media Literacy to 5th and 6th Graders. As classroom teachers, one of the things we quickly learn is how different the dynamics of separate classes can be based on the composition of students, their personalities, and the ways in which students interact and sometimes “play off of” each other. In this post, I’d like…

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Looking at Year 6 SATs – Education Article

I think it’s a good idea for secondary school maths departments to spend some time looking at Year 6 SATs papers. Ideally this should be done at the start of September when our new teams are in place and we’re planning lessons for the first few weeks of term. When we look at papers it’s important to bear in mind that just because a topic was on their end of year assessment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that an incoming Year…

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5 Successful Traits to Achieve a Positive Culture of Assessment – Education Article

Changing our perspective on assessments can take them from a time-consuming necessity to a useful resource to provide pathways to a better future in academia. Scary evaluations are a thing of the past. In a school atmosphere where evaluations are seen as roadmaps for successful learning, teachers and students both win. Building a positive culture of assessment is the key to success for both students and teachers. Tech tools alone cannot transform your data culture, but the right knowledge and…

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5 Random Teacher Hacks to Improve Your Classroom – Education Article

David Sladkey has been teaching for over thirty-two years. Today, he shares five random but very helpful teacher hacks. From a new way to track requests to go to the bathroom to a unique cooperative learning strategy and a super cool brain break, you’ll grab five ideas you can use right away. Listen to David Sladkey share his ideas to improve our classrooms Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they…

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A Few Ideas for Dealing with Late Work – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Teams This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Most of my 9-week grading periods ended the same way: Me and one or two students, sitting in my quiet, empty classroom together, with me sitting at the computer, the students nearby in desks, methodically…

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Teachers Are Not Responsible for Student Growth or Achievement – Education Article

 Earlier this week, I was rushed to another urgent early morning staff meeting at my school.   I had my laptop with me and was frantically trying to get everything ready that I’d need for the day.   Text dependent analysis question? Check.   Discussion guide to introduce the concept of science fiction? Check.   Questions on literacy, analogy, vocabulary and sentence structure suitable for 7th grade? Check.   The same suitable for 8th grade? Check.   And as I…

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When You Get Nothing But Crickets – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Inclusive Classroom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   You know that thing where you’re talking to a group of people and you ask them a question and no one answers? And you wait a few more seconds, awkwardly, and nothing happens? It’s…

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