Top 12 CTE Reasons to Use Atlas Curriculum Mapping – Education Article

by Mark Tanner, CTE Curriculum Development Specialist from HFM Career and Technical Education Center, NY This post was originally published in January 2014 and was updated in July 2019. We began using the Atlas curriculum mapping product in earnest in 2007.  The vast majority of our HFM Career and Technical Education Center staff were veteran instructors who had already developed curricula so we were not in fact developing new curricula, but rather in-putting into Atlas existing CTE curricula.  For this reason we…

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Let’s Discuss Agency in the PYP – Education Article

By Ali Ezzeddine, 4 Generations 4 Education One year ago, when the enhanced PYP was published, all PYP teachers were discussing the word Agency by asking the following questions: What will it look like? How do we implement it? How do we measure it? Why is it important? How do we discuss it with the parent community? How will it impact our daily planning? Which PD do we need to attend to understand it? As a PYP educator, the word…

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Continued Professional Development for Learning CPDfL: Making an Impact – Education Article

What school structures can support the implementation of these approaches? There is no magic recipe. However, being a research-informed and evidence-based leader with careful application to context is everything. Taking advantage of technology platforms, such as Blue Sky Education, can assist schools give educators ownership of their training and professional development pathways. It is our thinking, actions and reflections that enable us to tailor opportunities and create the conditions to build quality learning experiences that meet the needs of educators…

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Aligning a Concept-Based Curriculum from Planning to Practice – Education Article

For students to validate conceptual connections in generalization statements provide opportunity for stress testing as learning progresses. Through this process of continual reflection, embedded in teaching approaches as determined by educator expertise, we can actively develop mastery learning, drive student agency, challenge student thinking, provoke debate, deepen transferable understanding and support CBC alignment from planning to practice. Key Read: Marschall, C., & French, R., Concept-based Inquiry in Action: Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding, 2018 Further Reads: Erickson, L. H., Lanning,…

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Teachers Teaching Teachers Tech (T4): Technology Integration is a Mindset, Not a Skillset – Education Article

By Wagner Pierre Dalian American International School From many years as a teacher, I found cooperative learning and collaboration to be the best teaching and learning strategies, because it combines the intellectual and socio-emotional benefits as students work together towards a common agenda and learn how to work with other people. The same is true for teachers. I believe it is awesome when classroom teachers are teaching each other (peer coaching) about how to integrate technology, since they can share…

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Obsessed with Fantasy Football – Education Article

By Scott Habeeb Salem High School I have to confess something: I care way too much about Fantasy Football. Throughout the fall, I’m constantly checking my Yahoo Fantasy app, plotting my next waiver wire strategy, or looking online for updates about player injuries. I am addicted to Fantasy Football. This year I was the champion of my Fantasy Football league. Actually, that’s an understatement. I smashed the competition! Players in our league can win in 3 categories: Regular Season Champ:…

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How Technology and Teacher Websites in Language Classrooms Can Increase Engagement and Access – Education Article

By Xiao “Wendy” Liu, Tower Hill School Digital Age and Learning We are now in the Digital Age, which continues to evolve and grow at a dizzying pace, with new tools and online resources to support language learning and teaching. Language skills can be acquired and practiced in the most authentic way via technology. Computer use and the online world have had a tremendous impact on language learning, providing students with instantaneous access to authentic materials and native-speaking language partners.…

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Assessing Your Assessment Methods | Atlas – Education Article

By Megan Davenport, Professional Development Specialist How often do you take a moment to reflect on the different types of assessments your students experience? Everyone has their go-to assessments, and busy teaching days don’t offer much time (or mental capacity) to step back and reflect. However, when we do have time to think strategically about our curriculum, we want relevant and helpful information to make the most of our conversations. The reports in Atlas can serve as a conversation starter…

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Teaching with Urgency – Education Article

Types of Communication—Be truthful, but know what your individual students can handle. Communicating truthfully with students is a key facet of teaching with urgency. I have found there are several ways in which teachers (perhaps unknowingly) communicate with students. The most significant part of teaching with urgency is conveying to the students that they are not on their own in your class. Verbal CommunicationI have found that communication with students should be clear and direct. It surprises me how they…

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Strategies for Embedding Formative Assessment – Education Article

True formative assessment is messy. It’s not a quiz or a mini summative assessment. It is a “constantly occurring process, a verb, a series of events in action, not a single tool or a static noun” (NCTE Executive Board, 2013). Providing feedback that fortifies is extremely rewarding because “as teachers are seeking information about how students are learning, students are also engaging in self-reflection about their reading, writing, and thinking processes” (Ryan, 2014). Below are some strategies for embedding formative…

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STEAM UP Your Curriculum – Education Article

Defining STEAM and Developing the Philosophy STEAM in the district is not about adding additional lessons or activities to the already full curriculum. STEAM is about creating authentic problem solving experiences focused on an authentic audience that require research. Thus, they are not additional activities but a redesigned curriculum focused on problems that have been aligned to the PA Core Standards with a larger purpose for students to be able to productively and meaningfully become socially empowered. Along with the…

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The Relational Bank Account – Education Article

Sara Mangat is the manager of training and operations for the Center for Supportive Relationships, on-site in Upper Darby, PA. In addition to working with teachers in the classroom to develop positive relationships with their students through real-time relational coaching, she leads the relational coach training program in the Upper Darby School District. Sara received her MA in Communication from the University of Washington and BA in English from Vassar College. Her passion for the power of relationships in education began while teaching…

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Be a Concept-based Curriculum Hacker – Education Article

By Sarah Plews, Senior Education Leader CLIP – Oporto International School Hack into concept-based curriculum. Collaborate with a team and have a go. Maybe you are wondering what exactly it means to “hack into curriculum.” And the buzz around concept-based curriculum. Here are some of the reasons we do both at Oporto International School. Design learning experiences so that your students use their minds, ask questions, think critically, apply their thinking and solve problems. Watch the light bulbs go on…

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Open a New World of Learning – Education Article

The Big Sell: A New World of Learning My personal favorite feature of using stories in STEAM are the multi-disciplinary projects that can come out of them. Using curriculum outcomes, ICT, and strategies such as, Play Worlds (Fleer, 2011), stories can open up a world of learning and incorporate most, sometimes all, STEAM subjects simultaneously. The children will often not even know that they are learning these skills and concepts unless the outcomes are explained to them. Because children love…

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What is concept-based curriculum anyways? – Education Article

By Marie-Theres Whitehead International School Ho Chi Minh City You’ve probably heard it too. One of the most persistent buzzwords in curriculum development: Concept-Based Curriculum. What is it exactly and why is it such a buzzword? The idea for Concept-Based Curriculum rose when H. Lynn Erickson (and later Lois Lanning) recognized the necessity to change mainstream instruction — simply learning facts for the purpose of regurgitating them in assessment situations. The question that they asked was very clear: How can…

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Proofreading for English Language Acquisition Students: Why It Matters – Education Article

The Process in Practice How this looks in the classroom will obviously vary and may be adjusted for work done on paper or google docs, as is common in 1:1 laptop schools. The highlighting could take the form of using different colours, circling or underlining for example. Stage 4 could take place inside the classroom or literally outside it depending on the desired noise levels. The Power of Investing Time Limited contact time or curriculum demands may lead teachers to…

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