Are Hope and Engagement Key Student Success Indicators?

Engagement is driven when students know how to apply what they know. Have you seen the 2016 Gallup Student Poll?  According to Gallup, the Student Poll will track for 10 years the hope, engagement, and well-being of public school students in grades 5 through 12 across the United States. But what do these measurements really tell…

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It’s not about technology!

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology Schools want curriculum Schools don’t want technology Schools want curriculum Etc.”      From THE Journal,  In K-12, the New, New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Currriculum  by Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology…

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Intensive Math Intervention Program Gets Even Better

We consistently ask the teachers and administrators at our Ascend Math partner schools to tell us how to make Ascend better so we can help students have more success. This has resulted in important improvements including adding interactivity to all video lessons, new conceptual lessons and virtual explorations, plus the dashboards for school, teacher, class…

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A Decade of Research on Math Instruction

Education Week just released a highly informative article summarizing what has been learned from a decade of federally funded research into math instruction. I enjoyed reviewing these findings again. The research has been very advantageous.  At Ascend Education, we developed 80 new math lessons over the past two years taking advantage of these findings bringing…

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NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Last week, the New York Times ran an article on Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway being played in some schools.  The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.” These are two subjects near and dear to my heart.  The article, by NY Times reporter Natasha Singer, also…

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The Challenge of Differentiated Instruction

I was recently asked for a good source on differentiated instruction.  I replied that ASCD put out some exceptional publications. You can find them at:   http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/differentiated-instruction-campaign.aspx My concern with differentiated instruction has always been classroom management, simply put one teacher trying to see to the needs of numerous students.  When each of these students has…

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Should Learning Be Personalized or Individualized?

There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding Personalized Learning. What is Personalized Learning?  Is it really any different from Individualized Learning? Some people think so. I read an interesting article on the subject of “personalized learning.”  For today’s students … “The approach, called personalized learning, differs from the traditional classroom their parents probably experienced,…

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