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I haven't used any of these methods before. I have differentiated instruction before with flexible ability groupings; however, I did not incorporate any technology regularly (other than extension activities for early finishers). I like the idea of most of these, but I would need to receive lots of specific professional development training before being able to actually implement any of them! They kind of seem overwhelming to me. I've been out of the classroom for too long now, and I have not kept up with any of the technological advances hardly. I didn't even have a smart board when I resigned. As many others have said, the idea of project based learning seems the most interesting! That's something that you can do with or without technology, is easily differentiated, taps into students' interests/intelligences, could be interdisciplinary, etc. I'm all about that! [smile] 

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Reply with quote  #17 

I would like to try daily sequencing. Delivering instruction in such a personalized way is intriguing, and I like the potential to differentiate without creating visible separation. I think the challenge of creating differentiated, daily sequencing for students would also reinforce a daily focus on assessment since it would be imperative that I understand each student's mastery of the material to create an effective daily sequence.


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I’m not currently in the classroom, but when I am, I really want to implement Project-Based Learning. I agree with AMBean that projects need to have clear expectations and I think if you truly follow the PBL structure, they will.  As educators, we are exposed to lots of ideas to implement in the classroom.  Out of the numerous ideas/methods I’ve been exposed to over the last 17 years as an educator, the growth mindset philosophy and PBL learning are ones that keep “speaking” to me.  They are methods that help excite and interest kids, give them ownership in their learning, and the ability to use various technological aids to assist them in their learning. They also get me excited about planning lessons and are great ways to “hook” students into the lesson and keep them engaged. I would also like to implement Adaptive Software and Google Drive when possible.  This would depend on students having access to ipads/computers/software.  My children really enjoy learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone at home, so I know there is great software out there!


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Reply with quote  #19 
I see the most success with my 3rd graders using project based learning.  I haven't really considered surveying them about what their top interests would be but this would be easy to incorporate and implement.  With the olympics coming up, geography, folk tales from around the world, etc. are always popular, too.
Erin Illian

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Of the “Blending to Personalize” models mentioned on page 102, which one/s have you tried on your campus? How effective were they?

If you have not attempted any of those listed, which one which you like to implement on your campus? Why?

I have not not tried any of the models on page 102. It seems that most of these models would be hard to apply to a PreK 4 classroom. However, I did find the flipped instruction very interesting. I have a son going to second grade.  And I feel that, if the teacher used the flipped instruction for math in her class, my son would benefit from it. His father and I would watch the videos at home with him and be able help if he did not understand a concept. I know teachers are pressed for time and sometimes they need to move on. When this happens a student who did not grasp the concept can fall behind. This could cause them to not understand the class assignment and therefore it could homework. Having students view a video at home would allot the teacher more class time to implement the concepts. 

Martha Leija McMillan

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Reply with quote  #21 
I've tried project-based learning with some success. I know that I need to do more research and have better, stronger guidelines for my students. Students seem to do well when they have a clear, well-defined rubric, and I think that that would be something that I'd like to work on for my classroom.

Posts: 148
Reply with quote  #22 
Out of the strategies listed on page 102, I would like  to try to implement using adaptive software.  I believe this would be beneficial to growing my students' proficiency in learning English and applying it to content areas.  As a district, I would like to see a WRM lab in our schools.  We have struggled with Writing for a few years.  I feel too often we look at the data and provide lessons based on what the grade level is low on as a whole.  According to the WRM lab description, teachers would use data to create personalized lessons for students.  I like this idea because then we are working on their weaknesses and not just having students repeat lessons on skills that they may already be strong in. 

Posts: 42
Reply with quote  #23 
I really enjoy using project based learning into the classroom. I have found that there is a wide variety of options in project based learning. Students can work with a team or by themselves, they can use technology, they can also incorpoate other people outside of the school. Students really enjoy project based learning as well because it allows them to be creative and really learn a lot about the subject.

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Reply with quote  #24 

When I taught kindergarten, none of those models were used.   The only one that seems like it would work well with kids that young would be adaptive software, like Khan Academy.   We didn’t have a lot of devices.  We had 3 old desktop computers for the kids to share in our classroom.  So giving daily assignments in Google Docs, especially to kids who can’t all read, isn’t feasible.   Flipped instruction also wouldn’t work very well, as the only homework they were ever given was reading.   There’s nothing to flip.   I would have the most fun with project based learning, but I’m not sure how well that would work with kindergarteners.  The best that  I could probably do out of all of those would be to add something like Khan Academy to the math centers rotation.  


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Reply with quote  #25 
I have implemented flipped instruction.  I love it and feel my success rate was higher when I did it properly.  The last few semesters, I've had students resist it and request that I just lecture and I don't totally give in, but I also didn't fully flip like I had before when my students were more successful.  I'm going to really try to get them to buy into it at the beginning and hold to what I know works best for students.  When I've given into them before, they usually aren't successful with lecture either.  


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Reply with quote  #26 

Of the “Blending to Personalize” models mentioned on page 102, which one/s have you tried on your campus? How effective were they?

If you have not attempted any of those listed, which one which you like to implement on your campus? Why

Well each students lesson is already personalized through the company. As the teacher I will personalize the lesson according to the slides, whatever letters and words the student needs to review or learn.

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