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By Innovative Ed | Readings on the edge of technology innovation in schools. Curated by the Tarrant Institute.

Assessment in Proficiency-Based Classrooms - Innovation: Education

3 examples using blended learning<p>Let’s explore how some Vermont teachers are shifting their instruction and assessment practices to move all students …

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Why do action research? - Innovation: Education

5 benefits of doing action research in the classroom<p>Teachers are constantly tinkering, creating, learning, and growing. Action research is a slightly …

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8 methods for reflection in project-based learning - Innovation: Education

It’s where the learning is<p>It is easy to not plan time for reflection in project-based learning (PBL) because there is just so much DOING! The …

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How to evaluate student-led conferences - Innovation: Education

Feedback, feedback, feedback!<p>As educators, it’s absolutely critical that we reflect on our practices, especially new ones. As schools around the …

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Tackling school change as a community - Innovation: Education

Community conversations about education<p>What would you tell your neighbors about your school? What do you think they’d say in return? The Washington …

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How can students reflect on their PLPs? - Innovation: Education

Students themselves tell the best stories of their learning<p>We wish we could hand you the one right way for students to reflect on their personal …

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Entry events for project-based learning - Innovation: Education

Start with the dramatic, unexpected & memorable<p>Q: What do we really want from project-based learning?<p>A: We want students to care about this subject. …

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4 ways of tying proficiencies to student-led conferences - Innovation: Education

Implications of proficiency-based learning<p>Student-led conferences are a key strategy in moving to a personalized, student-centered educational …

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3 visualization exercises for proficiency-based learning - Innovation: Education

Outcomes, process and automaticity<p>I worked with a group of teachers this summer to re-think goal-setting with their students. We know it’s a key …

Planning a PBL unit - Innovation: Education

Resources to tackle project-based learning<p>Welcome to the PBL Highway, my new series aimed at helping you on the road to project-based learning! …

4 ways to begin using scales for assessment - Innovation: Education

Getting started with proficiency<p>School systems in Vermont and elsewhere are in the midst of a shift to proficiency-based learning. At the early …

Looking to try more student-directed learning? - Innovation: Education

Test the waters with “Genius Groups”<p>Start by turning your class over to students.<p>You heard me. Set aside classroom time to let your students design …

What work-based learning in Vermont can look like - Innovation: Education

On equity and flexible pathways to learning<p>This past August, Vermont Secretary of Education Dr Rebecca Holcombe addressed the 2016 Amplifying Student …

3 types of videos for showcasing content areas - Innovation: Education

Ideas for showcasing specific learning<p>Many students love working with video. Students can create videos for any subject to show specifically what …

Proficiency-based teaching and learning in Vermont: who, why and how - Innovation: Education

Making students partners in the journey to proficiencies<p>Vermont educators and their students are on a journey. Let’s look at how one school is …

Onward and upward - Innovation: Education

Achieving escape velocity with students as partners<p>Congratulations for making it through the first month of school! Whether it’s your first year as …

Power up your Advisory programs - Innovation: Education

How 30 minutes can leave a lasting impact on the day.<p>Advisory: the first 15 to 30 minutes of every middle school day, during which you’re trying to …

8 tips for creating classroom routines and norms - Innovation: Education

There is no tired like teachers at the beginning (or end) of the school year are tired. Establishing routines, procedures, community and trust takes …

Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much?

The Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Policing minority communities. Nuclear weapons and Iran. Summer often brings a lull in the news, but not this year. And, come September, students are going to want to talk about these headlines.<p>But how should teachers navigate our …

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Managing Collaboration in the PBL Classroom

By: Jennifer Isbell. As they prepare next-gen students for an unknown future full of rapidly advancing technology, teachers must find ways to inspire …

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Get #ready2launch your team this year - Innovation: Education

New ways to approach teaming<p>Have you every showed up to in-service wondering what the new initiatives for the year will be? Or wondered how to …

All About Escape Rooms

Components from Brian Mayer and Liesl Toates’s River Valley Civilization Escape game, created for the classroom. Elements include a hieroglyphics …

Meet @ThisIsVTED - Innovation: Education

A twitter showcase of amazing Vermont schools<p>Wish you could see more of the innovative ways Vermont students and educators are changing learning? …

Service Learning 101: a guide for busy teachers - Innovation: Education

How to get started with service learning<p>Service learning can play a key role in middle level curriculum, yet it can seem daunting to many educators. …

(Re) Designing PLPs with students - Innovation: Education

What Vermont students really think about personal learning plans<p>Put 47 middle-level students together, challenge them to think differently about ways …

3 ways to create a student-led open house - Innovation: Education

Student leadership at a school Open House? You betcha.<p>You’ve heard of student-led conferences, but how about a Student-Led Open House? An idea so …

5 ways to partner with students in a makerspace - Innovation: Education

Whose Makerspace is it, anyway?<p>A Makerspace can take many forms, but fundamentally it should be a locus of student engagement and creativity.<p>So …

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4 digital identity exercises for students - Innovation: Education

Introduce a student-centered tech-rich year<p>Looking for ways to explore digital identity with students? Here are 4 student-centered, tech-rich digital …

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