Back to School Learning at ISE: Prep Week and Käsmu Retreat

Part 1: Teachers Back To School Prep A week before the students returned, ISE faculty and staff were back at it, preparing for the school year through a series of collaborative activities led by our Principal Coordinators, our Learning Design Coach and our new Director, Mr. Don Payne. The week started with Mr. Payne asking ...

Response: Use ‘Compassion’ When Planning for a Substitute Teacher

The new "question-of-the-week" is: What is the best advice you can offer to a sub, and to the teacher for how he/she can prepare for the sub? Substitute teachers are essential to our schools.  Yet, it's not unusual for students or for regular teachers to take them very seriously.   I have to admit that I ...

Blended learning: Step by step

Chances are that, by now, you have read something about the effectiveness of Blended-learning environments, about the teachers who employ such learning spaces to enhance student learning, and why they do it. But that does not bring you, our everyday teacher on the street, much closer to understanding how to integrate blended learning strategies into ...

Response: Blended Learning Is ‘the Next Generation of Education’

By Larry Ferlazzo on May 21, 2016 9:41 AM This week's question is: What is blended learning, is there value in it and, if so, how do I do it? "Blended learning" is a phrase tossed around a lot in education these days, but what exactly does it mean and does it work? This column ...

Semester Without Grades: An Early Report from the Field

  This past August I seized the opportunity be an early adopter (read: guinea pig) by requesting that my principal let me pilot a transitional gradeless classroom (our goal is to be a fully standards-based high school within 3-5 years). Six months later, I am emerging from the initial messiness of the process (that stage ...

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