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November 1, 2017
A Teacher's 3 Essential Tools for Small-Group Assessment
A Teacher's 3 Essential Tools for Small-Group Assessment

By Stacey Ryan

Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six. It can sometimes be challenging for educators to gauge students’ understanding through formative assessments while in this small-group setting. After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.

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October 22, 2017
4 Ways Video Improves Teacher Coaching
4 Ways Video Improves Teacher Coaching

By Carolyn Hollowell

 

In today’s results-driven society, administrators are focusing more than ever on summative evaluations. But, as a recent Education Week article points out, if the goal is improving students’ performance and developing good teachers into great contributors, evaluation should sometimes take a back seat to coaching.

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September 14, 2017
3 New Teaching Strategies You Should Try in 2017
3 New Teaching Strategies You Should Try in 2017

By Carolyn Hollowell

I talk to educators across the globe, and one thing they have in common is their passion for innovation. The start of the new school year is a time when many teachers are refreshed, energized after their break and are willing to try something new. If you are looking for some new ideas, I have gathered three new teaching tactics in this blog that have been successful with our customers. Give them a try for the 2017 school year!

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August 21, 2017
6 Reasons to Start this School Year with an Audio System
6 Reasons to Start this School Year with an Audio System

by Carolyn Hollowell

Like me, I bet you didn’t know that a child’s auditory faculties are not fully developed until around age 15. Or that one-third of students between kindergarten and 3rd grade suffer some form of mild hearing loss. Listening is 75% of a child’s school day and the primary channel for learning. The simple truth, I learned when I joined Lightspeed, is that children who can hear clearly learn more.

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May 22, 2017
5 Items to Keep in Your Traveling Presenter Kit
5 Items to Keep in Your Traveling Presenter Kit

By Carolyn Hollowell

Have you ever found yourself in this situation? You agree to give a presentation at a big conference and spend weeks creating the perfect PowerPoint. You practice until you can recite your speech in your sleep. You arrive at the venue to discover you are presenting in a large room with no AV connector for your Laptop or audio equipment available. Or maybe the venue does provide a projector or audio system but when you arrive, the AV technician or engineer is nowhere to be found and you are left to fend for yourself, fumbling with cords and speakers while the crowd anxiously awaits your presentation.

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