Strong lesson differentiation can be something that’s challenging to capture on video, as much of it happens behind the scenes. It also is a cycle, with several moving parts: Strong, objective aligned data collection. Data analysis, helping to identify which students have mastered which objectives, and where misunderstandings and struggles are happening. Providing feedback to students and carefully […]

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Systems Behind Data Driven Instruction

May 1, 2017

Janice Smith

A couple months ago we created two collections focused on data (‘Data Driven Instruction (Theory)’ and ‘Data Driven Instruction (Practice)’).  In the conversation around this topic, one piece that isn’t discussed enough is the systems we create to make data driven instruction more meaningful, and ultimately less time consuming.  Making sure that every lesson, classwork […]

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All Kinds of Ratio

Apr 3, 2017

Janice Smith

When I was teaching and coaching teachers on a daily basis in classrooms, one thing I thought about constantly was ratio.  It started as simply work ratio, but the more classrooms I observed and the more teachers I talked with, it quickly became a bit more complicated.* The simple tag ‘Ratio‘ over time got broken […]

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Data Driven Instruction (Practice)

Feb 21, 2017

Janice Smith

Last May we featured a collection of videos about data driven instruction, focused on the mindset and theory behind the practice.  In Part 1 (a collection titled ‘Data Driven Instruction: Theory‘) we focused on the mindset behind data driven instruction.  What teachers are thinking about as they plan for how to collect data, what do […]

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Scaffolded Questioning

Feb 14, 2017

Janice Smith

Two things I think about a lot when observing teachers and classrooms are 1) Ratio and 2) Questioning.  Ultimately, a lot of other techniques we look at related to classroom management, systems & routines, and even building relationships with students and families are all ways to help us maximize instructional time in our classroom, and […]

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