Beyond Bells and Whistles: Best Blended Learning Design

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 29 November, 2017
  • 5 Comments
  • blended learning, digital literacy, flipped classroom, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, online and blended learning, professional learning, susan ruckdeschel, teacher professional development, teacher professional learning, Teaching and Learning
Beyond Bells and Whistles: Best Blended Learning Design It’s all really about academic achievement. Susan Ruckdeschel, EDD/CI November, 2017 What makes blended learning for adult learners, in particular teacher professional development, so effective? With Internet access widely available, whether by subscription, café, or public wifi, the online playing field has been leveled in terms of […]
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Blended Learning in K-12 Classrooms

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 27 March, 2017
  • 15 Comments
  • 21st century learning, 21st century readiness, blended learning, flipped classroom, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
What is Blended Learning? If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Flipped Classroom folder where you can purchase materials that support a blended learning classroom. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Blended Learning is a student-centered approach to learning facilitated by the […]
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Digital Literacy in K-12 Classrooms

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 26 March, 2017
  • 9 Comments
  • digital literacy, literacy solutions, online learning, susan ruckdeschel
If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Flipped Classroom folder where you can purchase materials that support a blended learning classroom. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. In a 21st century world of information that doubles by the minute (the last I checked), […]
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Essential Questioning Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 26 March, 2017
  • 3 Comments
  • essential questioning, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Questioning Strategies folder where you can purchase materials that support classrooms focused on effective questioning practices. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Let’s pool and share the resources we already use, know about, or continue […]
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What Are Essential Questions?

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 26 March, 2017
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  • literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, online learning, questioning strategies, susan ruckdeschel
If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Questioning Strategies folder where you can purchase materials that support classrooms focused on effective questioning practices. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. The Characteristics of Essential Questions Open-ended; that is, it typically will not have […]
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Writing Courses for Teachers and Their Students

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 15 December, 2016
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Check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Writing Strategies or Student Peer Coaching folders to purchase materials that support effective writing practices in K-12 classrooms. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Need some writing courses? We’ve got them, for students and for teaches! What better way is […]
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Common Core Resources to Share

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 20 November, 2016
  • 1 Comments
  • ccss, common core, common core resources, common core state standards, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
If you like these resources, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the CCSS-Alignments folder to purchase materials that the teaching with a Common Core-aligned curriculum in K-12 classrooms. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Share some Common Core resources you have found useful in implementing for the […]
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Close Reading Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 20 November, 2016
  • 3 Comments
  • close reading, common core, common core state standards, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
If you like these resources, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Close Reading folders for K-12 and to purchase materials that support effective close reading practices in K-5 and 6-12 classrooms. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Let’s share and blog about the close reading resources […]
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Teaching Students to Flip

  • Posted by Eli Senda
  • On 24 October, 2016
  • 1 Comments
  • flipped classrooms, flipped mastery, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Flipped Classroom folder to purchase materials that support flipped K-12 classrooms. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. How do teachers deliver content in the most meaningful way possible? What will students do in the classroom […]
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Flipped Classroom Tips and Tricks

  • Posted by Eli Senda
  • On 24 October, 2016
  • 1 Comments
  • flipped classroom, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, online resources, susan ruckdeschel
If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Flipped Classroom folder to purchase materials that support flipped K-12 classrooms. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Tips and Tricks: Keep the content short. Students are not used to viewing, reading, and scanning through long […]
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Flipped Mastery

  • Posted by Eli Senda
  • On 24 October, 2016
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  • flipped classroom, flipped mastery, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
If you like this article, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Flipped Classroom folder to purchase materials that support flipped K-12 classrooms. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. The flipped mastery model teaches a number of objectives as students learn and work toward predetermined objectives at […]
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Peer Pressure, Perfectionism, and Gifted Learners

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 31 July, 2016
  • 0 Comments
If you like this content, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and check out the numerous resources there in support of anti-bullying, positive classroom environment, and more. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Adapted from Peer Pressures and Social Acceptance of Gifted Students, by Sylvia Rimm, PhD., and Literacy Solutions […]
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Formative Assessment Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 2 June, 2016
  • 1 Comments
  • common core, formative assessment, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
If you like these resources, check out our Shop at www.literacysolutions.net and go to the Assessment folder to purchase materials that support formative assessments. Materials can be purchased for as little as $3.95 per folder. Let’s pool and share a resource that helps us use formative assessment successfully, and discuss its application in this blog. […]
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Best Writing Practices

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 21 March, 2016
  • 4 Comments
  • best writing practices, content area writing, literacy solutions, susan ruckdeschel, writing practices
Let’s share some of our favorite best writing practices as they support our own pedagogy and best practices, along with the curriculum we use to carry it out.  Share an Internet resource that supports best writing practices and let’s talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us […]
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Moodle Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 14 February, 2016
  • 7 Comments
  • blended learning, flipped classrooms, literacy solutions, moodle resources, susan ruckdeschel
Whether a new literacy resource, a multi-media, or a resource to support your Moodle course design, let’s share a resource and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain how the resource works […]
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Classroom Management Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 17 December, 2015
  • 2 Comments
  • classroom management, classroom management resources, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
  Let’s share some differentiated resources for inclusive classrooms, focused specifically on research-based classroom practices. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain how the resource works effectively, or has the potential to work effectively, with struggling readers. If […]
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Autism Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 11 December, 2015
  • 2 Comments
  • autism resources, exceptional learners, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, special education, susan ruckdeschel
Let’s use this blog to share and talk about resources that help teach to autism. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain how the resource works effectively, or has the potential to work effectively, with students who have […]
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Bullying Prevention Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 2 December, 2015
  • 2 Comments
  • anti-bullying, literacy solutions, literacy solutions and more, peaceful classrooms, susan ruckdeschel
Let’s pool and share resources that support bullying prevention, and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain how the resource works effectively, or has the potential to work effectively, as a bullying […]
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SIOP Lessons and Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 28 November, 2015
  • 82 Comments
Whether a new literacy resource, a differentiated resource, a resource for inclusive classrooms, or one focused specifically on cross-cultural communication, let’s share a resource that supports SIOP, along with your own lesson design (optional), and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link […]
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Digital Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 14 November, 2015
  • 3 Comments
Let’s share some cool digital resources! Whether a new literacy resource, a differentiated resource, a resource for inclusive classrooms, or one focused specifically on struggling readers, let’s share a resource and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and […]
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Critical Literacy – A Pooling of Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 6 November, 2015
  • 1 Comments
The critical literacy approach can work at any grade level. Let’s use this blog space to share resources as they support Critical Literacy through writing, digital story telling, video, audio, strategy guides, or any other online or printable resources – let’s focus on our own classrooms and grade levels that we teach, and discuss the […]
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Classroom Data Practices

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 29 October, 2015
  • 0 Comments
Whether a digital resource, a printable, or another Internet-based resource, let’s share tools and strategies that support effective classroom data practices. Share a resource and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain […]
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Interest Inventories and Learning Styles

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 28 October, 2015
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Take one of the interest inventories introduced in the course: Organizing and Maintaining Successful Classroom Environments. Take one of the learning style inventories introduced in this course, or another found on the Internet. Feel free to share any other resources found that help teach to student learning styles and interests. Discuss and or all of […]
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Blog and Share Resources That Support Socratic Seminars

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 21 July, 2015
  • 6 Comments
Socratic seminars can work at any grade level. Let’s use this blog space to share resources as they support Socratic seminars: video, digital, or printable resources – let’s focus on our own classrooms and grade levels that we teach, and discuss the possibilities in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, […]
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Shared Planning and Preparation Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 19 July, 2015
  • 0 Comments
Whether a digital, printable, or strictly web-based resource, let’s share a the tools that aids in planning and preparation, and then talk about its usefulness in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain how the resource […]
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Close Reading Resources – Let’s Pool and Share!

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 19 July, 2015
  • 1 Comments
We all know the challenges of close reading for teachers in teaching, and for students in reading closely, especially for those who struggle, already challenged with reading below grade-level. Let’s pool and share ideas and resources for teaching close reading with struggling readers in mind: lesson ideas, strategies, strategy guides, graphic organizers, and materials with […]
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Blog About and Share Classroom Differentiation Ideas for ELLs

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 17 July, 2015
  • 10 Comments
Let’s use this blog space to share some best practice differentiation approaches. Whether a literacy resource, a math resource, or one focused specifically on struggling learners, let’s share our best practice approaches for English Language Learners in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the […]
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Our PLC Vision and Mission Statements

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 15 July, 2015
  • 68 Comments
Remember: The very essence of a learning community is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student (Dufour, Dufour and Eaker, p. 15). Share a vision and a mission for your Professional Learning Community here. An effective PLC mission is driven by a common vision, and this vision is vital to […]
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Data Action: Next Steps

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 12 July, 2015
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Let’s blog about some of our own data action experiences, and the tools that helped us along the way, as a result of Data-Driven Instructional Strategies. Think about those necessary “theory to research action steps” (Dufour et al., 2008; Venables, 2011) in Module 4 and tell us how you implemented at least one of them […]
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Vocabulary Resources

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 11 July, 2015
  • 0 Comments
Let’s share our final projects for Vocabulary, the Common Core, and the New York State Modules, Grades 6-12. Whether a vocabulary intervention resource, one for text complexity, a resource for vocabulary flooding, or one to differentiate with, let’s share our final projects and blog about them here. First, tell us why you chose the vocabulary […]
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Share and Blog a Content Area Resource

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 8 July, 2015
  • 4 Comments
  • content area literacy, content area literacy resources, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel
Let’s share some content area resources. They can be those to differentiate with, resources for inclusive classrooms, or resources focused specifically on struggling readers. Organizers, rubrics, checklists, strategy aides – anything that has research or field-testing behind it to show that it works. Let’s share a research-based resource that you’ve used in your classroom and […]
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Reflections on a Reading Lesson

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 6 July, 2015
  • 0 Comments
Develop a reading strategy plan with one of the reading strategies designed in Course No. 132 for Assignment 1. **This strategy may also be aligned to what you are presently teaching, such as a lesson from a unit. You may also use and incorporate any of the strategy guides attached to, and a part of, this blog. Teach […]
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21st Century Tools for Collaborative Learning

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 4 July, 2015
  • 5 Comments
Review the tools for cooperative learning offered in this module, all found in the Course Objectives | Research | Materials folder in Course No. 254: Cooperative Learning Social Roles Cooperative Learning Signals Cooperative Learning Group Evaluation Cooperative Learning Paired Evaluation Team Investigation Active Listening Checklist Active Listening Checklist – 2 Paraphrasing for Comprehension with Peers […]
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Sharing and Pooling Resources for Inclusion Classrooms

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 4 July, 2015
  • 40 Comments
Whether a digital/21st century resource, printable resource, for differentiation, learning style, grouping, or collaboration, let’s share one specifically for inclusive classroom environments and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you chose the resource. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it. Explain how the […]
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Blog About and Share a Literacy Resource for Struggling Readers

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 28 June, 2015
  • 2720 Comments
Let’s take all this knowledge from our course Literacy Strategies for Struggling Readers and put it to productive good. Whether a new literacy resource, a differentiated resource, a resource for inclusive classrooms, or one focused specifically on struggling readers, let’s share a resource and talk about it in this blog. First, tell us why you […]
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Inspirational Teaching Blog for Math

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 26 June, 2015
  • 0 Comments
  • inspirational teaching, literacy solutions and more, susan ruckdeschel, Teaching and Learning
Inspirational Teaching Videos Go to The Teaching Channel here, or paste https://www.teachingchannel.org into your browser. Locate some math video and find three strategies, or approaches, used in the video that are related to what you teach, and evaluate them based on the following criteria: The extent to which student understanding is increased. The extent to which the […]
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Teaching to Autism, by Susan Ruckdeschel and Caryn Huss, PhD.

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 30 November, 2014
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Autism, also called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to the wide range of symptoms that include skills and degrees of impairment. Autism is a developmental disorder that influences how students learn and function in academic and in social settings. Because it affects multiple areas of communication, socialization, it often manifests in repetitive behaviors in children […]
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Help For Homework, by Susan Ruckdeschel

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 30 November, 2014
  • 0 Comments
Students with disabilities struggle more with homework than their non-disabled classmates (McNary et al., 2005). Homework design and its completion has many influences. Among them: Student accommodations Organization and a student’s ability to remain organized (executive functioning) Structure of assignments Availability of technology Homeschool communications Life influences Often students with disabilities are challenged by homework […]
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Visual Literacy – An Evolving Media Approach

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 23 March, 2014
  • 0 Comments
Can new media increase reading comprehension in the same way traditional reading approaches have?  There are studies that have shown it is possible (Abersek, 2008; Schiebe, 2004), as long as new media is used properly with e-text, pictures, lines, graphs and shapes. This is multiliteracy, because reading comprehension is a multifaceted process that requires simultaneous […]
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Cognitive-Friendly Classrooms That Differentiate

  • Posted by Susan Ruckdeschel
  • On 1 December, 2013
  • 3 Comments
Cognitive-Friendly Classrooms That Differentiate Human brains are designed to transmit information.  Nerve cells, muscles, the glands – neurons are the nerve center of the brain and there are anywhere from 1 billion to 100 billion working at a given moment (Martinez, 2010).  From body cells to dendrites, the electrical charges exacted in this area of […]
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