eResources for Teacher and Parent Education

Differentiation Short articles with links that provide ideas and strategies for differentiating instruction in the classroom. Short article that provides teachers with rationale for differentiation and implications for managing a classroom that is differentiated. Also includes information on co-operative learning and peer/self-assessment to help support the building of specific abilities and skills (which are also discussed). This site is awesome - take your pick (brain research, inquiry, differentiating strategies, etc.) The layout isn't the best, but it does take teachers through some KUD Objectives (Know-Understand-Do) as a means to help plan for any student, regardless of needs or mother-tongue challenges. A simple model for personalising learning. A descent sit that is brief and to the point, but which enables a teacher to delve into specifics (i.e. Differentiated Mathematics). Has links to other sources and ideas. Differentiating for Special Educational needs in the classroom. Gives teachers some insight into developing a balanced approach to classroom planning and instruction to support a range of students who maintain certain challenges and/or different styles of learning. Response to Intervention - making an argument for intervening early in a child's education to support their learning. This is one opinion...there are others. A basic model for developing greater differentiation within a classroom environment. A handy little site - it lists various strategies, gives you a brief explanation once you click on the strategy, and rates the startegy as Easy, Medium or Difficult. An awesome sight...strategies for differentiation that have been alphabetised.
Multiple Intelligences Light on theory, with some good practical documentation for helping with lesson and assessment development.  You need to join. Good site, with tests and checklists to observe students in class. Theory and Gardner background. Potentially excellent site to share with parents.  Lots of practical ideas and activities for school and home. MI Inventory – more detailed.
Bloom's Taxonomy Useful question tags for promoting thinking and conceptualisation in line with Bloom's Taxonomy. Very good for demonstrating how to frame questions according to different levels of thinking. More than just Bloom Theory – use the tabs at the top. Some basic suggestions – mostly good for further reading references.
Graphic Organisers – Display these in the rooms (get the kids familiar with different ways to organise and display their ideas) Good suggestions.  New variation on KWL chart too. Looks good particularly for English. Good resource for different organisers. May be worth becoming a member to print out the blanks. Once again, membership required – but ideas are free.
Inquiry-Research Models and Theory The Super 3 and Big 6 research planning processes - strategies and resources for helping students to plan and to organise an inquiry process. A good resource for finding additional materials and pedagogy concerning inquiry-based methodology and practice. A bit academic - more theory based. A brief site offering basic explanations, suggested steps to inquiry, other sources of info. Offers a series of 'on-line tutorials or workshops' free of charge ofr teachers - go at your own pace; variety of teacher-related topics. A model for a coopertative inquiry process. Its good particularly for younger students - assigns roles in the process which go towards evaluating Social Skills (i.e. adopting a variety of roles) as either a teacher observer, peer assessment, self-assessment and/or student-teacher conferencing. An excellent source of information on inquiry-based teaching and learning from a pedagogical perspective. Complete with Explanations, Demonstrations, Explorations and Implementation. Same site as above - talking specifically about the value of Webquests and how to plan and manage them with students.'Inquiry%20process' The Process Skills of Inquiry - A paper by Doris Ash that takes an in-depth look at the skills that are embedded within the process of inquiry. Outlines steps of the inquiry cycle, but also delves into the types of data that schools need to collect and evaluate.
Assessment Resources Literally, a bank of terminology to assist educators in understanding one another by affording them a common language re: assessment. A site that leads to links with respect to assessment policy and commentary from educational leaders. Available in both audio and in text. Informative. Various samples and explanations of graphic organisers - also available through the inquiry links. This site is also available on our inquiry links. On this page, they discuss assessment practice in a Q & A format. They also discuss rubric design to some extent. A good site all around. You need to register for this one also, but it will provide you with EVEN MORE rubrics and create ones according to criteria that you set. NSWBOS Assessment Resource Centre - Do you want to see how things are going back home? Interested in knowling the descriptors behind the alpha grades that are going to be used on reports? Then click here (work samples included). NSWBOS Assessment Resource Centre again (same site) but this deals specifically with K-6. Authentic Assessment Toolbox - Quite good, easy to use.