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Physical Education Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms in Chester Tayl...

A Tampa Bay Times article on May 3 describes how the physical education classes at Chester Taylor Elementary school in Pasco County, FL, are using the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom to make physical education classes “more academic.” The article noted that “more than just play a game, the children studied its history, calculated their statistics, designed […]

Rigor Through Convergence: Next Gen Science, ELA, and Math Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer an opportunity to build academic rigor in ELA and math. Schools tend to address content by subject, with separate programs and texts for each subject. The brain thrives on making connections. “To learn new knowledge, a person must build on information that is already stored in the brain” (Erica […]

#LATICinsights: Cultivating Rigor

When you first learn to design a Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, you are faced with the paradigm shift of launching each unit of study with an authentic, open-ended, real-world problem to solve. You start by thinking through the problems students could solve at the end of a five-week unit if they learned everything. Designing the problem-based task statement […]

Executive Function May Be the Missing Link

For too long, executive function has been a term used primarily among special education professionals to discuss deficits, ignored by mainstream educators as the path to achievement for all. Simply put, academic rigor refers to academic engagement that focuses on higher-order thinking and application. It is a door-opener for students! If students can thrive in […]