Thursday, July 25, 2013

Writing Mini-Lessson in Kindergarten

This is an excellent example of modeling writing in front of students in kindergarten. I would recommend spelling the words correctly for students unless you circle suspect words --- meaning you suspect you spelled them wrong.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Countdown for Teachers Answers

Hi Cheryl,

Thank you so much for sharing Countdown and for the feedback!  We really appreciate it.

I have addressed your questions below:

How do teachers register if they're in a private or a charter school?
If the teacher is trying to register with a private or charter school, they will have to contact us directly so that we can add the school to our database if they cannot find it.  Right now our database has support for public schools and some charter schools, but we are more than happy to add schools so that they are available in the application.

Also, do you plan to add more grade levels and science standards soon? 
We are going to be adding all grade levels (K-12) to Countdown within the next few weeks.  We are currently going to be supporting the math and ELA standards first and then we are going to focus on science once they become available.

One last question, can teachers upload some of their own objectives and use standards more than once.
Right now, objectives can be used more than once.  One the Plan page, there is a box above the objectives where the teacher can select from "checklist" or "all".  The "all" option allows teachers to use an objective more than one day.  We do not have the add objective feature available yet, but we have it on our timeline for features that we want to add next.

Let us know if you have anymore questions.  

Take Care,

Matthew Rantz
Co-Founder & CTO

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Differentiate Partners with the Easy to Use Template

Differentiate Partners with this easy to use PowerPoint template. Pages are hyperlinked so teachers can easily instruct students to work in partners with minimal management required.
Students only see names on the screen, but the teacher has a ‘key’ as to how the partners were made [see example below].

If the teacher calls for 3 partners to work together (see key below), he automatically knows that he needs to work with the four-six early-readiness students because they will need more support.

Partners --- Teacher's Key Example
8:00: Student Selected Partner (Heterogeneous)
9:00: Peer Tutor (ER paired with R; R paired with AR)
10:00: Student Selected Partner (Heterogeneous)
11:00: Similar Abilities Paired Together (ER paired with ER, R with R, AR with AR – Homogeneous)
12:00: Student Selected Partner (Heterogeneous)
1:00: Similar Abilities Paired Together (Homogeneous)
2:00: Student Selected Partner (Heterogeneous)
3:00: Math (Homogeneous – Similar Abilities Paired)
4:00: Reading (Homogeneous – Similar Abilities Paired)
5:00: Science Peer Tutor
6:00: Similar Abilities Paired Together (Homogeneous)
7:00 Student Selected Partner (Heterogeneous)

Partners for Susie Q.
8:00: Johnny
9:00: Jennifer
10:00: Matthew
11:00: Harrison
12:00: Sandra
1:00: Kevin
2:00: Cindy
3:00: Kurt
4:00: Sean
5:00: Faith
6:00 Brad
7:00 Kate