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After many failures, half-successes, and mid-unit surrenders I think I’ve finally figured out a solid way to incorporate differentiation into my project-based group engineering units.  I think this kind of timeline could work with any long-term project-based unit. First, here is a broad outline of my recent Wind Turbine Unit. Define the objectives, criteria, and […]

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I am a big fan of technology. My students are on MacBooks almost daily researching, writing, creating presentations, collaborating on Google Drive, collecting data with digital probes, and analyzing it in Excel.  But after a month of whiteboarding, I have to say that a set of 24 x 36 inch sheets of shower board from […]

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I recently tweeted this image of the most recent standards-based progress report I designed for my engineering class. First some history. The inspiration for this report came from the great standards-based grade book ActiveGrade.  I started the year excited about using ActiveGrade instead of JupiterGrades (my school’s web-based grade book).  I liked the fact that ActiveGrade […]

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In my last post I shared my plan for trying to get better feedback from my assistant principal’s observation.  Well the observation was this past week and I’d say it went well.  Based on our post-observation conversation, my AP definitely kept my requests for questions in mind and gave me some good feedback and advice […]

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Last week, while students were writing design reports I asked them to use Google Docs to ask for specific feedback on their work as they did it.  See this post and this post for details.  That got me thinking.  If asking for specific feedback is a good way to improve performance, then I should be […]

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