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About nathanseducation

I'm an educator with classroom and administration experience. I'm a husband and a father of three gorgeous children.

Three Lessons for Teachers from Grant Wiggins | ASCD Inservice

Inservice is the official blog of ASCD. An international education association, ASCD is dedicated to providing the resources that empower educators to support the success of each learner.

Source: Three Lessons for Teachers from Grant Wiggins | ASCD Inservice


Formative Assessment Is the Cornerstone of Differentiated Instruction | ASCD Inservice

This is a good article on using formative assessment to differentiate instruction.

“Teachers should ask themselves this question every day: ‘What are we learning today?'”

Formative Assessment Is the Cornerstone of Differentiated Instruction | ASCD Inservice.


Eight weeks ago my wife gave birth to our fourth child, a gorgeous little boy. What a beautiful time, experiencing new life, love and family. How do you manage your time though. I found myself today going to the fridge to organise lunch at work, only to be reminded that it’s not lunchtime. Feeling tired and trying to stay on top of everything that needs to take place in the home and at work is interesting and often very difficult and sometimes we just completely lose track of time. As I am feeling stretched with time and my use of time, I began to think about the students in our care at school, and for that matter my own children and their use of time. Are we trying to educate children in too much of a traditional way, the way we think they need to learn; but is that the best way for them to learn. In an age where children are engaged in video games while music is playing in the background on their iPod, text messages are flying back and forth on another device, and then at school we tell them to sit down quietly at a desk, in straight rows and we attempt to engage them in learning. I believe there is a better way and that schools are gradually moving in the right direction but is it quickly enough.

I recently watched this youtube clip which I found very interesting.

Making Inquiry Mobile – Apps for Inquiry Learning

Interesting model of inquiry linking apps to the inquiry process.


Inspired by the work happening at St Oliver Plunkett Cannon Hill  (which you can read about here), I decided to undertake further exploration into how iPads might support inquiry learning. A followup post will take this one step further, focusing on using the inquiry learning process to frame workflows to stimulate deep and authentic learning.

The model of inquiry I chose to use was the LADDER model, which I developed several years ago in an attempt to create a model which had an easy to understand language that both students and teachers could understand.

What is LADDER?

The LADDER model takes it name from the stages of the process, which are not linear, but iterative, as learners work through the process of creating responses to the inquiry question. The stages are:Launch, Access, Develop, Demonstrate, Evaluate and Reflect.


Linking apps to the inquiry process

Let’s examine each stage of the…

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10 ways to differentiate learning…

The need to differentiate is so great…

Art and Science of Teaching

Art and Science of Teaching

An intentionally consistent system helps ensure that all practitioners use terms in the same manner.

Information from an article in Educational Leadership, May 2013, by Robert J. Marzano.

Web 2.0 Collaboration

Web 2.0 Collaboration

Moving towards transformational tools in the classroom.