Josh Bornstein

“The Digitability curriculum is uniquely suited for our programs serving transition-age students. It addresses prerequisite skills related to employability and independent living — and all in the context of preparing our students to be responsible and informed digital citizens.” “I was extremely impressed by the quality of the professional development that was provided as part…

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Showcase: Digitability & PA OVR Partner to Launch Digitability’s Work-ready Skills Program in Philly

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Digitability & PA OVR Launch Event with the School District of Philadelphia Overview Impact Statements Event Video Event Pictures Press Coverage Take Action Overview Digitability & PA OVR Launch Event with the School District of Philadelphia   Showcase Page Overview Section Content:   On January 2nd, 120 special educators from 18 Philadelphia School District schools…

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Self-Advocacy

“Speak up so I can hear you!” How to help students communicate their needs. Communication: In order to empower our students, we need to teach them how to advocate for themselves. For example, if a student is going to be late, they need to email you and let you know. Or if the student is…

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Increasing Assistance

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“Is the Word You’re Thinking About Called Prom…” How to use prompting to increase the probability that a desired behavior will occur. In this example, the teacher’s practice of increasing assistance comes from a wider understanding of prompting, which she uses throughout the lesson in order to guide students to a correct answer. Prompting: is…

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Differentiation

“One size doesn’t fit all!” How to use differentiation in your instruction Differentiation is tough, but an integral part of teaching. Differentiation is made up of the adaptations that educators use to instruct a diverse group of students with diverse learning needs in the same environment. The teacher in this video uses differentiation to modify…

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Increasing Attendance to a Task

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“It looks like you are listening!” Helping students increase their attendance to a task Increasing attendance is the effort to make the rate rise with participation and engagement within a classroom setting. The increase in attendance can be managed by using different techniques of teaching that seem to work the best in your students work…

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Probing Questions

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“Why do you think it’s important to know how to use email in a work setting?” Using Probing Questions During Informal Assessment   Probing Questions are often open questions created to elicit anecdotal experiences from participants or assess their comprehension of newly delivered content. Probing questions could be questions for clarification, debatable questions, and the…

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Accessing Prior Knowledge

“I know that you know…” Accessing prior knowledge to make new connections   What does, accessing prior knowledge mean? Accessing prior knowledge is when a teacher connects personal experience or background knowledge to the new content, leading to an increase in comprehension. This connects some of the new concepts being discussed to learned knowledge from…

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Knowledge of Student

“Smarty pants!” Making connections using background knowledge of students. Demonstrating knowledge of students is imperative for connecting content to the intricate profiles of students: Teachers don’t teach content in the abstract; they teach it to students. Teachers must know not only their content but also their students. Ms. Dawn, the teacher in this video, is…

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Peer Encouragement

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“Way to go, Robert!”  Peer Encouragement to Improve learning   To create a healthy, positive learning environment, teachers can foster behavior to increase peer encouragement. Here, when one student completes the group activity, the entire class is cheering him on. This teacher’s classroom is an environment that thrives on both individual and group merits. It…

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