MIS Navigator

February Edition

Our Goal: To help you navigate all the strategies and tools we have available within MGSD and Mooresville Intermediate School!
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This Month's Focus: M-5 & M-6

M-5: Differentiation & Personalization
Students experience a personalized and differentiated learning environment, based on class and individual data, to ensure student understanding through remediation, instruction, and enrichment.


M-6: Maximize Instructional Time & Resources

Teachers design engaging lessons with a variety of instructional strategies, a focus on academic achievement, and an effective use of instructional time, resources and personnel.

M-5: Differentiation & Personalization

What is Differentiation & Personalization?

Differentiated vs. Individualized vs. Personalized
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What does it actually look like at MIS?

  • Use guided reading and math groups and strategies to meet students where they are
  • Provide lesson content in multiple modes, multiple times (video, kinesthetic, audio, visual, etc.)
  • Survey students to determine their learning styles and plan lessons/groups based on results
  • Use digital resources that personalize instruction (TenMarks, Newsela, Raz Kids, iReady, etc.)
  • Incorporate elements of choice and student voice in learning activities
  • Differentiate by content, process, product by readiness, level, interest
  • Regroup frequently and across multiple classrooms if needed to meet individual needs
  • Collaborate with parents to get to know a student's preferred and successful learning methods
  • Use choice boards for projects and assignments
  • Incorporate school specialists and instructional assistants to provide more 1:1 learning
  • Use adaptive release in Blackboard Learn to differentiate assignments
  • Build personalized content and resources using Symbaloo
  • Use stations and small groups to allow for more choice
  • Follow and understand IEPs to provide scaffolded support for learners
  • Provide tiered instructional resources (leveled readings, Blendspaces with different resources, etc.)
  • Plan enrichment and early finisher activities

Self-Paced PD

To explore more about this strategy, click HERE to check out some of the sessions that have been offered at previous Summer Institutes related to this strategy. Each one contains lots of strategies you can implement and resources you can use to improve your practice.

"Techify It!"

Additional Ideas:

PlayPosit & Educreations - Creating different videos to differentiate for students


Blendspace & Symbaloo - Create boards with specific resources and activities for certain learners or learning modalities. Individual learning tracks for students.

M-6: Maximizing Instructional Time & Resources

What does it mean?

  • Using the many resources (digital, paper, and people!) you have at your fingertips to create engaging and well-planned lessons for your students
  • Using your instructional time wisely

What does it actually look like at MIS?

  • Work with your PLC to break up instructional tasks and maximize each others' strengths
  • Co-teach with the ITF and Media Support to make sure that all students are engaged and on task
  • Use Sponge activities to soak up all instructional time and make smooth transitions between activities
  • Give clear, specific directions in both written and oral form so students know what to do next
  • Post time guidelines and timers or use student timekeepers to keep lessons on pace
  • Use student job roles to increase efficiency in group work
  • Have backup plans for when lessons don't go as planned, run short, or need to be adjustment
  • Establish classroom procedures and routines for class so students know what to do as soon as they come in
  • Organize and prepare materials/groups/directions in advance so you can teach bell to bell
  • Use MGSD Digital Resources to provide engaging, differentiated lessons with tools appropriate to the task
  • Enforce classroom rules, routines and procedures to minimize disruptions
  • Create and post a daily/weekly/unit plan for students and parents so they know how it all fits together
  • Use Brain Breaks, music, and movement for transitions to help students reset before a new task
  • The 6Ps (Proper prior planning prevents poor performance)
  • Use calendar, agenda, and digital organization tools to help students keep track of responsibilities
  • Eliminate busy work and choose meaningful learning activities
  • Plan activities for early finishers to avoid "I'm done, now what can I get into" syndrome

Educational Articles

Self-Paced PD

To explore more about this strategy, click HERE to check out some of the sessions that have been offered at previous Summer Institutes related to this strategy. Each one contains lots of strategies you can implement and resources you can use to improve your practice.

"Techify It!"

Additional Ideas:

Thinglink, SymbalooEDU, and Playposit: create flipped lessons of high interest. These programs house all resources needed for a lesson in order to increase time on task, etc.


Co-Teach with the IC or SLMC to make sure that all students are engaged and on task


Co-Teach with peers based on individual strengths and grouping across classrooms

MGSD Top Ten Tech Tools Focus

Spotlight #1: TenMarks and TenMarks Teach

Introduction to TenMarks

Spotlight #2: SymbalooEDU

Symbaloo Lesson Plans

Spotlight #3: PlayPosit