About Franny McAleer

A lover of creativity, imagining, and tinkering, Franny McAleer is a mother, grandmother, author, teacher from kindergarten through twelfth grade, educational consultant, university instructor, and legislative liaison. In these roles she shares her passion for the creativity that she learned from her sons and students. As a mom, she learned the importance of her children’s interests and creativity to finding success, and consequently, integrated her students’ interests and strengths into everything she does -- teaching, playing, hiking, skiing, singing, building, drawing, or skipping on the playground. She is a believer in the limitless potential of creativity, nature, problem seeking and solving, and teamwork. Her passion for tinkering while learning is evident in her life and work!

EDDU 9507: Creativity and Innovation

Developing Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom:  There is an exciting shift happening in education as we are returning to creative, hands-on approaches to learning.  In this course, participants will learn and understand in a hands-on, collaborative learning environment how to successfully implement ways to infuse creativity and innovation in the classroom. Participants will explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education and the Maker Movement as pathways to provide meaningful learning opportunities in schools. 


Artful Teaching: Think, Learn and Teach in Color!


Artful Teaching:  Think Learn and Teach in Color brings six colors to our teaching palettes with SIX THINKING HATS®.   While providing a simple and practical strategy, SIX HATS® provides an artistic approach to teaching thinking in all academic areas and everyday life.  It is a powerful, research-based thinking tool that improves listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The colors and hats provide an engaging visual image that is easy to learn and remember. When we SEE our THINKING, we become more focused and productive. The game and role-playing nature of the hats compliment how the brain works  The HATS are fun and effective to wear everyday, everywhere!   So, contact Frannymcaleer@learnerslink.com for the research and to bring the SIX THINKING HATS® to your school or organization!


Dr. Robert Benson, Arts Curriculum Leader and Principal at Foothills Fine Arts Academy in Arizona applauded the February, 2016 workshop as he interacted with his teachers throughout the day.  His reflection …”I have never seen such immediate use of a strategy!”

Teri Haugen, Teacher at Foothills Fine Arts Academy in Arizona reflected…”Your presentation today was inspiring, engaging, and fabulous; you were perfection from beginning to end!  Six Hats is going to be a perfect fit for our school, and I have already heard from several colleagues that they are ready to begin implementation. I cannot wait to see what we, as a staff, do with this and for your next in-service to focus on the green hats.  I can’t wait for what will happen in the future!”

This allowed not only the teacher but the students to be in charge of the questioning.  I believe this will lead to more student-led instruction/learning and more engagement.  It also provides opportunities for students to take control of their own learning.  This was very useful and helpful!  Teacher, K-8, Foothills Fine Arts Academy, Arizona

I believe that this strategy, Six Thinking Hats, will help our school increase the level of cognition!  I am already thinking of ways to move lower level, comprehension-based assignments to problem or project-based learning.  Teacher, K-8,  Foothills Fine Arts Academy, Arizona

I loved it, and I believe this type of teacher instruction is highly valuable to my instruction and to our school.  Continue to offer us DOK 3 in-services to help both my students and myself continue to grow and develop in this area!  Teacher, K-8,  Foothills Fine Arts Academy, Arizona

Effective Teaching and Learning

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franny.mcaleer@gmail.com or text 724-413-6001

Engaging, practical, classroom tested strategies for improving instruction and student achievement will give teachers tools to take back to their classrooms and see results immediately. This session can be customized based on your school or district’s needs. Effective teaching strategies might come from John Champlin’s Success Connection, Charlotte Danielson’s Domains (1) Planning and Preparation, (2) Classroom Environment, (3) Instruction, and (4) Professional Responsibility, or from the classroom and university teaching experiences of Franny McAleer.

Celebrate why we love teaching!

A day long, interactive, workshop featuring Professionalism, Charlotte Danielson’s Domain 4.  Teachers will celebrate why they became educators, what they love about their careers, and learn reflective practices that will sharpen their skills.

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Effective Teaching and Learning

Using the Effective Instructional Strategies Table, build a workshop to meet the needs of your faculty.  Email Franny, franny@learnerslink.com, ten strategies from the table, and she will create a workshop that will engage and energize!

Effective Instructional Strategies Table


Differentiating Instruction

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

franny.mcaleer@gmail.com Text 724-413-6001.

We have students in our classrooms who struggle academically and others who learn at an advanced level and accelerated pace.  We can meet the needs of all learners by differentiating instruction.  This workshop provides an understanding and application of the principles and strategies needed to set up a classroom that provides success and challenge for academically diverse students.  All students are regularly offered CHOICES.  Based on the student’s readiness levels, interests, and learning profile, we modify the content, process, product and/or learning environment.  Differentiating instruction makes teaching more interesting and effective as YOU meet the needs of your students.

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Differentiation Framework: 7 Keys to Differentiating Instruction Desk Reminder


Interests/Passions Learning Profiles

Student Learning Objectives


Tiered Curriculum by Readiness, Interest and Learning Profile in Math, Science and Language Arts


Process: Bloom’s Hierarchy for questioning and learning objectives

Process: Bloom and DeBono

Product: Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences

Learning Environment

An Analogy – If the Animals Had a School Templates for Differentiating Instruction

WEBINAR:  Differentiating-Instruction-Webinar (click to download a powerpoint presentation)

Differentiation Topics

Language Arts



Social Studies

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Teacher and Parent Resources

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Resources and Activities for Students