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Making the grade on report cards: an ongoing debate

Making the grade on report cards: an ongoing debate | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The debate over letter grades on report cards for elementary school students has been brewing in B.C. for at least the past two decades and probably much longer.
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How Should Learning Be Assessed?

How Should Learning Be Assessed? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Amidst the outcry against standardized testing, professor Yong Zhao encourages taking a moment to re-examine other ways to assess student learning.
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Points over Practice?

Points over Practice? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
This post is written as a precursor to my session on homework at next week's Pearson-ATI Summer Conference You'd think by now we'd have the whole homework thing figured out. Should it be assigned? ...
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How often do we count points on students' learning? If we want accurate summative assessment and formative assessment that drives learning forward, we need to rethink this focus on points.
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Your #ADHD Students Suffer from More Than Just Trying To Sit Quietly | Upside Down Education

Your #ADHD Students Suffer from More Than Just Trying To Sit Quietly | Upside Down Education | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
An insightful post from a teacher who has ADHD.
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How do we best support our intense students... Students like Amanda?
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Should We Stop Making Kids Memorize Times Tables? - US News

Should We Stop Making Kids Memorize Times Tables? - US News | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Stanford professor criticizes New York state's interpretation of Common Core math standards.
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There has been much dialogue in our school recently on the use of drills to teach math. I think we can all agree that math facts are important so the debate is more about HOW to best teach math facts. This articles looks at some research out of Stanford as well as some thoughts from someone who supports timed drills. 

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Speed drills teach kids to hate math - Futurity

Speed drills teach kids to hate math - Futurity | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Timed drills and rote memorization won't make kids better at math, says an education expert. In fact, they can make math more difficult by raising anxiety.
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An article to spur dialogue on confidence, anxiety and reflections on our classroom practice.

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Maximizing the Impact of Teacher Collaboration | Education.com

Maximizing the Impact of Teacher Collaboration | Education.com | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
One hallmark of many high-performing schools is the success its teachers have had in creating what is known as a professional learning community.
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Some key points about making the most of time during collaboration. Thank you, Sandi T, for sharing. 

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It's all about CONFIDENCE!

It's all about CONFIDENCE! | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
It’s all about confidence…everything else is just details.  The book Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End by Rosabeth Moss Kanter is, without question, one of the most i...
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Tom Schimmer shares the importance of confidence in learning. 

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School Culture and Mental Health #BellLetsTalk

The #BellLetsTalk hashtag has been a great initiative to not only raise money for mental health initiatives in Canada, but to promote conversations about the topic amongst individuals.  Our underst...
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An important post with some simple yet powerful ideas to help with school culture and mental health.

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Easing Holiday Stress

Easing Holiday Stress | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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A must read article discussing the holiday season and all the joy... and challenges this can bring in the classroom. We don't want to be a scrooge but also keep in mind that too much excitement can put kids over the edge.  Article includes some valuable advice.

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"Schooling is Not a Natural Act"

"Schooling is Not a Natural Act" | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Seymour Papert writing in The Children’s Machine in 1993: “Schooling is not a natural act. Quite the contrary: The institution of School, with its daily lesson plans, fixed curriculum, standardized...
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What happens when the focus is too much on the technical aspect of school?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 5, 2014 1:03 PM

As much as some things change, things remain the same. The impact on change in School based on the use of digital technologies has been minimal. The other point is focused on the question about what makes the change in medicine good?

 

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9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning...
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Although targeted for parents, a great read for educators to help us better understanding to help students with anxiety.
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Write About - Writing Prompts and Social Publishing for the Classroom

Write About - Writing Prompts and Social Publishing for the Classroom | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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A teacher friend of mine, John Spencer, has created this site as a way to encourage joy in writing in the classroom. Take a look, try the free option and share it with your students. 

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Driving Me To Think: Slow Down

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A great reminder for us as teachers and learners
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You're not the boss of me! Rethinking Self-Regulation and Assessment for Learning

You're not the boss of me! Rethinking Self-Regulation and Assessment for Learning | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Article on the importance of clarity, purpose and ownership in learning (and how assessment for learning is essential for this).
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Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
'If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it weren’t?'
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Although Kohn has his critical tone in this article... There are many points to consider reflecting upon. Thank you to Victoria for sharing!
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Curing the Reading GERM by Jim Bailey

Curing the Reading GERM by Jim Bailey | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Four years ago I was ready to leave education.  I loved my school, I loved my principal, I loved my colleagues, and most of all I loved my students.  Unfortunately, I was infected with a GERM, as P...
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How a school moved from forced reading to a love of reading.

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.
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Another article that discusses alternatives to a practice that can have an impact on student confidence and anxiety. Would love your thoughts.

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Using the Classroom Walk-Through as an Instructional Leadership Strategy | Education.com

Providing effective instructional leadership is one challenge that every principal faces. In addition to managing schedules, hosting assemblies, and
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What is the value of a walk-through? Some good insights on the value of quick observations of each other and follow up conversations. Thank you, Sandi T, for sharing.

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Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Case for Confidence

Using Assessments Thoughtfully:The Case for Confidence | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Tom Schimmer explores the relationship between assessment and confidence. 

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Allowing students to deeply understand assessment.

Allowing students to deeply understand assessment. | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
ABOUT THE AMARYLLIS
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Although this is an example of grade 6 learning, it shows the depth that goes into co-constructing criteria and self & peer assessment. 

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35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
by Anne Josephson, 24 July 2014 "He's 'just' a coach." "She's 'just' a teacher." These are two sentences that make my blood pressure spike to the point that I get a little dizzy. Managing approxima...
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Many great points about effective teaching (and coaching).
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Is the Feedback You’re Giving Students Helping or Hindering? | Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center

Is the Feedback You’re Giving Students Helping or Hindering? | Learning Sciences Dylan Wiliam Center | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Dylan Wiliam and Learning Sciences International provide professional development to help schools increase student achievement through TLCs, programs, technology, and embedded formative assessment.
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The most important thing about feedback... Is what students do with it. A great read on feedback, grades, and rankings.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 5, 2014 1:00 PM

It is important to have effective feedback based on healthy pedagogic relationships

 

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.
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Some ideas to help intermediate students get unstuck.

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Extending Interactive Writing Into Grades 2–5 - Roth - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library

Extending Interactive Writing Into Grades 2–5 - Roth - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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An idea on how to encourage the writing process in grades 2-5. On the page, click "get PDF" to read the full article.

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Dear Parent: About THAT kid...

Dear Parent: About THAT kid... | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Dear Parent: I know. You're worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The on...
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There is a story behind every child's struggles and strengths... And much of this can only be discussed with the parents of the child.
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RichardBulpittSchool 's curator insight, November 21, 2014 2:32 AM

Important for us as teachers to include those students that are sometimes the hardest to include.