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A Parent's Wishes for His Child's Teachers: Chris Kennedy at TEDxWestVancouverED - YouTube

Chris Kennedy is the father of four young children and the husband to an amazing woman. When not busy as a husband and father he is the Superintendent of Sch...
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Chris Kennedy, superintendent of West Van, shares his wishes for his children in schools. Well worth the 16 mins.
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Very powerful!

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Someone I've been following for some time.  Worth the share

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The power of positive identity

The power of positive identity | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
During April, SmartBlog on Education will shine a light on educating the whole child. In this blog post, we explore how messages affect students' social an
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Put kids in leadership roles. Embrace heir strengths. Watch their identities change and watch them flourish!
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TheWriteStuffTeaching: Positive Transitions: End of the Year Reflections

TheWriteStuffTeaching: Positive Transitions: End of the Year Reflections | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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A great resource for kids to reflect on their strengths and pass it on to next year's teacher.
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Stressed Out?

Stressed Out? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
I recently finished Eric Jensen's book Teaching With Poverty in Mind. It changed my thinking in a number of ways, but one thing that stuck me as I read his book was the impact of chronic stress o...
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Such an important read by my friend Darcy Mullin. Stress has a huge impact on development. How can we, as educators and parents, help?
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Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits

Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
ou’re in the boardroom with your team, everyone is brainstorming ideas, and the whiteboard is turning into a work of erasable-marker art. But you’re reluctant to add creative input, even in a space designed to be free from judgment.

Via Creativity For Life, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Gino Bondi
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Although this is about business, there are some key links to some hurdles to overcome in our schools.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 21, 9:36 PM

In a day and age of more connectivity, is it not surprising that isolation appears on this list?

 

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#Mindfulness on the other hand as well as regular pauses, boost #creativity and #innovation!

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, June 18, 5:29 PM

Pessimism, fear, pressure, isolation, and narrow-mindedness all kill creativity - and all can be present in struggling schools.  No wonder America continues to have schools that year after year fail to succeed.  We need creative problem solving - therefore, we must build school cultures that minimize the fear, pressure, and pessimism that come with being in a struggling school.

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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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Bill Rounis's curator insight, May 14, 3:48 PM

Many great points that support coaching and teaching

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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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Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works.
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Lengthy but informative article that shows the value in a skills-based approach to behaviour support. I have observed and used this approach for a few years and seem great evidence of long-term success. Another reminder why we need to move away from the rewards-punishment approach.

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Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey | John Spencer's Blog

Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey | John Spencer's Blog | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Good article by John Spencer that shows that we are all at different stages of using tech and that we can work together to move toward using tech to enhance learning.
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Their Moment

Their Moment | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Josh Stumpenhorst is a teacher in Illinois that constantly inspires me.  I love his question - how do we help more children to have "their moment" in schools?

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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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