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The Wejr Board - Do We REALLY Believe in Inclusion?

The Wejr Board - Do We REALLY Believe in Inclusion? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
…sharing stories that reflect on the present & future system of education
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My latest post that shares observations and questions about a mindset of inclusion in society and education.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 30, 2014 12:27 AM

We want to belong and feel we make a difference. That does not happen in schools.

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Nine Free Video Writing Prompts to Spark the Love of Writing in Your Students | John Spencer

Nine Free Video Writing Prompts to Spark the Love of Writing in Your Students | John Spencer | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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9 quick video prompts to get your students writing.
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Assessments Must Build Efficacy

Assessments Must Build Efficacy | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Great insights and examples of how effective assessment strategies can build confidence and motivate.
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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -

Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? - | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Are You Teaching Content, Or Teaching Thought? by Terry Heick Thinking is troublesome. For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It...
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A good article to follow up on our staff discussion/reflection on the role of thinking in our school.
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What is the SAMR Model and what does it look like in schools?

Popularized by Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura, SAMR is a model for infusing technology into the learning experiences. Here is a short video explaining what it is an...
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A great 2 minute summary of the SAMR model and how technology can transform learning if used purposefully. 

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Dyslexia and Spelling: The Chicken or the Egg?

Dyslexia and Spelling: The Chicken or the Egg? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Rethinking spelling lists

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What do letter grades have to do with performance? | Leadership in Action by Jordan Tinney

What do letter grades have to do with performance? | Leadership in Action by Jordan Tinney | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
This post examines the relationship between letter grades and human performance. I argue that schools are one of the very few places in society that evaluate
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Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Surrey Schools, shares his big picture thoughts on the importance of feedback, rather than grading, beyond school.
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Bill Rounis's curator insight, January 10, 12:26 AM
A good look at reporting. This is a timely topic this year as the ministry of Ed looks into our Reporting order as the new curriculum is rolled out.
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Setting Up the Self-Regulated Classroom

Setting Up the Self-Regulated Classroom | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Although it’s the first day of school across British Columbia, here in West Vancouver our Kindergarten children do not start school until tomorrow.  Their Gradual Entry Program begins on Wednesday ...
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Some great ideas to try to help with visual and auditory clutter in the classroom.

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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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Five Questions About Feedback

Five Questions About Feedback | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Important questions to consider when reflecting on feedback in our assessment practices.
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Reading is Rewarding When There's No Reward for Reading | John Spencer

Reading is Rewarding When There's No Reward for Reading | John Spencer | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Healthy Homework Guidelines: A New Vision for Homework

Together we can transform homework and encourage schools nationwide to reexamine and reimagine homework practices to better support student engagement, healt...
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Interesting video to cause reflection on an important topic: homework and learning.
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Bill Rounis's curator insight, January 10, 12:23 AM
A worthwhile 5 min video around the rethinking of homework
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Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:First, Discover Their Strengths

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:First, Discover Their Strengths | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Great article about seeing the strengths in students with special needs. Looking at things from a neurodiversity model rather than a deficit model. A lens that works for ALL students. 

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Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 11, 2015 4:17 PM

Completely agree 100%. Students with disabilities deserve the same level of respect as any other student. Their classes and experiences in school should not be limited because they learn differently that what one would typically expect. I am a firm believer of giving students of all abilities that chance to shine in their school communities in anyway they can; maybe it's in a school store, or team manager, or maybe is delivering mail each day. Embrace all is my motto.

Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 19, 2015 8:38 PM

I have this posting in my classroom that says something to the effect of... The students who need your support the most, will ask for it in the most unloving of ways.  Students with disabilities or even students who just struggle behaviorally can change the course of a classroom lesson in minutes. But they do belong and there is a place in our schools for everyone. It is critical that we find the goodness in every student- to play on their strengths so that they can thrive in their learning. It is important they be included in education to meet their needs in the least restrictive way. Does it mean stepping outside of the box? Yup. It means using our skills and knowledge to make learning equitable for every student.

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10 Self-Reg Lessons Learned, by Dr. Stuart Shanker - The MEHRIT Centre

10 Self-Reg Lessons Learned, by Dr. Stuart Shanker - The MEHRIT Centre | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
1. Build a relationship: self-regulation is only made possible, and proceeds from a strong relationship. 2. Keep your eyes on the target: the focus, when we’re working on self-regulation, has to be on the self-regulation itself and not some secondary problem that may have arisen from or been exacerbated by an excessive stress load. 3.... Read more »
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A concise list that is a great conversation starter.

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To Grade or Not To Grade

To Grade or Not To Grade | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Nicholas Provenzano tackles the grading question and isn't sure what to make of it. Instead of throwing it all out as I'm inclined to do, he considers feedback, but isn't ready to abandon tradition. Read on to hear about his struggle. Where do you fit in the continuum?
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Rather than abolishing grades, let's put the focus on feedback and nudge from there. 

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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, 2015 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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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2015 2:53 PM

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

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, June 18, 2015 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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