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How to Raise a Reader: 5 Tips for Parents

How to Raise a Reader: 5 Tips for Parents | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
When my son Jack was in preschool, he read Charlotte’s Web aloud fluently to his classmates. When he was in kindergarten, he began disappearing into his room for a few hours every afternoon to read...
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Some ideas about how to encourage habits and joy in reading.
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Three Myths About “Reading Levels”

Three Myths About “Reading Levels” | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
AR levels? Lexiles? DRA2? “Leveled” reading programs are everywhere, but they are often misunderstood and misused, based on three very common myths about reading levels.
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Good food for thought... Balance a love for reading with skill levels.
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All The Methods I Learned In My Mathematics Degree Became Obsolete In My Lifetime

All The Methods I Learned In My Mathematics Degree Became Obsolete In My Lifetime | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
If you are connected with the world of K-12 mathematics education, it’s highly unlikely that a day will go by without you uttering, writing, hearing, o
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An article that shares the importance of number sense and why the more modern method of teaching math is an improvement to the way math was once taught. 
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Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed - NYTimes.com

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Mindset, feedback, self-worth... huge impact.
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The Brainy Benefits of Bedtime Stories

The Brainy Benefits of Bedtime Stories | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
This cozy ritual does more than prepare your child for sleep.
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Another great article to share with parents about the importance of bedtime stories.
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Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?

Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
What's the deal? Why don't teachers seem to care about spelling anymore?
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A good article on spelling and writing that can be shared with parents. 
 
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10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids | Psych Central

10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids | Psych Central | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
While adulthood is filled with serious responsibilities, childhood isn’t exactly stress-free. Kids take tests, learn new information, change schools, change
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Love the one that encourages us to use HOW questions instead of WHY questions. 
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Universal Design: Part 2 How does it work at School?

Universal Design: Part 2 How does it work at School? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
What if you could go to a school where everyone had an equal chance to learn in a way that reflected their abilities and preferences? What if that school designed its classrooms, learnin
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A great article to help us understand Universal Design and how we can use multiple pathways for student success. 
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Responding to Defiance in the Moment | Responsive Classroom

Responding to Defiance in the Moment | Responsive Classroom | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Children who defy us often get to the core of our fears as teachers. They make us question our abilities and provoke feelings of insignificance.
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These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading

These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
What works when you teach reading? These 18 teaching practices have been shown effective by reading researchers. Some are for beginning…
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Much of this builds on what we are already doing... some good reminders too.
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The Future Belongs to the Makers – John Spencer

The Future Belongs to the Makers – John Spencer | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The importance of nudging our kids to make and create things to develop skills that last well beyond their time with us.
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Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Books to Promote Critical Thinking

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Books to Promote Critical Thinking | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
With the re-designed curriculum in B.C., teachers are preparing to launch the school year with a lot to think about.
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The Starr Spangled Planner: 10 Ways to Support Students with Hyperactivity & Attention Needs

The Starr Spangled Planner: 10 Ways to Support Students with Hyperactivity & Attention Needs | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Some great ideas here - happy to say that we have all of these options at our school as they benefit ALL students.
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The 10 Musts of Classroom Management

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10 Musts Classroom Management
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A brief, important read for reflection on behaviours in the classroom.
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Guided Reading: How to Make Kids Hate (or Love) to Read

Guided Reading: How to Make Kids Hate (or Love) to Read | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Teachers should help students experience the joy of simply reading a great book. Justin Minkel shares guided reading strategies that help engage young readers by sparking their excitement.
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Researchers studied kindergarteners' behavior and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings.

Researchers studied kindergarteners' behavior and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings. | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Turns out, sharing really is caring.
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Academics are important.. but so are social skills! (via Mr. Maines)
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Is effective teaching more about good relationships than anything else?

Is effective teaching more about good relationships than anything else? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Carl Hendrick On the 3rd May 2015, Chelsea won the Premier League title with three games to spare. For manager Jose Mourinho, it was his 21st trophy, marking him out as the most decorated manager in recent club football history. In August he was rewarded with a multi-million pound contract that would see him at the club until…
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Relationships as the primary medium for success

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10 Simple Ways to Raise Kids Who Love to Read

10 Simple Ways to Raise Kids Who Love to Read | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Use these ideas to nurture your family’s love affair with books, and you’ll increase the odds of hooking your kids on a lifetime reading habit.
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Some great ideas to create a love of reading in the home and the classroom. 
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Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read

Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The more time first-graders spent sitting and the less time they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading
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Another article on the importance of movement and seating/standing options in classrooms.
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Calling for a "Timeout" on Rubrics and Grading Scales

Calling for a "Timeout" on Rubrics and Grading Scales | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
As we turn away from percentages and the 100-point scale in the modern education world and instead embrace rubrics and smaller grading scales, let's shed light on some of practices that are hitting or missing the mark.
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Rubrics are important but need to be used effectively. This article aligns with some of the conversations we have had recently around grading scales.
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Thinking about OUR THINKING

Thinking about OUR THINKING | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
"Metacognition" is a word brain scientists use to describe our thinking about our own thinking. Successful learners are aware of how they are thinking about new information, like when they are reading.
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Some good prompts for reading reflections/discussions that promote thinking.
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Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help

Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Middle school can be a bumpy road while kids figure out who they are. There are ways parents can help them navigate the choppy waters.

Via Shawn Davids
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A good article for parents and educators about helping your child not just for middle school but throughout K-12 education. 
 
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The dark side of classroom behavior management charts

The dark side of classroom behavior management charts | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
For a short time, these systems can be motivating. Over time, however, the rewards are no longer enough.
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I know behaviour charts are rare but this article should lead to some reflections on how we deal with challenging behaviours.
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Finland's Relaxed Approach to the First Day of School

Finland's Relaxed Approach to the First Day of School | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The global education pioneer eases students into the classroom.
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More perspectives to the conversations we had as a staff last year based on the question: What kind of experience do we want our kids to have in their first week?
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Why You Should Ignore Difficult Students The First Week Of School | Smart Classroom Management

Why You Should Ignore Difficult Students The First Week Of School | Smart Classroom Management | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Ok... maybe not "ignore" but a great reminder. 
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A Gay Danish?

A Gay Danish? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Ok, so this story is about my mom…well not completely, but it starts with her. But before I go further I should tell you a little bit about her. Imagine a 5’2 3/4” tall, cute, nice, 63 year old with great skin.
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