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The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports | Changing the Game Project

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports | Changing the Game Project | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The American youth sports system is mirroring our academic quagmire, where hyper-competitive adults are driving children down a path to nowhere. We need to make some basic changes to put our players first.
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A great read - is this a microcosm for society and youth?
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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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Using Visible Thinking Strategies in the Classroom; A Professional Development Series

Using Visible Thinking Strategies in the Classroom; A Professional Development Series | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Visible Thinking strategies are an excellent way to help your students deepen their comprehension. Download the See–Think–Wonder Thinking Routine.
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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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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

The 10 Musts of Classroom Management | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
10 Musts Classroom Management
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A brief, important read for reflection on behaviours in the classroom.
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Make Thinking Visible with the Zoom In Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Make Thinking Visible with the Zoom In Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Have students use the Zoom In Thinking Routine to increase their understanding of a topic and make thinking visible.
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Shelley Moore: Transforming Inclusive Education

Shelley Moore, of The University of British Columbia, is one of the Top 25 finalists in SSHRC's 2016 Storytellers challenge. The annual competitio
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Great analogy for inclusive education.
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