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Instructional Agility 

Instructional Agility  | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
By Tom Schimmer For an assessment to serve a truly formative purpose, it needs to cause some action by the teacher and students. In other words, the information gleaned must have the potential to i...
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I love the idea of keeping formative assessment more as a verb (action) and less as a noun (event). Tom is a friend of mine and has been huge in my shift as an educator.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 1, 2014 12:50 PM

All teaching and learning should be a verb and this includes assessing. Events are only nouns if we allow them to be. They end up as a point in time. Emmanuel Levinas used events to describe the continuous flow living assumes. Assessing is a hermeneutic process which involves navigating and mapping always new territory. We have never visited this point and event before and we cannot visit it again.

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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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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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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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An important post on labels we give.
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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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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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