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Instructional Agility 

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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, 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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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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"Schooling is Not a Natural Act"

"Schooling is Not a Natural Act" | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Seymour Papert writing in The Children’s Machine in 1993: “Schooling is not a natural act. Quite the contrary: The institution of School, with its daily lesson plans, fixed curriculum, standardized...
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What happens when the focus is too much on the technical aspect of school?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 5, 1:03 PM

As much as some things change, things remain the same. The impact on change in School based on the use of digital technologies has been minimal. The other point is focused on the question about what makes the change in medicine good?

 

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9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning...
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Although targeted for parents, a great read for educators to help us better understanding to help students with anxiety.
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Write About - Writing Prompts and Social Publishing for the Classroom

Write About - Writing Prompts and Social Publishing for the Classroom | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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A teacher friend of mine, John Spencer, has created this site as a way to encourage joy in writing in the classroom. Take a look, try the free option and share it with your students. 

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Driving Me To Think: Slow Down

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A great reminder for us as teachers and learners
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Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst: Does Classroom Assessment Work?

Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst: Does Classroom Assessment Work? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
A good summary of the key aspects of formative assessment in the classroom.
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5 Ways to Improve School for Behaviorally Challenging Students

5 Ways to Improve School for Behaviorally Challenging Students | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Teachers, parents, and students enter each school year with anticipation and trepidation, perhaps especially so when a student has a history of behavioral challenges. Dealing with behaviorally challenging students and their parents has been identified as one of the greatest stressors for teachers, and student behavior problems are commonly cited as a leading factor causing teachers to leave the profession prematurely. In the U.S. and Canada, rates of office discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and (in 19 American states) corporal punishment, remain at astronomical levels.
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I love the work of Dr Ross Greene as his angle helps to change the lens in which we view children with challenging behaviours.  This is a concise list that can lead to deeper dialogue around this important topic.

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Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivating Young Adolescents

Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivating Young Adolescents | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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A great list of ideas from Rick Wormelli on how we can work to creat the conditions for students to be more motivated.
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Elementary school offers 'genius hour' to 5th grade students

Elementary school offers 'genius hour' to 5th grade students | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
During genius hour, students are able to dream up new ideas and inventions
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Love hearing the students talk about the power of free inquiry.
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The McDonaldization of Education: the rise of slow

The McDonaldization of Education: the rise of slow | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Slow.  I love this word, and yet it tends to have many negative connotations  in education. Which is too bad because it's the very philosophy we need to save our education system, and give kids the...

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Would love to talk more about this as a staff... how do we slow down and go deeper in our classes?   Society moves so quickly - how can we help each other and our students to slow down in our learning and thinking?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 6:19 PM

School's objective, as a subset of education, is not to create citizens and individuals. It involves the being and becoming of people, one person at a time. Teaching and learning are not flipping burgers by rote and fixed recipe. It is about engaging and meeting people where they are in their learning as people. This takes time and is patient work that can never be hurried. The late Ted Aoki used the word linger. David Jardine uses whiling over the worth of what we learn.

 

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The Secret of Effective Motivation - NYTimes.com

The Secret of Effective Motivation - NYTimes.com | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Must read article by Barry Schwartz. Too often in education we hear a "motivational" focus on grades, test scores, and future jobs in... While if we keep the focus on the internal drive of learning, it goes a lot further.
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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, 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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Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children - Association for Psychological Science

Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children - Association for Psychological Science | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Interesting study that also validates the work of Shanker on "visual clutter". We put so much effort into our classrooms to make them engaging... Do we put too much?
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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, 1:00 PM

It is important to have effective feedback based on healthy pedagogic relationships

 

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.
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Some ideas to help intermediate students get unstuck.

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Extending Interactive Writing Into Grades 2–5 - Roth - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library

Extending Interactive Writing Into Grades 2–5 - Roth - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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An idea on how to encourage the writing process in grades 2-5. On the page, click "get PDF" to read the full article.

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Dear Parent: About THAT kid...

Dear Parent: About THAT kid... | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Dear Parent: I know. You're worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The on...
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There is a story behind every child's struggles and strengths... And much of this can only be discussed with the parents of the child.
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RichardBulpittSchool 's curator insight, November 21, 2:32 AM

Important for us as teachers to include those students that are sometimes the hardest to include.

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Seth on Sorting

Seth on Sorting | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Much of what Seth Godin blogs about is food for thought, but every now and again he writes something that really strikes a chord with me and I need to put it in context. His recent piece on The was...
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Great post by Superintendent Chris Kennedy on questioning some of the meritocratic structures we have in schools that sort kids and possibly marginalize those that have the qualities needed to be successful beyond school.
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Assessment for learning - Research summaries - THE JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE

Assessment for learning - Research summaries - THE JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
This document provides a summary of research associated with assessment for learning. It reviews and evaluates the evidence emerging from empirical research and also the work of schools in recent years.
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Great summary on the research pointing to the power of a shift to more formative assessment
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 6, 11:46 AM

There has been a conversation about assessment for decades. It is not a recent phenomenon and dates back to Dewey. The challenge with School reform is that each new group thinks they are starting the conversation fresh.

 

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Rick Wormeli: Gradebooks - YouTube

How do you represent the evidence of students' learning in the differentiated classroom? Rick Wormeli, author of Fair Isn't Always Equal and Differentiation:...
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A good first step to move to a standards-based grading approach. Assessing outcomes rather than assignments.

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Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone's been telling them.
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The work of Carol Dweck has had a huge impact on education. How we provide feedback to kids is just one way of affecting mindset.
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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene....

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Cutting Edge-ucation: Assigning Optional Homework?

Cutting Edge-ucation: Assigning Optional Homework? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Scott and I have had a number of conversations recently and I truly admire his reflective nature as an educator. We often hear "we need to give homework to help prepare kids for high school" when, actually, there are a number of great educators rethinking homework. Although this Scott is a high school he brings up some great points and shares some action research he did in the area of "homework".
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Mrs. Wideen's Blog: Why I Abandoned Genius Hour

Mrs. Wideen's Blog: Why I Abandoned Genius Hour | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Some great reflections on inquiry in the elementary classroom.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 5, 1:07 PM

Students always need teaching regardless of age. It will look different with different students in a classroom and as students move on, but it is still essential.

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Anxiety 107 (a blunt approach to anxiety)

Anxiety 107 (a blunt approach to anxiety) | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Day 110 (of 184) Anxiety 107 (a blunt approach to anxiety) I have been asked a few times to explain how I handle anxious learners - a growing number ‘are appearing’ in our school (or just being bet...
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My friend Ian Landy wrote this... and shares an important perspective from both a father and an educator.  An important read as we can probably all think of a student, colleague, friend, or child that faces this.

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