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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, PhD's curator insight, August 20, 2014 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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Sight Words Are so 2016: New Study Finds the Real Key to Early Literacy

Sight Words Are so 2016: New Study Finds the Real Key to Early Literacy | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The best indicator of future success as a reader is actually a child’s ability to use invented spelling as he writes.
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What is our focus for early literacy? This article points to the importance of invented spelling as an indicator of future success as a reader. Thank you to Sandi T for sharing.
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Multisensory Monday: B and D Letter Reversals - Think Ready Read

Multisensory Monday: B and D Letter Reversals - Think Ready Read | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Many students, especially those with  dyslexia, struggle with reversing letters.  While problems with letter reversals will never completely end for a truly dyslexic student, there are strategies that may lessen the frequency of reversals. One technique that has been beneficial for students is visualizing lowercase b and d on the… Continue reading
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A strategy to help students remember b and d. Thanks for the share, Sandi!
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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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A Self-Regulation Journey: One School’s Story

A Self-Regulation Journey: One School’s Story | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
About a year and half ago, I wrote about the great work that was being done at Alexander Elementary with, among other things, it’s school wide insistence on making everyone’s learning v…

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Great story of a staff working together for calmer, less cluttered learning environments.
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One school's examination of their classrooms and

routines in order to help students up or down regulate to be calm, alert, and ready to learn.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 19, 12:49 PM
The idea of limiting visual materials and the use of neutral colours was described by one of the teachers I interviewed. She is informed by Pestalozzi's work, which proposes that teachers begin the year with blank bulletin boards and put up student learning as it is produced. Another teacher described using alternative seating and comfortable areas in the classroom.
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Core Competencies… It’s not about the checklist.

Core Competencies… It’s not about the checklist. | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
I have been doing this thing called teaching for over 35 years and when I think about all the many learners, young and old, I have had the privilege to learn beside and with, I am humbled by their willingness and their abilities to take ownership of their learning and move to meaningful self-assessments when…
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A great reminder about bringing the core competencies to the forefront and the process of self-reflection around these. 
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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.

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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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