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The Wejr Board - Movement is NOT a Reward

The Wejr Board - Movement is NOT a Reward | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
…a blog about the present and future system of education.
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Would love your thoughts on my latest post on self-regulation.

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Day 2 at Vulnerable Readers Summit 2 (with images, tweets) · Garrioch

Tweets from presentations on day 2.
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Primetime: Putting the conditions for intrinsic motivation into homework in 2nd grade | Findings

Primetime is the name our second grade team uses for the home learning assigned to our students every Thursday. Primetime is our application of the concept of
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Are Grades Utterly Useless?

Are Grades Utterly Useless? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
One of my all-time favorite assertions about grading in schools comes from Grant Wiggins. He writes: "The most ubiquitous form of evaluation, grading, is so much a part of the school landscape tha...
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10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media | Big Ideas in Education

10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media | Big Ideas in Education | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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This article leads with concerns about the permanence of the Internet and safety concerns.

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See this interesting article about the concept of introduction of teaching the use of Social Networking sites in elementary schools.

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Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy-In

A close friend who works in a leadership role in a local school asked me an interesting question this week.  "I just want to build something that teachers can buy-in to that will help kids," she sa...
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A great post by my friend Bill Ferriter on implementing change.

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Dove Real Beauty Sketches

Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world wher...
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People are more beautiful than they think...

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Maple Ridge News - Maple Ridge schools say goodbye to A, B & D

Maple Ridge News  - Maple Ridge schools say goodbye to A, B & D | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Elementary teachers in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows can now choose a new grading system
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Love the focus on communication and student learning.
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What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate

What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Darling-Hammond: The reform impulse that gave rise to construction of new learning standards and assessments will only work if we invest in the capacity of educators to work together effectively.
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Silverback Learning's comment, April 11, 2013 10:20 AM
Collaboration among teachers improves student achievement, creates classrooms of learners and inspires creativity.
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And I love how it encourages us to seek the strengths within the school!
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Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
I've been reflecting a great deal lately about what I've learned (and continue to learn) about leadership and leading. I would like to share a few of these reflections here. During my nearly 8 year...
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Love this post by my fried Tia Henriksen that reminds us of the keys to educational leadership.
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Can't Focus...There's a Pill for That

The recent news about the number of youth diagnosed with ADHD is staggering, and should cause us all to reflect on what we do.
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Although a US article (where testing is rampant) some points to consider by my friend Peter Dewitt.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:07 PM

I watched a digital Ken Robinson presentation several years ago. He made a passing reference to using technology, but the bulk of his presentation discussed the stamping out of creativity in children as we diagnose and medicate more of them in the age of standardized tests. I mention the technology, because one person took that as being the thesis in the presentation and not the stamping out of creativity.

Chris Wejr's comment, April 7, 2013 11:32 PM
Yes, I think he touched more on it in his RSA video... using a map of the US.
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Unexplained Amazing | Krissy Venosdale {Venspired}

Unexplained Amazing | Krissy Venosdale {Venspired} | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 28, 2013 6:15 PM

Reading is still important. It is a place we can go and find the quiet we need to re-energize.

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Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation With Marc Landry (with tweets) · ChrisWejr

Half-day session at Kent School with occupational therapist, Marc Landry.
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We were privileged to have Marc come to our school Saturday and push our thinking around meeting the needs of all our students and helping them to find their optimal learning environment.

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Vulnerable Readers (with images, tweets) · @Garrioch

Tweets from #Summit2 in Victoria
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Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit

Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Could what looks like A.D.H.D. be a sleep disorder in disguise?
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The Outside Wave: On the road to somewhere...

The Outside Wave: On the road to somewhere... | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick | MindShift

Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick | MindShift | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
How to praise kids: It's a hot topic for many parents and educators. A lot of the conversation around it has stemmed from studies by Carol Dweck, professor o
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Educational Resources for Earth Day

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Teachers show how much they care one speed date at a time

Teachers show how much they care one speed date at a time | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
I hated parent-teacher conferences when I was a kid. I'd always dread when my parents returned home with the inevitable 'he's not applying himself' mantra.
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always good to share positive articles about teachers

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Changing the Conversation: Youth and Social Media

Changing the Conversation: Youth and Social Media | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
This past week a great dialogue started at a parent/community event hosted by my school board's Parent Involvement Committee. Based on the premise that social media is not going away, our school b...
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Another Shirt Day

Democracy works best when we have the leisure to do some hard thinking together. ~Deborah Meier~ Of all the issues we deal with as a school bullying is, by far, the most volatile a...
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A principal from Ontario shares some great reflection on "me first" school culture.
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10 Free Typing Practice Activities for Students

10 Free Typing Practice Activities for Students | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Dr. Ross Greene | Blog Talk Radio Feed - Using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems - Jan 23,2012 - FlumeCast

Dr. Ross Greene | Blog Talk Radio Feed - Using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems - Jan 23,2012 - FlumeCast | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Dr. Greene promised to do an entire program on how to use the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP), and here it is!
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Self- Regulation and Kindergarten

Studies show that children with the ability to self-regulate are more successful in school, and life. Stuart Shanker, a professor of philosophy and psycholog...
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