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For students and educators, the GoAnimate website provides easy and fun access to animation. Videos offer choice in student learning and product as well as an opportunity for teachers to make short instructional videos. For example, students could make a video about essential skills or conflict resolution. The basic package is free and will satisfy classroom needs.
This is a really fun site to help students work on and strengthen their reading and writing skills. If you have students working on paragraph writing, news stories, or letters, this is a good place for them to visit. Reading strategies are also a focus. The format is tongue-in-cheek and straight-forward.
Over the last decade, Ontario has had great success increasing high school graduation rates and sending more graduates on to university, college, or apprenticeships. But some students still do not share equally in that ...
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This People for Education Blog poses interesting questions about applied and academic classes and "streaming," a topic which has been in the news of later. Look for the article by R. Sagro about the powerful impact of optimism and efficacy on student achievement.
These are terrific resources for teaching a growth mind set to your students. You will find lessons, reading materials and powerpoints. Consider starting off September by showing students that their intelligence is malleable and that success will come with effort. Increased motivation and higher achievement could be the result!
For Blended Learning: This site contains more than 125 online courses which can be used for blended learning. The courses have been drawn from the OERB, and are organized by course, unit and expectation. The many interactive games and assessments are of special interest.
When you access this website, choose "eLearning Ontario" (Not our school board). To view lessons, enter the username "preview_catholic" The password is "preview"
To sign up for a blended learning course contact Michele Faux, the Board's e-learning consultant.
This is the DDSB's Learn at Home Program which contains numerous independent study courses for "learning at home." Your student success teacher can provide the password to access the materials which include expectations and answer keys. These may be useful materials to help students who are recoverying credit expectations.
On pages 84-89 of the Growing Success Document, you will find the Ministry Expectations around Growing Success. Clear connections are made between Credit Recovery, effective assessment and evaluations, and student success.
These workplace based activites measure literacy, numeracy and document use skills. Students can use everday documents such as purchase orders, memos and recipes to practice and test their skills. The site includes tips for teachers, as well as links to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and career information sorted by NOC (National Occupation Classification) codes.
The Ontario Skills Passport is a comprehensive and very useful site. The focus on Essential Skills and Work Habits makes the site especially relevant to GLD2O. Videos, games, and lesson plans help make direct connections between skills and habits and the workplace.
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.
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This Education Week article is a good introduction to Growth Mindset for teachers. In addition to examples of classroom comments that can encourage - or discourage - a growth mindset, the article includes two audio clips of classroom instruction with a growth mindset on the agenda. You can also take the mindset quiz!
Edugains is chock-full of information and resources developed by the ministry of education to support educators in literacy, numeracy, differentiated instruction and collaborative inquiry. The site requires some patience to navigate,but the effort is worth it. You will find videos, documents, and lesson plans to support your work.
A new study in the journal Child Development shows that if you teach students that their intelligence isn't fixed — that it can grow and increase — they do better in school.
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Psychologist Carol Dweck studies what we think about our ability and the ability of others - and the impact our thinking can have. She has written a book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," which addresses here believe that "The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed. What’s more, Dweck has shown that people can learn to adopt the latter belief and make dramatic strides in performance." (Stanford Magazine at http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/ age/magazine/ article/?article_id=32124). In the article above, Michelle Trudeau explores the idea of Growth Mindset and student grades.
Homework Help is a free online math help resource for students in Grades 7-10 which includes live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers. Teachers and students can access "best" sessions, interactive tutorials, and "listen and learn" sessions. Homework Help is a partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Education and TVO ILC.
Students need their OEN and DOB to register or to retrieve their profile. If registered already, they will see Username and can click "Change Password" to give themselves a new password.
Hundreds of recorded tutoring sessions/seminars are available through the tab "Best Sessions"
This 2007 memorandum from Kristen Parker, a Director of Student Success, answered questions about credit recovery. Although most of these questions have been addressed again in Growing Success, this memo is foundational.
This is the "OERB," the Ontario Educational Resource Bank, which contains many teaching materials and lessons broken down by expectation. You will find many fun and interactive activities on this site. Check with the student success teacher in your school for the password to this site.
The Think Literacy Library contains documents which contain research and evidence based literacy strategies which are presented through subject specific and cross-curricular approaches. A Learning Strategies Think Literacy document is included. The resource has been around for a while, but remains relevant and accessible. Check out pages 1-40 of "Think Literacy: Cross-Curricular Approaches, Grades 7-12" as well as the Think Literacy Document for students who are in positions of risk.
Course descriptions, expectations, achievement charts, etc., for Learning Strategies Courses (GLS1O, GLS4O, GLE1/2/3/4,) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD2O, GLN4O,) can be found on this site. A quick click will take you to the Social Science and Humanities document where you will find HIP3E (managing personal resources)
The Live Safe Work Smart website focuses on workplace safety and is jam packed with interactive resources for students and teachers, including a collection of resources for students with special needs. The Passport to Safety, Health and Safety 101, and Young Workers Awareness programs are all worth a look!
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