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New Alexandria high school rethinks the classroom

New Alexandria high school rethinks the classroom | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
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Core Competencies… It’s not about the checklist.

Core Competencies… It’s not about the checklist. | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | 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 really nice look at how this school is approaching the topic of core competency.
 
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Responding to Defiance in the Moment | Responsive Classroom

Responding to Defiance in the Moment | Responsive Classroom | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | 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. But when we rise above our own feelings and find developmentally appropriate ways to respond to these students, we offer them a path to success and a model of how to get along in the world.
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Some keys to plan ahead when you encounter this type of behavour.
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The Starr Spangled Planner: 10 Ways to Support Students with Hyperactivity & Attention Needs

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Kids Do Well if They Can Ross Greene #1

This is the most important theme of Collaborative Problem Solving: the belief that if kids could do well they would do well. In other words, if the kid ha

This is the most important theme of Collaborative Problem Solving: the belief that if kids could do well they would do well. In other words, if the kid ha

 
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Collaborative Problem solving is the link to personalized learning for our students.  Every educator needs to see this series from Dr Ross Greene
 
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Some Amazing TED Talks on How to Be A Leader ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some Amazing TED Talks on How to Be A Leader ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
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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 Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | 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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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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Chris Wejr's curator insight, September 21, 2015 9:02 AM
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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AnxietyBC

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Online resource providing self-help information, community programs and workshops in British Columbia, resources for parents, caregivers treating anxiety disorders, stress, depression, panic attacks. CBT, OCD, PTSD, GAD.
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Great website for anxiety support. Check out the mindset videos.
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Glossary of Hattie’s influences on student achievement

Glossary of Hattie’s influences on student achievement | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
“RT @mrsj1001: Hattie's top ten... what can we work on to improve student learning? #sccdsb http://t.co/J5GaC5Rg7r”
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Hattie's top 10 defined.
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Bring on the learning revolution!

Bring on the learning revolution! | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
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Everyone in education has to see one of Ken Robinson's talks.  Also worth seeing his talk on Creativity and Death Valley.

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Sesame Street: Me Want It (But Me Wait) - YouTube

Cookie Monster spoofs Icona Pop's hit song "I Love It" in this hilarious new video! Cookie Monster, the poster-child for someone needing to master self-regul...
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Great video to watch about the process that a student goes through at they get better at self-regulation and executive functioning.

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Personalization and an emphasis on competencies: How B.C.’s new education plan will shape our students’ expectations

Personalization and an emphasis on competencies: How B.C.’s new education plan will shape our students’ expectations | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
Passion, purpose and personalization are three elements that public school (K-12) students view as fundamental to the ideal education system of the future. These are some of the core findings of a ...
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This is a similar presentation Jan Unwin gave early May 2015 at Dover Bay
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John Hattie: Visible Learning Pt1. Disasters and below average methods. - YouTube

Part 1 of edited highlights of a talk given by John Hattie who has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of ov...
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Every author must read his book or at least watch these videos.
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What is the Difference between Standards-Based Grading (or Reporting) and Competency-Based Education? « Competency Works

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A really good description of the two types of assessment.  As we move towards SBG especially in the middle and also even high school grades.  This article supports that direction.  
 
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Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether

Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
Curriculum reforms being introduced in Finland from 2016 will set aside time for 'phenomenon-based' learning across subjects.
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Getting Started Making And Programming With LEGO Robotics

Getting Started Making And Programming With LEGO Robotics | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
“ For years, LEGO has been at the forefront of innovative building kits for young makers and creators. Always looking for new ways to keep kids building and experimenting, LEGO has gone far beyond the static blocks we are all familiar with. From LEGO City kits to LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Technic, and even LEGO Minecraft kits, there really is something LEGO for every age, skill level, and interest. But the jewel in the ever-growing crown of the LEGO universe just may be the addition of LEGO robotics, and the maker sensation that is the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 building kit and programming platform.”
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Here's a good heads up as to what this is all about. Coming to all sd47 schools this spring
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What is Appreciative Inquiry? (AI) by Dr. Lynn K. Jones Coach and Organizational Consultant

http://www.lynnkjones.com What is Appreciative Inquiry? (AI) Dr. Lynn K. Jones Coach and Organizational Consultant Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a chang
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The puzzle of motivation

The puzzle of motivation | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
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really interesting talk about how to apply motivation

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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 Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
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our staff has recently been talking about motivation especially around extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.  an interesting and timely read

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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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A worthwhile 5 min video around the rethinking of homework
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Chris Wejr's curator insight, November 15, 2015 12:03 PM
Interesting video to cause reflection on an important topic: homework and learning.
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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 Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | 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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More and more I'm seeing anxiety in schools. Some keys here worth the read.
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Chris Wejr's curator insight, November 30, 2014 2:34 PM
Although targeted for parents, a great read for educators to help us better understanding to help students with anxiety.
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Reading 101: The Basics of Teaching Reading | Reading Rockets

Reading 101: The Basics of Teaching Reading | Reading Rockets | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it
Teaching reading is a hugely complicated task. So much so that researcher Louisa Moats ended up entitling her influential article "Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science." (This, incidentally, also became the basis for the Reading Rockets name!
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These videos along with this companion go well together. http://eyeonkids.ca/docs/files/readwritekit08.pdf
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Hate Handwriting? Me Too. Here’s Why We Should Teach It Anyway.

Hate Handwriting? Me Too. Here’s Why We Should Teach It Anyway. | Professional Learning at Kelly Creek Community Elementary For Staff and Parents. | Scoop.it

As you have probably noticed, people don’t write in cursive as much as they used to. Your own handwriting has probably faltered over the years, and if not, you have surely noticed handwriting of others faltering around you. 41 out of 50 states don’t require handwriting to be taught in schools as of 2014. Maybe you think this is no big deal, after all, why handwrite when we can type?

 

As an adult with barely readable handwriting, I share your frustration. However, I think we ought to teach it to all young people in school anyway. Handwriting ought to be a standard part of non-optional art class. Kids even ought to have the chance to learn a fancier style of script than most of us were taught growing up. Here’s why.


Via Nik Peachey, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Miloš Bajčetić
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An interesting article and video.  I believe that I heard some time ago that the pen is still a very valuable form of technology.  Some elementary schools no longer teach cursive writing styles.  Maybe we should rethink that.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 25, 2015 12:03 PM

Some interesting views on handwriting.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 27, 2015 9:26 AM

The benefits of handwriting have become clear after brain research and brain imaging has shown that handwriting is also brain training. -Lon

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Draft Curriculum and Curriculum-related Documents: Public Review and Feedback

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The new BC Curriculum is up now.  Follow the ministry website link and see the new guides.  A strong push for cross-curricular competencies and new ways of reporting. that look at standards-based grading.

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Changing Results for Young Readers: Faye Brownlie and Randy Cranston, Frameworks for Collaboration - YouTube

Faye Brownlie and Randy Cranston's presentation on Frameworks for Collaboration demonstrate co-teaching strategies and share examples of co-planning & collab...
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Faye Brownlee is a star. A long watch. Clear understanding as to why we need to co-plan and co-teach. Especially with our support teachers and colleagues
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