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One Size Fits All? Hmm...

One Size Fits All? Hmm... | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Do you know Tom? Tom is fictional, but like many kids in our school (or any school)...he struggles. He is different from many of his peers, while some of them struggle, Tom, well he struggles more...
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BC educator Darcy Mullin reminds is that although there are many programs to help struggling students... Nothing beats a caring relationship.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 14, 2014 1:29 PM

Sitting beside a student who needs help is a rewarding experience. Students sense we care as we move past the shallow aspects of simple greeting and truly caring relationships.

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Student Power Rankings

Student Power Rankings | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
It is with great excitement I announce the launch of our Student Power Rankings. This is an exciting time that will push education into the 22nd century.  You have already heard a lot about 21st ce...
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A great read for April 1 by West Van Superintendent Chris Kennedy.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 1, 2014 1:42 PM

You do have to read the whole article to find the point being made. It is very tongue in cheek and does point out some of the flaws with doing school they way we do it. We have not left the 19th Century model behind. How can we expect a 21st Century model?

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.
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It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades

It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
You’ve always averaged grades. Your teachers averaged grades when you were in school and it worked fine. It works fine for your students. Does it?
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Although this has US context, still an important conversation about averages and why we need to reconsider how we report out assessment.
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Ways to Develop Life-Long Readers

Ways to Develop Life-Long Readers | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Donalyn Miller, Mark Barnes and Christopher Lehman contribute their suggestions on how we can help develop life-long readers.
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A Framework for Professional Learning: Bruce Bearisto at TEDxWestVancouverED - YouTube

Bruce Beairsto is now an Adjunct Professor at SFU but previously worked in Richmond for 37 years as a science teacher, curriculum coordinator and superintend...
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TED Talk by Bruce Beairsto who has become a bit of a "distance mentor" to me through many exchanges of emails around leadership, teaching, and learning.  He provides his framework of teaching and learning and challenges us to the same.

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How to Raise a Reader: 5 Tips for Parents

How to Raise a Reader: 5 Tips for Parents | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
When my son Jack was in preschool, he read Charlotte’s Web aloud fluently to his classmates. When he was in kindergarten, he began disappearing into his room for a few hours every afternoon to read...
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Some ideas about how to encourage habits and joy in reading.
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Are We Preparing Students for the 21st Century?

Are We Preparing Students for the 21st Century? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
This week's EDCI 335 blogging assignment is: "Are our current schools/teachers/curriculum preparing students for the 21st century? Why? Why not?" I've had to let this question steep in my brain fo...
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Very interesting post by an Abbotsford teacher that include some great quotes from her sons in high school. Aligns well with the dialogue around vision in sd35. Thoughts?
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The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach - YouTube

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The work of Carol Dweck on Mindset has really changed how I teach, parent, coach, and lead.  Take 10 mins and watch this powerful summary of her work.

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EdCamps- the new frontier of Professional Learning

EdCamps- the new frontier of Professional Learning | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Last year, I managed to sign myself up for an experience I wasn't sure I was ready for. I had been promised by colleagues that were attending that this would be a great way to connect with fellow...
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A great review and video about Edcamps... may answer some questions you may have about Edcamp 35 in April!

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jesus pedro's curator insight, January 12, 2014 11:56 PM

Esta es un bonita experiencia que creo que todos deberiamos conocer

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Making the grade on report cards: an ongoing debate

Making the grade on report cards: an ongoing debate | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The debate over letter grades on report cards for elementary school students has been brewing in B.C. for at least the past two decades and probably much longer.
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More on the debate about grades and reports cards...

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Stop trying to make your kids read

Stop trying to make your kids read | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Stop trying to make your kids read... Really. Many practices in place in school today may lead to short term results for students, but what both the research and common sense tells us is that our s...
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Enjoyed this post on the difference between forcing kids to read and encouraging a love of reading.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 3, 2014 10:03 AM

What is meaningful to students will help them to learn.

 

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5 Things I Want My Daughter to Learn in School

5 Things I Want My Daughter to Learn in School | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
As a school administrator, I have spent a lot of time considering the knowledge, and skills, that I hope (and need) our students to develop during their time in our junior high school. The sad thi...
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Kids Do Well if They Can Ross Greene #1 - YouTube

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 had t...
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This shift in philosophy changed everything for me.

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The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports | Changing the Game Project

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports | Changing the Game Project | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
The American youth sports system is mirroring our academic quagmire, where hyper-competitive adults are driving children down a path to nowhere. We need to make some basic changes to put our players first.
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A great read - is this a microcosm for society and youth?
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Learning Stories: Documentation Project - Pedagogical Narration in Saanich Elementary Schools - YouTube

Elementary Saanich School District educators describe their experience using pedagogical narration in their classrooms.
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An alternative and progressive way of capturing evidence of student learning... Sharing the stories of student learning through images and video, rather than solely pencil and paper.
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Learning vs Marks – What’s important to students? | Educating in the 21st Century

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A great conversation starter by Delta educator Aaron Akune that includes some reflective questions that got me thinking (from when I was in the classroom more often): Do our students focus on task completion over learning? Do our students focus on grade-getting over learning? What messages do we send to our students with our assessments?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 24, 2014 2:03 PM

Learning is about being able to increasingly assess one's progress. It is a process of increased self-direction, self-discipline, and reflection which enables learning. Marks are a snapshot in time and averages out learning in ways that may be deceptive. The self-assessment processes are important to make sense of the marks.

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A critical truce in the war between traditionalists and progressives

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An interesting article via my friend Joe Bower that challenges to go deeper in our critical reflections when we discuss education reform.
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The Wejr Board - Making Meetings Meaningful

"As a teacher, I sat through endless staff meetings where information was relayed and the same teachers commented and gave their donated ‘air time’.  As a principal, one of my main goals was to make staff meetings meaningful.  Just like a teacher designs his/her lessons with the students in mind, staff meetings need to be designed with the staff in mind!"

 
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A post I wrote as a new principal in 2010 as I pondered the organization of staff meetings.  Aligns with some of our recent conversations.

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The Wejr Board - Do We REALLY Believe in Inclusion?

The Wejr Board - Do We REALLY Believe in Inclusion? | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
…sharing stories that reflect on the present & future system of education
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My latest post that shares observations and questions about a mindset of inclusion in society and education.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 30, 2014 12:27 AM

We want to belong and feel we make a difference. That does not happen in schools.

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Self Regulation - The Biological Domain

Self Regulation - The Biological Domain | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
In my previous post I shared some of my initial thoughts around self-regulation. As I work my way through Shanker's book Calm, Alert and Learning I will share my thoughts on each of the domains he...
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Great summary of the first section of Shanker's book on self-regulation. Are we creating the conditions in our classrooms to help with self-regulation?
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A Parent's Wishes for His Child's Teachers: Chris Kennedy at TEDxWestVancouverED - YouTube

Chris Kennedy is the father of four young children and the husband to an amazing woman. When not busy as a husband and father he is the Superintendent of Sch...
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Chris Kennedy, superintendent of West Van, shares his wishes for his children in schools. Well worth the 16 mins.
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Lisa Matkovic's curator insight, January 15, 2014 1:50 AM

Very powerful!

Bill Rounis's curator insight, May 14, 2015 3:53 PM

Someone I've been following for some time.  Worth the share

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What do letter grades actually mean? | Leadership in Action by Jordan Tinney

What do letter grades actually mean? | Leadership in Action by Jordan Tinney | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it

I’m in the south east of the United States, the heart of Civil War country and, in fact, in the locations of some of the most famous battles in history. The woods surrounding the schools were undoub

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An excellent piece by Superintendent of Surrey Schools, Jordan Tinney, on questioning the meaning of a grade.

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Matt Renwick's Top Ten Takeaways from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013)

Matt Renwick's Top Ten Takeaways from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013) | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
Starting in January, parents and staff at Howe Elementary School will join me in reading The Read Aloud Handbook, 7th edition by Jim Trelease (Penguin, 2013). Our goal is to create more awareness o...
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Jim Trelease is a guru when it comes to sharing the importance of reading aloud. Here are some takeaways from his latest book.
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Research finds no advantage in learning to read from age five

Research finds no advantage in learning to read from age five | Professional Learning at James Hill Elementary | Scoop.it
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Interesting research out of NZ about age of students learning to read. Goes against what most schools do so might be a great conversation starter.

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