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  • Wonder

    The Lesson It was 10:30, and way past bedtime. But, it was Friday evening, and they just finished watching one of their favorite Pixar movies, Brave. I told them that it was time to go to bed, but their dad had a different idea. “Boys, come here. I have something to show you first.” Intrigued, we all gathered around him at the bottom of the stairs. “All of you need your iPads.” What was this all about? The boys rushed to the charging station, grabbed their iPads, and ran back to their dad ...

    by Amy Heavin
    Saturday, 25 July 2015
  • 24/7 Learning: What students need from us

    Learning is not only limited to the time the student spends in our classrooms. The bell rings and the student can continue their work from anywhere. Technology is allowing students to access class content, work on assignments, help one another, contact the teacher, at any time of the day. What does that mean for us as teachers?   21st century learners need from their teachers: 24/7 access to course content: Provide course content online with an LMS, Google Classroom, Edm ...

    by Barbara Sweet
    Friday, 24 July 2015
  • touch

    High-Fives & Fist Bumps: Why They Matter in Teaching & Learning

    When we think of learning, the two senses that typically come to mind are sight and sound. Students look and they listen. But what about the sense of touch? Should it play a role in your classroom? If so, how much of a role? As it turns out, touch can have a vital role in teaching and learning and as someone who’s forever promoting the use of multiple senses, I’m delighted that we’re acquiring more and more information on the topic. The research on the importance of touch – whether it’s feeli ...

    by Rae Pica
    Thursday, 23 July 2015
  • Engagement with Community - Listen, Share, Respond

    “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”– Vincent Van Gogh   Upon entry into a school system (or company) one of the first things leaders do is listen to stakeholders and find out what’s going on. They ask questions like: “what’s on your mind?”, “what is working here”, “if you were in my position, what advice would you give me”, and so on. Any impactful leader’s entry plan involves engagement and listening! As I have learned and as I continue to learn on my leadership ...

    by Michael Lubelfeld
    Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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    Red Light...GREEN LIGHT! A classroom management tool to help during the writing process.

      Recently I attended a training on Formative Assessment with Dylan Wiliam. He is well-known in educational  circles as THE guru of Formative Assessment. So I was pretty excited to spend a weekend learning from him. What he said was nothing new. What he said was no educational rocket science. Yet he had some great, easy to implement, suggestions on how to give formative feedback to students. Beyond the idea of feedback, many of his suggestions are essentially about classroom managem ...

    by Kathleen Ralf
    Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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