Category Archives: Professional Development

Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

A writing book by Catherine Lewis, illustrated by Joost Swarte, 2013. The title of this book may seem elementary, but the content is definitely not. Based on the iconic tale of “Three Blind Mice”, Lewis and Swarte entertain with both … Continue reading

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Wonder of Reading Event at John Oliver Secondary

  These well-known characters greeted 900 elementary students visiting John Oliver on September 25, 2013 for their outstanding Wonder of Reading Day. The Giving Tree was built in the gym and a video of Shel Silverstein’s poem shown on the … Continue reading

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Differentiated Instruction – how to Start Where They Are

I am currently running a professional book club with Karen Hume’s book, Start Where They Are (2008). There are many "bon mots" in the book as well as practical ideas for the classroom, but her assertion that curriculum for adolescents … Continue reading

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Letter Grades No Longer Make the Grade (Part 2) | Abbotsford School District

How Abbotsford and Maple Ridge have changed their grading practices to improve student learning. > >http://www.sd34.bc.ca/blog/letter-grades-no-longer-make-grade-part-2 Thanks to my colleague, Jacob Martens, for passing on this post. > >

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To eRead or not to eRead: Is that the question?

I will admit, I am addicted to YA literature. I even mark the release dates of the second and third books of series in my calendar. My daughter’s 16 year old friend and I are constantly exchanging titles (a passional … Continue reading

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A Model for Re-Do’s and Reporting

Carolyn Durley’s post, Re-Do’s and Rolling Grades presents a manageable way to allow teachers to have their marks represent a student’s most recent and most consistent performance of Learning Outcomes for any course. It is followed by the compelling youtube … Continue reading

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What Assessment and Learning should look like

Thanks to Joe Bower in Alberta for this post. http://www.joebower.org/2013/01/heres-what-learning-looks-like.html Pamela Hansen LD/Literacy Consultant

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