Is anyone else frustrated about commenting and website feedback?
When we decide to write a comment at the end of an article or blog posting, we get to read more than a few inappropriate and sometimes distasteful remarks. Posted by folks who do not understand why websites invite visitors to share thoughts and ideas, many unfiltered remarks are permanently attached to websites -- indiscretions waiting for the whole world to discover.…Continue
Given the cost and energy in going to a conference, I believe it's important to have some kind of formal process of reflecting upon the learning that was experienced and so here are my "take-aways" from the 2011 NAIS conference in National Harbor, Maryland:
1) We've all got to do more for our public educational system. Geoffrey Canada's closing keynote was an emotional call to action to do more for the most disadvantaged parts of our public school systems. Mr. Canada works…Continue
Added by Demetri Orlando on February 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
This morning’s conversation about where our high-, medium- and low-performing students were in their writing caused me to reflect. Because I’ve been very focused on assessing and promoting basic competence in the classroom, I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about how to enhance the writing skills of my highest-performing students. What can I do for my high-level freshmen (apart from recommending them for English 2 Honors) to promote their engagement and development as writers? …Continue
Added by Eric Salehi on February 18, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments
One thing I learned this morning after I saw a bluejay in the yard was that everyone needs to get up and face the day. So, I did, and when I did this, I found that we were going to have a nice discussion about exam essays today.
In this discussion, we learned that students value efficiency over analysis. So, there is not that much thought, and more production of general responses.
Added by Ellen on February 18, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments
I am growing as a teacher in the 1:1 environment by implementing a variety of assessment techniques into my instruction. Examples of technology-based learning tools I've used to measure student understanding of material include: Glogster, Kid Blog, Blogger, Evernote, GoogleDocs, Moodle tools, Key Note, Power Point and a few others. I think that my students are growing as learners because they're excited to use these learning tools and they apply themselves when completing assignments. In…Continue
1) Student work reflection across physics levels.
My partner teacher in physics was absent due to illness, so I compared the mid-year exams I gave to the mid-year exams he gave in honors physics and AP physics. There was a great deal of similarity in the structure, content and challenge of our tests with appropriately increased difficulty of questions in the Honors and AP tests. Though we rarely have an opportunity to discuss our courses, the tests demonstrate that we teach very…Continue
Added by Ben Rich on February 18, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments
The social studies team investigated the research process from grades 4-8. CherylAnne and I closely looked at citing sources and creation of a thesis statement from 4th to 8th grade. Tom & Jessica looked at note taking. Also present were Tom Ruddy & Lynn Salehi.
One area that concerns me, and my PDP area of focus, assessment, is the format used on rubrics we create. We considered whether it would be worth it to have a consistent format.That would require a lot of work to redo…Continue
Added by Susan FitzGibbon on February 18, 2011 at 11:48am — No Comments
Added by Jane D. Smith on February 18, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments
Research Process Grades 4-8
Locating Sources & Note-Taking: We noticed that we have a solid format / logical flow from 4-8 in how students are expected to research for papers and projects.
Process begins in 3rd grade and reinforced in 4th & 5th grade when they are provided with pre-selected sources / classroom text to research. Between 5th and 6th there is a bit of a jump, as students are expected to use sources provided, but are also encouraged /…Continue
Added by Jessica Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments
Added by Nancy on February 18, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments
After analyzing student work in the research strand of our history department:
7th Grade Ideas:
8th Grade Ideas:
Added by CherylAnne Amendola on February 18, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments
In separate conversations with Beaver Country Day School upper school math teachers James Chan and Joe Robinson about how to be “authentic” in our efforts to turn students gaze towards issues of equity and justice, that’s the the idea we came up with – help students find their own “sparks!”
Sparks! A student in James Chan’s statistics class examining data (those 65 and older) from the 2000 U.S. Census begins to question the growing consequences of the…Continue
Added by Robert Principe on February 16, 2011 at 10:54pm — No Comments
"Patience is a virtue we must all strive to possess.” – Miss Dmytryk
In an earlier blog entry, I mentioned my fifth grade reading and writing teacher, Miss Dmytryk (de-MEH-trick), as one of the most significant teachers in my life. She supported and nurtured my creativity, reading and commenting on week after week of stories that used all 25 words on my spelling list in context. And yes, she…Continue
Miss Porter’s School and School of the Holy Child in Rye, New York Become Members of the Online School for Girls
The Online School for Girls is proud to announce that Miss Porter’s School of Farmington, Connecticut and School of the Holy Child in Rye, New York have become member schools.
The Online School for Girls is the world’s first girls’ only online school. The School offers a challenging and supportive online learning experience that emphasizes…Continue
Added by Brad on February 10, 2011 at 4:27pm — No Comments