Monday, October 3, 2016

Feedback is a huge part of the 
Learner-Centered Classroom.
Check out these articles about giving feedback.

Capacity Matrices: Examples & Overview
As Quality Learning Australia points out:
A Capacity Matrix is a tool to describe, document and monitor our learning. It allows us to clearly identify what is it we wish to learn, derived from the curriculum and student interests, and then track learning over time. It can be very effectively used with the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle and supported with a portfolio that provides evidence of our learning. Capacity Matrices are also used for self-assessment as well as peer assessment.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

67 New England Institutions of Higher Education Offer Statements of Support for Proficiency-Based Education

Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?

Do we have students who have only heard negative about their school career?  How can we help them see the positive in their efforts? Reflection on the positive at the end of class or at the end of the day might go a long way to help students have a positive experience.

My daughter suggested I share this with everyone at Inter-Lakes.
Do you have any suggestions for posts?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

See & Learn the ABC’s of
Deeper Instruction

How to stay focused on rigor and engagement
even when your best-laid plans fall apart.
By Libby Woodfin
Thinking about and evaluating the cognitive rigor of your questions ahead of time will help you avoid asking too many low-level questions in the spur of the moment. Hess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix is a great tool for mapping out your questions.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Check out these ideas for setting up routines in your
classroom from ASCD!

Jessica Ivy and Kelly Moser

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Steve Watson sent this link!

"Perhaps the most important reason for developing metacognition is that it can improve the application of knowledge, skills, and character qualities in realms beyond the immediate context in which they were learned. This can result in the transfer of competencies across disciplines—important for students preparing for real-life situations where clear-cut divisions of disciplines fall away and one must select competencies from the entire gamut of their experience to effectively apply them to the challenges at hand. Even within academic settings, it is valuable—and often necessary—to apply principles and methods across disciplinary lines."  (emphasis mine)

Click below to read the entire article:

The Role of Metacognition in
 Learning and Achievement

I sent out a request for teachers to share items for the Curriculum Corner.  Brendan Hardy sent this link.  It's a good reminder that life is changing fast and we are preparing students for a world we can't even imagine.

Thanks, Brendan!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The third day of the Sanborn Design Studio involved great discussion about how to move forward.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Seventeen Inter-Lakes teachers and administrators are attending the Competency Design Studio at Sanborn Regional High School.  During team time we discussed all the things we are learning and made plans for moving forward.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Below you will find an interesting article by
Alan November.
It is a list of job interview questions new teachers should be able to answer but I think these questions could have 
an impact on every teacher.

The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

About the Author: 

Alan November is senior partner and founder of November Learning. Follow him @globalearner.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Learner-Driven Education

When you read during the summer you usually (unless you are taking a graduate class) select your favorite author or genre to enjoy.  When you plan a vacation you choose your favorite habitat, beach or mountains or home.  Just as in your personal life, choice is a huge part of personalizing learning.  

The term "personalized learning" has many different interpretations.  Some people fear that it means online all the time.  Some people think it means differentiating instruction within the existing school structure.  However, personalized learning is a continuum that allows for choice by the student.  It allows the student to drive his/her education.  By providing students with a variety of paths to competency we allow the student choice and freedom.

Can we foster a purpose for each student by developing learner-driven curriculum, instruction, and assessment?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Image result for mr peabody and the wayback machine

The Wayback Machine is as basic a reference tool for the
Internet Age as a dictionary.
When was the last time you saw a student use it?

-Allan November-   

This article is about an important web tool for your students.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

The Essential Unique Search Tool Your Students
May Have Never Used