Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ask ten educators the definition of personalized learning and you will get ten different answers.  The article below defines personalized learning and the process used by one very successful high school.  Check it out.

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3 Ways to Put Students in the Driver's Seat with Personalized Learning

By Katie McNeil, Content Marketing Manager for Summit Public Schools

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Homework can be very frustrating for students, teachers, and parents.  Thinking of adjusting your homework expectations?   Read this article.
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Freeing Students—and Teachers—From Homework

A second-grade teacher explains how she got rid of mandatory homework—and the surprising results she found when she did.

Project Based Learning goes hand in hand with Competency Based Learning.  Projects provide for student choice, independent learning, the ability to move when ready, and a chance to show proficiency in multiple ways.  Check out this article about Project Based Learning.

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Are these the schools of the future?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Here is an idea for any classroom!

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Magic Maker Cubes: Building Creativity, Kindness, and Collaboration

New Hampshire leads the way in competency-based learning!  Check  out this video taped in Pittsfield, nh!

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Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content

At Pittsfield Middle High School, students choose how they will show what they have learned.

Working on 
Project Based Learning?  
Check out this article from Edutopia!

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In Search of the Driving Question

Coming up with the driving question in project-based learning is often the hard part, so we’ve got some ideas to help you craft a great one.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

This is an interesting article about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of students.  Many schools are finding that removing extrinsic motivational rewards is having a positive impact on student work and behavior.

Why one school replaced rewards with character
Why one school replaced rewards with character
Some research shows that using extrinsic rewards for motivation may do more harm than good. Principal Stephanie Valleroy in this article reflects on making the shift from such rewards to a character-education model focused on respect, responsibility and work ethic.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Do your students watch TV?  This article relates the framework for argument/opinion writing  to the structure of courtroom dramas!
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Below is a link to the Performance Task Resource Bank Rose Colby mentioned in the August 25 workshop with 7-12 teachers.
There are performance tasks for all
levels in the bank.

Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Go Team Inter-Lakes!!!
Let's get that writing going in classrooms!
The article below explains a game to help

your students use evidence in

 argument/opinion writing.
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Jessica F. Handley

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Check out this article about great supports

for making argument-based writing more

accessible to elementary and middle

school students.
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Corey Thornblad and Gretchen Hazlin
The Inter-Lakes School District 
is working on Performance Assessments 
this year.  We would like each performance assessment, regardless of content area, to include argument/opinion writing.
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Check out this article from 
Educational Leadership

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Powerful Way to End the School Year

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Young lives. Old problems. New solutions.

Reinventing high school

Textbooks are rare. So are traditional grades. Students progress at their own pace. See how one New Hampshire school is retooling education. 

From the Christian Science Monitor:  Check out the article here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is about New Hampshire!
Looking for examples of where the 
Inter-Lakes School District is headed?
Check out this article!

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thinkering Studio: 

Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Voice and choice are powerful motivators!

Embracing Failure: 

Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

I think these ideas could apply in any classroom!

Link to Article

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Redefining Failure

Why encouraging students to get everything
right is the wrong direction.

Birmingham Covington: 

Building a Student-Centered School

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate
students to direct their own learning.
Click here for article.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What happens when schools
stop giving grades?

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

School district destination:
Deeper learning

Network of K12 educators blend academic rigor with an emphasis on interpersonal skills

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Myth of Average

The Myth of Average

Check out this video of Todd Rose, Harvard professor, presenting about banishing the average and nurturing the individual.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


This comes from a great web site that uses growth mindset to talk about training athletes!

Train Ugly

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I think this article gives great ideas for making 2017 a good year for you and your students.  Although it focuses on reading, the lessons apply to any classroom and life!

Focusing on Happiness in the New Year

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