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