KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Journey of Learning

I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning

The Cell Analogy: Completed Products

We’ve completed the “Cell Analogy Project” in grade 8 Science. Below is a child’s story written by one student and some photos of products made by others, including an analogy to the show “Vampire Diaries”, a restaurant, Santa’s Workshop, a computer, a beehive and a soccer team. I’m extremely proud of the work my students… Continue reading The Cell Analogy: Completed Products

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Final Projects

Final project season is in full swing. It’s been an interesting experience watching students adjust to the concept of less structure and more self-regulation. Throughout the year, students receive instruction, assignments, individual work, group work, etc. providing some sense of structure to the day. During the month of June, students are working on final projects everyday… Continue reading Final Projects

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #10 Technology · KSA #11 Assessment

The Exit Slip: An Assessment Tool in Need of a New Look

How many of you use the exit slip as your go to formative assessment piece? Teachers use the exit slip often to formatively assess student understanding of the concepts that were taught during the days lesson. Now, I wonder does anybody get bored of handing out exit slips to students? I know that when I… Continue reading The Exit Slip: An Assessment Tool in Need of a New Look

ED4764:The Internet and Education · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #10 Technology · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Learning: We Can Carry it in the Palm of our Hands

Acceptance. That’s step one to increase student’s engagement in his or her own learning through the use of mobile devices. There are many brilliant applications of mobile devices in the classroom, but yet there are still those who are resistant to this addition. I wonder why? Likely, those who struggle with the advent of the… Continue reading Learning: We Can Carry it in the Palm of our Hands

KSA #02 Alberta Structure · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #11 Assessment

Provincial Acheivement Tests to Become a Thing of the Past

As I am sure many Albertan’s are already aware that, yesterday, the government announced that they will be getting rid of the Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) to make way for Student Learning Assessments. To many teachers, this is extremely exciting. From my course work and discussions with teachers in practicum it’s appeared that PAT’s have… Continue reading Provincial Acheivement Tests to Become a Thing of the Past

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Authentic Assessment

What does authentic assessment mean? This is a question that I personally ponder as I’m sure many experienced and new teachers do. How do we effectively assess our students in a meaningful way that allows us as teachers to feel confident in our students knowledge but also our students to feel that they have been… Continue reading Authentic Assessment

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #11 Assessment

Authentic Assessment: A Building Block For Learning

What do you do when a student get’s a lower grade on their Performance Task, than they are capable? They’ve demonstrated enough competency to earn an “EM – Emergent” on their report card, but you know they are capable of more. Do you force them to keep that grade, offer them the opportunity to increase… Continue reading Authentic Assessment: A Building Block For Learning