Assessing Differentiated Tasks

A recent discussion with a colleague has me again wondering how best to assess differentiated tasks, though really, it’s not so much assessment, but grading, that I have a problem with. If we give students a choice of tasks, differentiated according to prior learning and understanding, basically by content, rather than by interest or presentation style, should a student who does ‘easier’ work be able to get the same marks as a student who does ‘harder’ work?…

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Reflections with my Grade 10 students

In May when I received my classes for the 2014-2015 school year, my heart sunk a little because I was assigned a Grade 10 ELA class and I had been spoiled with Grade 12’s and 11’s for the past few years.…

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Digital Technologies | A Curriculum

Last year I was lucky enough to be involved with VCAA in trialling the new Digital Technologies Curriculum in the primary school.  The AusVELS‘ version of the Australian Curriculum is set to be released later in the year and will be the first time we have seen computer science in the primary curriculum.  …

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10 Years Blogging

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Ten years ago today I made my first post on this blog. 882 post (plus this one) for a total of over a quarter of a million words. I’d posted to blogs before this one, but this one stuck.

You would think, by this time, I’d have some sort of plan going, but no, this blog continues to be pretty haphazard without a real sense of audience or single purpose.…

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Snowball’s of Advice from Bishop Carroll’s Mental Health Symposium.

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http://www.healthyplace.com/stigma/stand-up-for-mental-health/stand-up-for-mental-health-campaign/

On January 7th , 2015, during our Mental Health/ Wellness Symposium students found solutions to real world problems.

Activity: Snowball Advice

You don’t have to look far to get advice. Some of the best advice comes from your peers

  • Please write down on the form provided, a situation which  you or someone you know, may be struggling with right now.
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Festival of Gaming

At this time of year I love reading everyone’s wrap up of the previous year.  Highlight, lowlight, best of.  I am not usually one to write that sort of thing, and if you look back over my year of blogging I haven’t been one to write much at all.…

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To help or not to help…during #GeniusHour

Every month we have a fantastic chat on twitter using the #geniushour hashtag. Incredible educators from around the globe join in and in traditional Q1, A1 format we discuss a hot topic that has to do with Genius Hour. October's chat was "To what extent do you help students during Genius Hour?"

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Some really great points were brought up that I just had to go back and reread the archive.
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Setting Restrictions in a Google Form with FormLimiter

It’s now easy to set access restrictions to your #GoogleForms with #FormLimiter. You can set restrictions by the number of entries submitted, or by a date and time that you select.

 

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Click here for easy instructions on how to add and use FormLimiter to your Google Forms.…

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Know The “Why” and Disrespect the Impossible

After observing many educational leaders and education systems, it’s clear that the following must be present and ubiquitous in a school and district before they can thrive and continue to move forward:

  • Clearly articulated, concise vision and mission
  • Development of the vision and mission is based on research, reflection, and representative of all stakeholder voices
  • Vision and mission drives decision-making at all levels
  • Systems thinking and decision-making is the key to effectiveness and change
  • Leadership hold themselves and others accountable for upholding the vision and mission
  • Proactively tell your story – focus on the “why” of the organization
  • Leadership needs to honor and live the “why” and expect and support this of all others in the system
  • Recognize others for their impact – big or small – on the system
  • Culture and relationships are critical – but not at the expense of the vision and mission
  • Leadership and the organization need to be transparent and authentic
  • Stay focused on what’s right and the “why” of the organization during the difficult times
  • When change is necessary, do it – but in a proactive, not reactive mode
  • Progress monitoring, reflecting, and responding are key to change and growth
  • Complacency and the status quo have no place in the organization
  • “Disrespect the impossible” Jamie Casap, Global Education Evangelist at Google

Take each one of these principles, honestly and authentically reflect on your environment (classroom, school, and/or district), determine strengths and growth areas, and develop a plan of action, that includes progress monitoring and reflection points.…

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