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First Things First: Go Slow to Go Fast

April 29, 2019 A principal said, after watching teachers across early, middle, and senior years share their portfolios with one another, “I have just realized that this is our first time talking about why we have students create portfolios. We launched into ‘the...

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Finding the Truth

January 31, 2019 Rob Hadath, when asked about assessment and reporting in his high school mathematics class said, “Now when I look to assessment, I look at it more as just finding the truth. What is the true ability of the student and how can I most accurately reflect...

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Do We Give Up The Carpet Too Soon?

Friday, October 25, 2018 In September, we engaged in four demonstration lessons on co-constructing criteria. As we worked alongside the teachers of an elementary and junior high school, we planned the lessons and we considered the physical layout of each classroom. We...

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Portfolios: Digital or Paper?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 We’ve been reflecting on our recent two-day Institute in Ajax, Ontario that was inspired by our latest publication, Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Involving Students in Pedagogical Documentation. The time was filled with discussions...

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You’re The Best!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 You’re the Best! We’ve all heard it before, maybe especially at this time of year. You’re the best teacher I ever had!  I’m going to miss you. We smile and think to ourselves, “I bet you say that to all the teachers.” But what if this year you...

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Building Efficacy

Monday, 28 May 2018 I’ve had a long history with the idea of efficacy… dating back to when I decided to become a teacher (age 5, true story) and knew only one four syllable word (Mississippi – again, true story, but admittedly an odd choice for a girl from small town...

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What’s A Teacher To Do?

Monday, 26 March 2018 As a teacher I gave up worrying about what I can’t change or control long ago. I focus on what is within my power to control or influence. And frankly, I believe there is a lot of room for me to make a difference in the lives of children.  In my...

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Teaching for Student Success

Monday, 26 February 2018 What counts… What matters… What is important… … in teaching for student success? You can ask people who know me. They’ll tell you I don’t waste time playing in the shallow water. I go deep. But this question was one even I was afraid to ask....

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The Joy of Giving

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 I have been experiencing the joy of giving in a heightened way these past few months and it is about more than Christmas. It is our practice at connect2learning to offer a gift, most often a book, as a way of expressing our deepest...

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