Sunday, 3 March 2019

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO RESOURSES for PD

Every educator needs this site by Teaching Channel. 

This site is just packed with over 1200 professional development videos.  

You can sort videos by grades, subjects and topics. 

It is up to date and exciting!

It is an incredible resource!!

Click Here For: Teaching Channel

Added to the ESL Tab, and Ontario Curriculum Resources Tab

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

ESL / ELL / ELD  

STRATEGIES and RESOURCES

ERGO ESL/ELD Resource Group of Ontario

Also can be found on Twitter:  @ergoontario

 Check out this site for great ESL and ELD resources and links

eBooks
Lesson Plan Ideas 
Videos modeling Guiding Reading  
3 Step Math Lessons

Click Here for: ERGO Resource Group 
 

Through this site I also found these great links:

EduGAINS  for ESL Policy, Webcasts, STEP
This is an incredible ministry site. Check this out!
Click here for: EduGAINS RESOURCES


ELL ONTARIO  
A twitter account with great resources called: @ELLontario


Settlement.ORG 
 is an excellent site to support new immigrants


The Ontario Reception Network Group  
has great Resources and Link Tabs
http://orng2014.wixsite.com/ergo-orng/resources


YouTube Videos on ESL / ELL / ELD
Great videos are available here 
This one can start you off.
 


This has also been added to the ESL/ ELL / ELD Tab
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Saturday, 26 January 2019

The Fraser Report.  
It's only a snapshot of a schools performance. 

Administrators and teachers love getting data on their school to focus on improving performance.  Educators are constantly reflecting on their lesson methodology and student performance to improve upon their professional practice.

New teacher candidates start looking at the process of reflection very early in their first term at my Faculty of Education.

The Fraser Report does not tell the whole story as explained in this article. Be a critical consumer of such reports.

Find out more about a school by:
- visiting it with the administrator
- chat with the students and parents
- look at the web page
- check out social media and news sources
- check out the intramural programs and clubs
- talk to teachers 

I have seen great schools get low ratings and damage community perceptions.
I have heard students say they are from the "bad school and they are the dummy kids".
That is just tragic and unforgivable.   These results, when carelessly published,  can harm student self-image and confidence.

Parents who are not aware of other factors, that can influence scores, can even pick communities and home purchases based on these results. 

When I get into schools with lower scores, I have found this:
- Incredible collaborative inspiring administrators
- Creative engaging teachers
- Wonderful special academic programs addressing special needs
- Outstanding intramural programs
- Awesome parent volunteers and School Councils
- and amazing students doing their best!

Read this article to find out more.

Click here for: The Fraser Report: What Researchers Say

Posted also to the Blogs and Articles that inspire Tab.
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

Wellness  is a very important topic we are looking at for both students and teachers.

Getting the appropriate amount of sleep every night is crucial for effective decision making for leaders, teachers and students.

Check out this Harvard Review to find out why and what we need to do to address it.

Click this link for:  Effective Leadership and Sleep

Also posted above under the Wellness Tab 
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

BLOOMS TAXONOMY - DIGITAL PLANNING VERBS

Outstanding !!

This chart can be used while planning units and lessons

Save this and add to your planning resources  

Click Here For:  Blooms Taxonomy Digital Planning Verbs

Also found under the Technology Tab on this web site 
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Friday, 21 September 2018

SIR KEN ROBINSON

REIMAGINE LEARNING THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

This is an outstanding presentation with the important following messages.

Studies show, the lack of physical play is resulting in students doing worse in school.

Schools set up a system that celebrates academic marks but academic marks are not the only way to be intelligent.  We are developing a narrow concept of what the mind can do.

We marginalized shop, family studies, guidance, music …..why???
Not all academic learners have similar aptitudes and strengths. 
Students are smart IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

All kids are different.  They are not standardized widgets !  This is not rocket science
Look at siblings and how different they are !!!!!   

Academic systems pushing students to accomplish high marks and meeting high standards have one other unfortunate high statistic.  High incidence of suicide.
 
We have different learning styles and interests.  Our natural learning curiosity and creative intelligence can be ruined by traditional out of date factory model academic systems. 

When we use a balanced STEAM approach to education, the research shows the students are more engaged. Increased student engagement also evaporates discipline issue. 

"It's not time to fix the old system of education, it is time to change it!"

 
CLICK HERE FOR: REIMAGINE EDUCATION

Posted to the Influential Educational Leaders Tab September, 21, 2018.