The Collaboration Contemplation

  We are hearing so much about collaboration. We hear about all of the benefits, why we should do it, how it improves our practice and student achievement.  I have had wonderful success with amazing collaborations through inquiries, projects, conferences, leadership opportunities, and with students, parents an amazing colleagues! In this way, it has solvedContinue reading “The Collaboration Contemplation”

What is Planning Time? Can we improve current models?

Planning time is important for teachers. Teachers require time each day where they can have some personal autonomy to grade, organize, plan, build, create, and meet with others. Teacher-Librarians, as leaders in the school, who have a pulse on everything that is going on within a school, and a plethora of resources, can give veryContinue reading “What is Planning Time? Can we improve current models?”

The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills

  There are several key reasons that need to be involved with formally assessing student literacy: First, we can gain key diagnostic information about the current skills that our students have. We also can glean key information about the previous knowledge and experiences of our students through meaningful diagnostic assessments. Second, it provides opportunities forContinue reading “The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills”

Teacher Moderation & Assessment in the age of Knowledge and Innovation

I think it behooves us to ask ourselves whether collaborative assessment practices including moderation, is different now that we are headed into 2016 – versus what it looked like in 2006? The process of grading and assessing students is very subjective, and it always has been – but with so much information, technology, globalization, opportunitiesContinue reading “Teacher Moderation & Assessment in the age of Knowledge and Innovation”

Pembroke’s Special Day for Teachers!

I really wanted to let you all know about a workshop I’m participating in on Tuesday, November 3. This is a Free workshop introduces books that deal with managing classrooms, engaging students, and promoting literacy. You’ll have an opportunity to hear some new and favourite Pembroke authors as well as 3 children’s authors whose books your students love.Continue reading “Pembroke’s Special Day for Teachers!”

The Library Learning Commons and Self-Regulation

I have been reading Stuart Shankers amazing book entitled Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation. As I am reading Stuart Shankers amazing book, I am starting to think of the Learning Commons with an added lens of how to help students also self-regulate. As I integrate my new learning, I cannot help but consider howContinue reading “The Library Learning Commons and Self-Regulation”

Is Student Agency at odds with Standardization?

  I have been thinking a great deal about what it means to teach in ways that allow for student agency to be actualized. We need to be experts with technology and curriculum, and more. However, we also need to move far beyond the technology tools and the curriculum expectations with our teaching, to ‘meet’Continue reading “Is Student Agency at odds with Standardization?”

Holistically integrating ICT with the help of the Library

Originally created and shared by Deborah McCallum on https://sites.google.com/site/guidetoholisticeducation/librarianship: The purpose of this post is to provide examples of holistic instructional strategies involving information technology in any learning environment. Rather than solely focusing on objectives, assessment outcomes and a heirarchy of subject matter, which are important, the role of the Teacher-Librarian is to help learnersContinue reading “Holistically integrating ICT with the help of the Library”