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We are going to do a unit on "Who I am as a Learner?" and now we have an opportunity to include ipods. I thought it would be powerful to ask students to 'mindmap' how they learn best. Ask them which tools and processes support their learning (we will do this as a staff team also) and then spend 6 weeks with the ipods and then overlay the technology piece onto their first mindmap.
Our hypothesis is that this process of metacognition and Assessment For Learning (AFL) is at the heart of…Continue
Added by kerry armstrong on March 15, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments
Just heard this term PLN. Do you use it commonly? We are looking at Personalized Learning for the 21st century learner and I love this term that includes network as it adds that all important part of learning - socializing! We need to belong to a network, a community of learners, a team.
How widespread is the use of this term PLN in your area? How do like PLLN?
Added by kerry armstrong on March 15, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments
From Dylan Wiliam's work and our work in the NPBS (Network for Performance Based Schools), we incorporate the six big assessment for learning (AFL) strategies:
It is also one of the wings of The Propeller Model.
Here is how descriptive feedback worked the other day…Continue
Added by kerry armstrong on March 6, 2011 at 8:53pm — No Comments
Our school entered a video and if you go to the website above and search for "Coal Tyee", you will see a video that shows the projects that students did to answer the question: "One Well, One Earth. Water has the power to change everything. What will you do to ensure the well's future?"
Students used multiple means of expression to transform themselves and others.
If you want, you can…Continue
Added by kerry armstrong on March 2, 2011 at 1:07am — No Comments
After 25 years of teaching, engagement still seems like a magical happening most of the time. That moment when we help the student connect to learning and they take off independently and succeed with ease. It
is the best part of teaching! That moment when a student says: “Oh I get it! I
can do it, this is easy!” or they say, “Class is over already? That was fast!”
or “I like it how we never do Math, I mean, I know we do Math, but it doesn’t
Added by kerry armstrong on February 17, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments
AFL & UDL
David Rose spoke in Vancouver BC. In his presentation, he used the metaphor of a GPS to describe learning. The GPS knows the destination and when we take a wrong turn, it recalculates a path. With that metaphor in mind coupled with a series of webcasts from our ministry on the six big ideas of assessment for learning (AFL), my practice changed forever.
At the beginning of each unit of study, I create stop light/green light sheets for…Continue
Added by kerry armstrong on February 15, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments
In my Grade 6/7 class this year, I have 7 students with significant learning challenges and they teach me something everyday.
One of my Grade 7 students reads at about a Grade 3 level and any advances that he may make from that will be a challenge for him. Each day he reads little novels and tries to summarize what he has read by using pictures and graphic organizers like double entry journals and character traits sheets. Finally, in February these little novels are wearing…Continue
Added by kerry armstrong on February 12, 2011 at 4:13pm — No Comments
My UDL Journey
2004 I joined a small book club organized by my district in partnership with our union, both provincial and local. We read David Rose's book, "Teaching to Diversity". We had to synthesize what we learned and present it. I presented a short slide show that I made on my new MAC computer. I was new to the world of the internet and computers and I knew that to demonstrate one of the most…Continue
Added by kerry armstrong on February 12, 2011 at 3:56pm — No Comments
Universal Design for Learning
My name is Maggie Costello and I am currently the lead teacher in a pre-k four year old classroom. I work at Grace Church Little
School. This is my second year teaching.
Universal Design for Learning has changed the way I think as…Continue
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This is an example of me teaching my children’s ballet class at my dance studio. I am teaching my students how to do a simple demi plie, as you can tell by the visual aide that I created. These students range from ages 8-10, so often times it is difficult to hold their attention. I find that a visual example of what to do really helps them stay on task. When I am teaching a new dance…Continue
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