Whose Classroom Is It? | Responsive Classroom

11 Oct

Whose Classroom Is It? | Responsive Classroom

Creating a classroom community is one of the strongest ways to engage students in their learning–to make them active learners.  Click the link above to read how Suzy Ghosh begins her year in a “Responsive Classroom” way and allows the children to create their own unique space.

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Hooksett School District Mathematics Blog: What is a Ten Frame

23 Sep

What is a Ten Frame?

In case you missed Becky Wing’s post last week about ten frames on the Hooksett School District Mathematics blog, click the link above or below to read it.  It provides a basic understanding of one of the most important tools our students / children will use in Math in Focus.  The video she posted is below.

“If you’re wondering what a ten frame is and how it can be used to help students develop number sense… watch this video example of a first grade student.”

September Faculty Meeting

12 Sep

Underhill Staff, you can check here for this and past faculty meeting presentations along with other school team and committee minutes.

Hooksett School District Mathematics Blog

4 Sep

Hooksett School District Mathematics: Problem Solving is at the Center

Our School district now has a math blog to help with a successful implementation of our new math program, Math in Focus.  We are committed to providing information and as much support as possible to our students, parents, and staff as we begin year one.  Please click the link above to read the most recent post about the importance of mathematical problem solving.

There are links that lead to resources for parents, students and staff.

Thank you Becky Wing for compiling all of these great resources and providing this information!

The Library Link: CCSS – How can I help you? Let me count the ways…

29 Aug

The Library Link: CCSS – How can I help you? Let me count the ways….

Follow this link to Karen Landsman’s post that reiterates the sentiment mentioned in my blog post about the value of the school librarian.  She is instrumental in ensuring we are addressing the many facets of the Common Core.

Opening Faculty Meeting – August 2013

28 Aug
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Education Week: Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

19 Aug

Education Week: Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

We’ve been discussing for some time now the highlights of the common core.  This article speaks directly to some of the major differences between our old standards with the new.  The article touches on inquiry (how to ask “fat” questions, researching processes–essentially IIM), text complexity, and maintaining the role of literature in students’ lives.  Finally, it describes the important role the school librarian has in helping teachers implement the CCSS.  As we enter into our 2013-14 school year, we’ll be asking that this symbiotic relationship between classroom teacher and school librarian become more collaborative than it already is.

Click the link to visit the article

Smarter Balanced Practice Test Released

3 Jun

Please see the updated information below from NH’s Director of Educational Technology and Online Learning below

Click the picture below to visit the practice test site for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Available nearly two years before the assessment system is implemented in the 2014-15 school year, the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests allow teachers, students, parents, and other interested parties to experience the features of online testing and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core.

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Important Information from Stan Freeda:

A little more about those Practice Tests….they will not work on Internet Explorer browsers.

The Practice Tests provide a preview of the types of questions that will be featured in the summative assessment beginning in 2014-15, including selected-response items, constructed-response items, technology-enhanced items, and performance tasks—extended activities that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems. The Practice Tests are freely available on the Smarter Balanced website.  Before attempting a practice test, it is important to note that these practice tests will only function on supported browsers, depending on the operating system of your device.  Most notably, these tests will not function using the Internet Explorer browser.  A list of supported browsers and operating systems is given at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/.  Please communicate this information to your teachers and students in your school communities as soon as you can to avoid unnecessary confusion and errors.

Read the entire article on the ET News blog at:

http://nhoetnews.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/smarter-balanced-practice-test-released-doesnt-work-on-all-browsers/

Thanks,

Stan Freeda

Educational Technology and Online Learning

NH Department of Education

101 Pleasant Street   Concord, NH   03301

603.271.5132       Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov

www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/

www.opennh.org

www.nheon.org

 

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What do you think?

How does it compare to your current state assessment?

How do you predict your students will do?

Smarter Balanced Practice Test Released

31 May

Click the picture below to visit the practice test site for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Available nearly two years before the assessment system is implemented in the 2014-15 school year, the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests allow teachers, students, parents, and other interested parties to experience the features of online testing and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core.

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What do you think?

How does it compare to your current state assessment?

How do you predict your students will do?

Minecraft – Do You Know What It Is?

20 May

20130520-205648.jpgIn order to discover what and how our students think, it is beneficial to look into their interests. Many of our students may spend an inordinate amount of time building various creations on Minecraft. I have just recently begun scratching the surface of this game, and I’ve realized the extent to which this game could be leveraged for educational purposes.

Follow this link to read Ashley MacQuarrie’s brilliant list of ideas in how Minecraft could be, and is in some cases, used in education.