High Stakes Assessments

CCS - Private International School, S. Korea vs. FCPCS - Charter School, Arizona Sitting down to write this I find that I am surprised. I am surprised because at the outset of this assignment I had expected one outcome, but found that my stereotype was, in fact (gasp!), wrong. I had been eager to research this… Continue reading High Stakes Assessments

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My 1st Attempt at “Backward Mapping”

Here is my example of “Backward Mapping” for the California Common Core State Standard for grade 2, standard number 6: “With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including collaboration with peers” (Common Core State Standards California, 2013). I chose this standard to develop my unit… Continue reading My 1st Attempt at “Backward Mapping”

Addressing Positive and Negative Behavior in Class

This week I spent time considering how I might reward/reinforce positive student behavior as well as my method of responding to negative behavior and its consequences. I think this exercise will be helpful for me to repeat once I am in my 2nd grade classroom as well. Seeing as I am a librarian and elementary… Continue reading Addressing Positive and Negative Behavior in Class

High Performance Learning Environments: Video Analyses

Video Analyses Academic expectations - do you think the teacher holds high performance expectations for students in each of these scenarios? Why or why not? Roller Coasters - I believe that the teacher in this example does hold high expectations of her students. There are so many layers to her project  -  science, physics, math,… Continue reading High Performance Learning Environments: Video Analyses

~Flow~

I’ve always loved playing games. I have honestly never been a video gamer, but I think a lot of the concepts I’ve learned about in this lesson apply to board games too. When think of “flow” I think of playing my absolute favorite card game: Multiple Solitaire (also called Nertz). When I play this game… Continue reading ~Flow~