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Susan Walter

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Education Update:Seeing Beyond the Glass Half-Full:Supercharge Parent Communication. Throughout my doctoral studies and work as an instructional coach, my observations have exposed me to a variety of best practices.

Education Update:Seeing Beyond the Glass Half-Full:Supercharge Parent Communication

One key to student success is the partnership between schools and families. Technology, I've observed, is a quick and often easy way to strengthen this connection. From apps that allow teachers to provide parents with reminders to blogs where students share projects and schoolwork with parents, the potential for engagement is limitless. Keep parents up-to-date on homework and events. Websites like Remind, a free and secure messaging tool, let teachers create an account, set up a class, and send text messages to parents and students about school and classroom information. Give parents a window into the classroom. Seeger and Johnson recommend that teachers first discuss the process with students and their families. Share student progress. Help tame the homework beast. Bridget Stegman is an instructional coach for Topeka Public Schools in Kansas. Marking and Work Scrutiny. How would you go about monitoring marking consistency and student progress across a large secondary school; as well as aiming to reduce teacher’s workload?

Marking and Work Scrutiny

Feedback: Last week I asked you this; In our school, we do not grade individual lessons as we understand that a wider evidence base, developing the teacher in a progress-over-time methodology is required. Our evolving a mark-plan-teach philosophy, alongside a range of tools, strategies and sources of evidence has also been designed and considered throughout. Here, I share how we will go about monitoring the first part of our mark-plan-teach pedagogy. Here is the current one-page summary; the full policy will be published later in the spring.

My Study

Blog Ideas. Assessment. Personal Reading. Life after Levels. Leadership Development. Technology in Schools. Change Management in Schools. Growth Mindset Development. Understanding by Design. Mindfulness in Children.

Metacognition in Learning

Recipes. Places to Visit. Why We Need Common Core: "I choose C.". INCIDENTAL COMICS. View our Latest Career Videos & Stories – icould. Head Teacher. 11 Inspiring TED Talks for Modern Educators. Critical Thinking. Bloom's Taxonomy. Enquiry Based Learning. Language Learning. What is education? International Schools International Teaching Magazine.

Over 20 years ago I made a huge decision to leave the beautiful south coast city of Brighton, home for over 15 years, to go and live and work in Jakarta, Indonesia.

International Schools International Teaching Magazine

It was a big adventure and one of the best things I have ever done. The first few weeks held many new experiences not least of which was learning to speak some basic Bahasa Indonesian. That in itself was interesting. The language was easy to grasp and the letters and sounds were the same as English, more or less. Let’s be honest though, I wasn’t speaking high society level Bahasa Indonesian – just the basic stuff.

The Flower Man at BIS, Jakarta. Very quickly I came across the word belum which means not yet. For me ‘not yet’ also holds an idea of what could be instead of a straight, dismissive ‘no’. Have you visited the souk/tea plantation/night market? Have you tried diving/snorkelling/batik painting/sand boarding? Have you applied for that international teaching job you’ve been looking at? Perhaps belum is your best answer! ‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data.’ (Original photo by Bigstock Washington Post photo illustration) For over a decade, “big data” and “analytics” have increasingly become a part of the education world.

‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data.’

(Big data is a term used to describe data sets so large that they can only be analyzed by computers, and analytics is used to describe how the data is collected, analyzed and used.) Big data lovers believe the information can help policy-makers make systemic improvements in student outcomes — but, so far, that hasn’t happened. Here is a post about the problems with big data in education and about something new that could actually make a real difference: “small data.” What is it? Sahlberg, one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices, is a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?” Local. Garden International School (Official Site) - Journal.