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Assessment & Reporting — Eltham North Primary School The Reading Benchmarking Data is collected in mid-November each year. Our Reading Recovery Teacher completes the ‘running records’ for each student in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 against the required Benchmark texts. (Having one highly-trained person to administer the assessments ensures consistency of results). Unit Leaders and class teachers receive a copy of their students’ results. This information is also communicated to the next year’s class teacher, so that they are aware of which students may require additional support. The Support Team analyse student results to determine the effectiveness of the Prep Literacy Support, Year 1/2 Literacy Support, Reading Recovery and Horizons programs for participating students.

ELT Rants, Reviews, and Reflections In my last post, I looked at some blog posts I wished I’d commented on in 2013. In this post, I’d like to share some newer blogs that have caught my attention. Please do click through to them if you don’t want me to get all stroppy. Please also let me know in the comments about other new ELT blogs which have caught your attention and I will happily list them too. This is not my first time to share new ELT blogs.

Online publication for school educators Research has identified teacher feedback as a significant influence on student achievement in the classroom (Hattie, 2008). In an effort to maximise academic growth, teachers have been encouraged to provide more feedback to their students. However, not all feedback is equal. Brad Pitt on 'Ad Astra,' Faith, and Being a Gazelle Pitt made the movie with an old friend of his, the director James Gray, and both men will tell you that—though Ad Astra takes the form of an action film, complete with moon-set buggy chases and space-capsule shoot-outs—it's really about the ideas and thoughts and fears that seize you as you roll into late middle age. Are we alone in this world? Can we ever be truly understood—or, for that matter, ever understand ourselves? “Almost all of it is trying to figure out a way to express our emotional interior,” Gray told me. “And almost none of it: ‘I gotta get the gun.’

8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School The first day of class can be daunting. Students are curious about the new faces around them, intimidated–even frightened by the prospect of so many people they know nothing about. As a teacher, you might feel the same way. You knew everything about last year’s students, got excited when their baseball team won the playoffs, cried with them when a favorite pet passed away, cheered when they got an A in math. Those details–that intimate knowledge–helped you understand what motivated them so you could differentiate instruction to reach each of them where they were.

How to engage primary students with STEM in the classroom - Ian Fairhurst - ABC Splash - On Wednesday 24 May at 4 pm (AEST) Splash will host a live chat with ICT integrator Ian Fairhurst. He will talk about the importance of STEM and will answer the questions you post during the event. In this article, Ian shares some of his ideas and classroom successes.

Retirees: Does Guaranteed Money For Life Sound Really Tempting? You’ll never have to worry about the stock market. If it crashes, your money will be fine.” Plenty of retirees fall for this trap. It’s called a fixed-income annuity. 25 BEST WEBSITES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH I want the new e-book! How do you learn English in your free time? Do you meet internationals in cafés, do you self-study using books, do you get on the internet? When it comes to learning many people have realized they are not going to acquire the language just by sitting in classrooms. But not everyone has the opportunity to walk out to the street and start practising with the passers-by. Most of us, who are learning English, don’t live in an English-speaking country.

How to tell fake news from real news In November 2016, Stanford University researchers made an alarming discovery: across the US, many students can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad. This lack of media literacy makes young people vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” — which can have real consequences. Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item:

Why your returns may be better with all-in-one ETFs than individual funds It was easy to buy jeans when I was in high school in the late 1980s. I liked Levi’s 501s. They had a button fly and, as long as I picked the right size, I was good to go. It’s a lot different now. When I shop for jeans today, I often leave the stores empty-handed. There are too many choices including skinny, slim, straight, relaxed and tapered.

Technology can transform education, but not without people #ISTE2015 It’s been five years since I joined Twitter. To be honest, I didn’t know what Twitter was all about when I joined. I knew that I wanted to share what I was writing with the world, and besides my Mom, my friends, and my wife (sometimes) there was no one out there who seemed particularly interested in what I was writing about: teaching and learning. At the time I didn’t know many other people who were educators, and I sure didn’t know many people who wanted to talk about education (much less transform education). There was almost no one in my school who was connected online with other teachers and leaders.