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The 2 Sisters Joan and Gail modeling The Daily 5™ Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining and directing students on a daily basis? Are you questioning the value of busy work but afraid that ceasing from such activities will lead to chaos in the classroom?

Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library April 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. As our libraries evolve in the age of digital information, they need our help more than ever to stay well-funded and supported so they can grow in their critical role as advocates of technology and information literacy. Should they become learning commons, gathering places for trading information, technology hotspots, makerspaces, or all of the above?

DAILY 5 vs. TC Readers/Writers Workshop models. I really like the CAFE as it helps stucture the reader's workshop a bit more for me. I also like how the CAFE focuses on the four major areas of reading. Kathy Collins book Growing readers has great minilessons especially for beginning the reading workshop. 4. Teaching as Inquiry - 2015 Master Appraisal Site Effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students. At Pakuranga Heights School we are working towards embedding teaching as inquiry into our system wide practices in order to move towards teachers having many opportunities to inquire in order to view inquiry as a way of professional being. Teaching as inquiry has occurred the last two years when we come together as a team each term to evaluate student progress towards meeting our annual achievement targets, our performance goals for reading, writing and mathematics and in 2015 our teaching as inquiry professional learning circles that will occur twice per term. The model below shows the two ways how teaching as inquiry can be understood; as a cycle of learning and as a way of professional being. As a school we advocate open discussion on our practice that is supportive to promote individual teacher, team and organisational learning.

Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning After reading an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, students form a circle to engage in conversation about liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The inquiry circle begins with two questions posed by the teacher: What is more important, liberty or the pursuit of happiness? Are liberty and the pursuit of happiness inalienable rights? To begin, some students argue that liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only open to the people who follow rules within a society. The Daily 5 A few years ago I discovered The Daily 5 and instantly saw the power it had in guiding literacy instruction. This video walks you throughstep-by-step to success! I looked around my classroom and realized that my students were not getting as much quality, on-level, independent reading time as I would like. I kept thinking, “How can they become better readers if they don’t have time to read?” I searched the internet for ideas. Lots of book buckets ideas, gimmicks and stuff floated by my screen.

Pioneer School Programme Pond Pioneer School Programme The rollout of Pond continues with the launch of the Pioneer School programme, an exclusive programme that allows schools to get their entire staff into Pond. The Pioneer School programme allows N4L to get a whole school perspective and understand what happens when an entire school’s teaching community uses Pond. 6 Differentiation Strategies For New Teachers As a new teacher, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of abilities in my classroom. How was I supposed to meet all of my students’ needs while simultaneously covering grade level content? As I learned more about differentiation, this became easier, but it still remained one of the most challenging aspects of teaching.

<center><img src="cutecolorsfae8b.gif"><img src="welcomefriends.gif"><img src="cutecolorsfae8b.gif"> Mrs. Vensko's Reading Workshop: "With the introduction of choice, a child's world changes!" The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers First came cloud-based word processing in the form of Google Docs. With cloud-based word processing in education, teachers could remotely access student work, students (provided they had internet access and had a Google account) could retrieve their work from anywhere, and writers could collaborate in real-time with their peers to double-team the pain-staking work that is the writing process. Then Google finally delivered on the long-rumored Google Drive, giving teachers and students the ability to store both documents and images, pdfs and presentations, video files, and more, turning Google into a cloud hard-drive of sorts. Further, the change to Google Drive brought with it access to apps to bolster what Google Drive could do.

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