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What is a Performance Task? (Part 1) - Learning Personalized Jay McTighe is an accomplished author, having co-authored 14 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into ten languages. Jay has also written more than 35 articles and book chapters, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and Education Week. A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. Performance tasks yield a tangible product and/or performance that serve as evidence of learning.

School Libraries Transform Having a transformative school library is an issue of equity. According to its mission, the American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. The words “leaders” and “transform” are key. How can we flip assessment to build a PBL culture? It’s been said a parent is a child’s first teacher. When a toddler attempts to talk or walk or feed himself or herself, the parent applauds the success or provides feedback on how to succeed. This transaction – rooted in language – fosters a child’s social cognition, which develops metamemory, the precursor to metacognitive thinking.

Framework for teaching and technology To what degree should teachers be held accountable for the effective use of technology provided to them by their district? And if there should be accountability, how might it be assessed? Many districts use Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching as a guide for teacher evaluations. Browse This! Great Magazines for Kids and Teens There are fewer things more exciting as a kid than getting a piece of mail. For many adults of a certain age, checking the mailbox each month for Highlights magazine was a beloved ritual, a milestone of sorts. In the library, magazines have an important, if somewhat unusual role. Being somewhat flimsy in comparison to hardcover books, they don’t hold up to repeated circulations, and attrition rates are often high. And yet, studies and anecdotes show that magazines are an ideal choice for atypical, struggling, and reluctant readers. Well-placed periodicals often see high in-library usage among a wide variety of readers and can be used as a starting point for research or simply enjoyed as a quick pleasure read.

Steps to Help Low-Income Students Direct Their Own Learning When Susan Wolfe, an elementary school teacher in Boise, Idaho, asks her class the qualities of a good student, kids often list things like: taking responsibility for themselves, doing homework, being good communicators. By focusing on the what the students believe — instead of what she could dictate to them — Wolfe applies techniques of student-centered learning, which she has embraced throughout her 18-year teaching career working almost exclusively in Title I schools. “The kids need to believe that they’re not here to have learning crammed down their throats,” she said. She says it is fundamental for teachers to take the time to build a class culture for which students take ownership. And contrary to many stereotypes about disadvantaged kids, in her experience, every child, no matter their background, wants that learning autonomy. To build that type of environment, Wolfe first asks students to list the qualities they think make a good student.

Reset your brain: do a mind dump! You know the state — too many tabs open, too many notifications, too much noise. You try to think about what you are doing right now, but you can’t focus. Your mind is in the future, thinking about a bazillion things you need to finish, the email you are supposed to send by the beginning of the month. 5 Minute Librarian: Does Your Library Transform Lives? A few months ago, ALA announced their new public awareness campaign called Libraries Transform. From the clean and bright design to the message behind it. It is so positive. It moves the conversation from how libraries are obsolete to how libraries are making a difference in people's lives RIGHT NOW.

theconversation Vast amounts of personal, behavioural and academic data about children are being collected, processed and used by schools, local authorities, and the government every year. But a recent review by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK of 50 websites and apps used by children found that only a third had “effective controls in place to limit the collection of personal information from children”. There is a real risk to children that their activities online may be monitored and their personal and behavioural traits the subject of profiling by third parties. Children and their parents may have little or no knowledge of these activities or the fact that a wide range of their personal information is being stored in databases for an indefinite period. SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores The members of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) have always known how important school librarians and library programs are to student achievement in their state; however, they needed a way to prove it to administrators, teachers, parents, and legislators who were yet to be convinced. To develop their case, in 2013, the SCASL board commissioned a study conducted by Keith Curry Lance, consulting with RSL Research Group president Marcia J. Rodney and vice president Bill Schwarz. The group had previously conducted 17 school library impact studies in 14 states. As with those studies, data from How Libraries Transform Schools by Contributing to Student Success: Evidence Linking South Carolina School Libraries and PASS & HSAP Results revealed that school library programs contribute to student success. Seven school library characteristics were associated with these measures of student achievement.

EBSCO offers five scholarships to attend 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting — winners receive up to $1,500 for conference-related expenses CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. The scholarship allows more librarians to take advantage of the opportunities for continuing education, meetings and interactions with colleagues at the meeting, which will take place from Jan. 20 – 24, 2017. Each scholarship will provide up to $1,500 to defray the cost of for conference registration, travel and expenses. One of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, January 22. The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2016 and entries will be judged by a jury designated by ALA.