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14 Tips to Doing Rewrites, Redos, and Reassessments the Right Way
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In Rick Wormeli’s article Redos and Retakes Done Right, he states “allowing students to redo assignments and assessments is the best way to prepare them for adult life.”
According to Wormeli, many teachers feel that denying students opportunities to show their full potential after providing substantial results builds ‘moral fibre’. These teachers have the mindset that there should be rigid deadlines for assignments and that marks should be taken off for late submissions, and even give zeroes in some situations. Wormeli counters by claiming that “these practices have the opposite effect: They retard student achievement and maturation.”
In Kenaston School, specifically in math and the senior sciences, students have the opportunity to redo assessments in 2011-2012. Teachers have taken Wormeli’s guidelines into consideration, applying some of his recommendations. Kenaston teachers advise that by incorporating Wormeli’s ideas into practice, teachers can make redos fair for both the student and teacher.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/04/2018
The 20 Percent Project
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The 20% Project is your chance to learn about something that you are personally interested in, intrigued by, and/or are passionate about. For the rest of the year, you will be given 20% of class time to work on your project, which will be worth 20% of your final grade.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
05/08/2018
21 CC Super Science Fun Workshop
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Powerpoint presentation:

Welcome and Introductions​, Housekeeping items​, Four Corners activity​, Curriculum Information​, Websites and Apps​, So many hands on activities and demos​, A couple of musical interludes, Feedback on the workshop​, Thank you and safe travels home​

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/11/2018
21C Project – Science Inquiry
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Students worked in collaborative learning groups to ask questions and research on the above outcomes. Next, students had to build their own musical instrument and manipulate its sound in a presentation format of their choice, to show their learning.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/20/2018
21st Century Artifact:  Social Studies 5
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We were learning about the importance of First Nations peoples to Canada in Social Studies 5. Students learned about the Medicine Wheel, the importance of the Circle to FN history, and how the FN structures their government, among other concepts. After researching, students compared FN peoples` way of structuring their government with Hutterians` government structure, and found them to be quite similar, which was an eye opener for them. Using a retelling strategy, students worked in small groups to find out certain information, and then as a whole group to share their findings. Students then took the information and as a whole group, collaborated to design a poster that could be hung in any classroom in Canada, showing the structure of government of First Nations people.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/10/2018
21st Century Competencies Artifact 2013-14
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Subject: Cross-curricular Competencies of Thinking, Identity and Interdependence, Literacies, and Social Responsibility that will “strengthen and enrich students’ present learning and future lives.” Saskatchewan Education, 1988

Grade: Not applicable (special needs student)

Theme: Social Interactions

Competency Focus: Strategies that can help a student with ASD manage stress levels, and as a result, social interactions

Subject:
Special Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/07/2018
3/4: Genuis Hour
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The students were given one period each week for 5 weeks to explore their interests and plan, implement and produce a Genius Hour Presentation in a format of their choosing. They began with a few worksheets to identify their interest areas and various ideas in which they may present their information and also various formats both electronically and paper-based which they could use to showcase their learning. The students used books, ipads and computers to access information. Various showcases included working replicas of battery-operated cars and helicopters, working volcanoes, a hockey rink, baking, painting and posters. Students were so engaged that most students completed the majority of their projects outside of school on their own time.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/13/2018
3D Plastecine Saskatchewan Collaborative Map Game
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This year my professional Development SMART Goal was to use cross-curricular instruction strategies in the classroom when pertaining to English Language Arts activities. Consequently, I have merged the Grade ¾ Social Studies Curricular outcomes with the ELA curricular outcomes. This is a Unit plan that I have created to teach the students about the province of Saskatchewan. Some highlights include the following; 1. Using graffiti Charts as a pre-assessor. 2. Discovering research techniques about their own formulated questions. Utilizing ABC Brainstorm 3. Making a Destination Road Map and Puzzle of Saskatchewan 4. Reading Saskatchewan based Literature and creating Pop-up books 5. Creating Mind-Maps of Saskatchewan topics of Study 6. Designing a Life-size Plastecine 3-D Collaborative Saskatchewan Map Game with their own question based upon the mind-map 7. Presenting their Game and own Social Studies examination.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/06/2018
6 + 1 Writing Rubric
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A 5 level writing rubric covering: organization, word choice, conventions, ideas, voice, sentence fluency and presentation.

Subject:
Education
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
05/28/2018
9 Careers Building Positive Image through Collaboration
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This activity will provide each class member with a list of positive attributes, created by their classmates. The purpose of this activity is to boost your classmate’s confidence by letting them know the great things you see in them.

Subject:
Career & Work Exploration
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
06/13/2018
Aboriginal Literatures in Canada - A Teacher's Resource Guide
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Aboriginal Literatures in Canada: A Teacher’s Resource Guide serves a double purpose: to encourage the teaching of Aboriginal literature in English high school curricula across the country because Aboriginal students deserve to be taught texts they can relate to and, because non-Aboriginal students should be educated about Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life through the richness of Aboriginal writing with its innovative uses of the English language. Various works of Aboriginal literature are included.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/18/2018
Accessing  Blackboard
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Blackboard is a course-management system (or CMS) that is web based and password protected. Similar to Moodle, this online program allows staff and students to engage in online or offline classes. It also allows staff and students to utilize online activities and resources (for both online and offline classes).

In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Learning hosts some of its materials on Blackboard so that all educators across the province can access them. It is used to house password protected resources and materials.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/04/2018
Accessing  Ministry Databases
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WHAT ARE ONLINE DATABASES?

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education has developed an online database that allows students and teachers to access hundreds of informational resources such as magazine articles, newspapers, encyclopedias and even journal articles online free of charge. Under a provincial licensing agreement, the Ministry is able to provide free access to Saskatchewan schools. For students conducting online research, the resources in the databases can be a more effective way to ensure that information is from a reliable source. Different reading levels are also available!

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/05/2018
Accessing Sun West  Materials on Kurzweil
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Materials scanned into the Sun West library on Kurzweil can be accessed and used throughout the Division. This means that materials scanned in one school can be saved and accessed by staff in other schools in Sun West. This is a huge time-saving feature for many schools where time to scan may be limited. The copyright understanding is that materials used provided that the school has a “hard copy” of the resource being used. So, if a school is using the Kurzweil scanned version of Underground to Canada, a copy of the book must also be available in the school.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/05/2018
Acid Base
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Students are introduced to the properties of acids and bases, as well as how to name them. This lesson
takes place over two class periods usually. We begin by discussing what students know about acids and
bases. We try to create a student generated list of features. This has ranged from a very small list to
large list in the past, depending on student experiences. Next, I give a lesson on the definition of acids
and bases, followed by some properties. Next, students use a lab to experience and determine which is
an acid or a base (and the relevant strengths) using a stations lab.
Following the lab, students may choose to work in groups or with me in a smaller group on naming and
writing formula for acids and bases. They then practice naming and correct as a group.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/18/2018