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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
1. Learner Profiles - Open Me First!
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The following document contains everything you need to get started with Learner Profiles.  Suggested inventories and resoures are included by grade grouping. Section 1 - Getting Started...Read This First (really...read this first!);Secton 2 - Kindergarten to Grade 2 Resources;Section 3 - Grade 3 to 5 Resources;Section 4 - Grade 6 to 9 Resources;Section 5 - Grade 10 to 12 Resources;Section 6 - How to Build a Learner Profile;Section 7 - Now What?

Subject:
Education
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Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
08/31/2020
Famous Failures Video
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This is a great video to introduce the idea that failure isn't failure if you keep on trying. It's only failure if you quit.
This can be used to introduce PBL, genius hour, or any time your students are struggling or want to give up easily.

Consider having the students watch the film, then give them a reflection question. Have them re-watch the video with your question in mind and then respond.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
10/22/2019
The Grit Scale
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The Grit Scale was developed by Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

The Grit Scale is used to identify traits that might predict success.

The complete test and more information is available in Angela Duckworth's book: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance."

Subject:
Education
Career & Work Exploration
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Author:
Angela Duckworth
Date Added:
09/27/2018
A Guide to Your Best Year Teaching With Smart K12 Goal Setting Methods
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Sometimes it's our own kids, and other times it's other people's kids that send us into the restroom crying. Either way it's no fun and can begin to weigh us down to a slow drudge on our morning commute into work. Take a minute to absorb this free eBook and "Stop Crying in the Restroom [it ain't that deep]."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Laron Carter
Date Added:
09/05/2018
Juggling - Middle Years
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Juggling in Middle Years

I originally presented this assignment to students as part of a "Character Building" unit on self-discipline.

This assignment is used as one assessment for outcomes 7.5, 8.3, and 9.4/9.5 in middle years PE.

The students use their own time to complete the juggling task, and are instructed to track their progress and present it to the teacher in any way they want. I usually give the students a month to complete the assignment.

Subject:
Physical Education
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Jenna Zdunich
Date Added:
09/30/2019
Self-Management or Self-Regulation Bell Task Activity SECRET
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This activity makes students aware of how well they are self-managing or regulating.
It ASKS : "Today when you are working, there will be a clock or timer on the SMARTBoard. At random intervals, you will hear a beep or a bell. When you hear the sound, reflect on your behaviour. Are you self-managing?"
Students complete the chart attached to measure their growth and ability to self-manage or regulate.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/10/2018
Student Guest Reader - 21st Century Skills Books & Self Assessment
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Student's prepared and read a children's book that demonstrate one of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Grit, Growth Mindset, SECRET skills, 21st Century Skills, Problem Solving, etc). The book was chosen for the student for the 1st round, then students chose their own book for the second round.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Jill Long
Timothy Hom
Brenna SIroski
Date Added:
01/18/2019