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10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning – Ditch That Textbook
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What can students do to make learning really stick?

Cognitive science tells us it's NOT to re-read our notes or textbook.

Instead, practice "retrieval" -- recalling what we've learned out of our brains, not our books.

This post outlines 10 simple tips and strategies you can use in class to make learning long-term, including:
1. Brain dumps
2. Two things
3. Retrieve taking (instead of note taking)
4. Student-produced quizzes
5. Guided conversation
6. Now, then, and way back
7. Self testing
8. Recall information visually
9. Retrieval mapping
10. White board exit ticket

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Date Added:
04/13/2021
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 Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Assessment Supports for ESSP Reading, Writing & Math
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This is the main site for supports for the provincial Reading, Writing & Math Assessments.

Here you will find a folder for each of the following: Reading, Writing, Math, Data Submission Templates & Sector Assessment Plan.

If you have problems accessing this site contact networkservices@gov.sk.ca or 1-866-933-8333.

Subject:
Band
English Language Arts
Math
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Government of Saskatchewan
Date Added:
01/10/2020
21st Century SECRET Skill Reflections
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Here is a collection of resources you can use to have students reflect on their 21st century skills. Many of these were initially used after a STEM challenge, but they could be used after any activity.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/14/2018
21st Century SECRET Skills Resources for Primary Grades PeBL
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These resources can helps support the development of 21st Century SECRET skills in your primary classroom.
Included are: a one page poster that explains what each skill means in student-friendly language; a brochure to share with parents & a student self-reflection on their SECRET skills.
Author - Val Arthur

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/04/2018
21st Century SECRET Skills Rubrics
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These rubrics break each of the six major skills into their four subsets and rank them on a scale of 1 to 5. Please note that team work is usually represented by a train, but is tamarin monkeys in this document & enquiry is usually represented by Eisenstein but is enquiring Eddy in this document.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/10/2018
21st Century Skills (FASA) 7 C  Rubric Exemplars Grades 6 to 9
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Sun West 21st Century 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Grades 6 to 9 for:
character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, computer and digital technologies, and cultural and ethical citizenship.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
02/25/2020
21st Century Skills (FASA) 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Grades 10 to 12
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Sun West 21st Century Skills 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Grades 10 to 12 for character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, computer and digital technologies, and cultural and ethical citizenship.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
02/25/2020
21st Century Skills (FASA) 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Kindergarten to Grade 5
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Sun West 21st Century Skills 7 C Rubric Exemplars for Kindergarten to Grade 5 for character, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking , computer and digital technologies, and cultural and ethical citizenship.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
03/02/2020
21st Century Skills Rubrics
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Various rubrics across K-12 covering Project Based Learning, Project Design, Creativity, Innovation, Presentations, Collaboration, Teamwork, Critical thinking

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Buck Institute For Education
Date Added:
05/29/2018
The 6 Step Process of PBL
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The 6 STEP PROCESS OF PBL is a Problem Solving Process that allows you to break down and organize the structure of a PBL Unit into six different stages: 1. Define the Problem, 2. Solution Criteria, 3. Solution Research, 4. Pick a Solution, 5. Create, Run, and Inspect Solution, and 6. Reflect on Solution.

This terrific resource has a FREE PDF file of this process and how to run each step. The site also includes many resources, blog articles, examples of the process in elementary, middle and high schools, rubrics, videos and more at each step of the process. A great one-stop shop!

Subject:
Education
21st Century Competencies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Magnify Learning
Date Added:
01/27/2022
8 easy brain boosts for testing time – Ditch That Textbook
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Small changes to test prep — and the day of the big test — can reap huge rewards. Learn about these brain-friendly strategies that work.

Cognitive science — the study of thought, learning and mental organization — tells us a lot about getting students primed to succeed on tests.

This resource outlines some practices that can help as you approach tests — and even on the day of the test:
1. Use retrieval to lock learning in long-term.
2. Mix up question types with interleaving.
3. Instead of cramming, space out practice.
4. Happiness is powerful.
5. Time of day matters.
6. Soak up the sun.
7. Breaks are essential.
8. Get up and move, move, move.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Date Added:
04/13/2021