PRIMEd Principal Blog

Effective Grading Practices

PRIMEd Principal
March 2016

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A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades, Second Edition by Ken O’Connor

 

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Grading student work is something we have to do as teachers, however, we typically use a grading system that was either used with us as students, or we use the one our master teacher used during our student teaching days, or we develop one that makes sense for us. (more…)

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Mathematics Specialists and Coaches – Catalyst for Meaningful Professional Learning

PRIMEd Principal
January 2016

 

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Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders Project – McDaniel College’s Elementary Mathematics Specialists & Teacher Leaders (ems&tl) Project is supported by the Brookhill Institute of Mathematics. The ems&tl Project addresses issues related to and in support of elementary mathematics specialists (EMS)

https://sites.google.com/site/emstlonline/

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We need elementary school mathematics specialists, elementary classroom teachers who know and understand mathematics and can effectively mentor their colleagues. Given the need for students with a mathematics and science background and interest, this project is a first step in that direction, with multiple national implications.”                       – Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell, ems&tl Project Director

 

Many school systems are currently exploring ways to ensure that students receive mathematics instruction from teachers who have a deep understanding of mathematics content and pedagogy. (more…)

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Leading with Formative Assessment

PRIMEd Principal
November 2015

Tool:  Embedded Formative Assessment, Dylan Wiliam

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Formative assessment is not something we give kids; it is a process we engage in to help our students take ownership over their own learning. At Bellingham High School, we are committed to increasing our graduation rate by closing the achievement gap. (more…)

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Ad Infinitum – From Bright Spots to Bright Landscapes

PRIMEd Principal
October 2015

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This YouTube  video describes the essential shifts in mathematics instruction and serves as a useful tools for leaders working with families and community members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjmoqMpsrEA

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Mathematics is as much an aspect of culture as it is a collection of algorithms.

~Carl Boyer~

In order for meaningful change to occur, change that will impact the mathematics outcomes for every student in every classroom, we must have school leaders who are willing to initiate, foster and enhance collaborative mathematics learning structures that impact every teacher. The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), through the PRIME leadership framework and its companion resource, It’s Time, has equipped us with two powerful tools to guide this effort. As a principal engaged in the work of building this capacity, I draw upon these resources to structure my actions, guide my reflections, and sustain my courage. (more…)

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Assessment Leadership – It’s Time: Systemic Change – The School Improvement Plan and Classroom Instruction: MACRO vs MICRO

PRIMEd Principal
May 2015

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Math Leadership Team ( central office and building administrators with  teachers and community members)

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Within every complex organization, just as within a school district or school, there seems to be a tug-of-war between emphasis at the macro level vs the micro level.  The School Improvement Plan (MACRO) is elaborate and necessary to establish a vision: goals, expected outcomes, timelines and funding are put in place to move the system forward.  (more…)

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