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We are THE SYSTEM!

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 7:14pm 0 Comments

Throughout my career I have been privy to a number of conversations, debates, and discussions amongst educators on various educational initiatives and approaches.  During these discussions I have heard people refer to "The System" or "The District" in ways such as, "The System needs to change" or "The District ought to do something about that!"  It's as though "The…

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Inspired by Anna

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 1:43pm 0 Comments

This is Anna.  My family and I met Anna during our 10 day trip to Vietnam this past August.  We were in Vietnam as part of a working vacation.  I had conducted a 2-day workshop for the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and also worked specifically with the Saigon South International School.  After four…

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Over-Prepare 'Em

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 1:46pm 0 Comments

Although many schools/districts have had students in session for a while now, this week, for many, marks the second week of school. As such, it is likely that many of you are preparing your students for their first summative assessment/moment in your class (maybe it's already happened).  Back in January - in my first blog post no less - I wrote that "It's all about Confidence."  While a new school year can provide…

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Function over Format

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

In all of the discussion and debate regarding summative and formative assessments, there is one misunderstanding that seems to be revealing itself more and more.

Too often, the discussion regarding summative v. formative assessment seems to navigate toward a critique of certain assessment formats and their place in either the summative or formative camp.  For me, this is an irrelevant discussion and can distract us from developing balanced assessment systems that seek to match…

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10 Effective Tips To Teach Math For Slow Learner

Teaching math to the slow learner is a challenging task for many parents and tutors. Math may be challenging for slow learner, but not impossible. Students who are slow learner are not learning disabled. They are also like normal students, even slow learners also want to solve math problems but lack of ability and the system of math education made them slow. There are few techniques which can help slow learning students.…See More
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