Welcome back to CELLT!
After a hiatus to re-orient the direction of CELLT as it pertains to our mission, we are back with a new feature: DataStream, a blog and resource by Scott McMullen, Educational Data Analyst for the Graham Family of Schools.
If you think that studying is boring, your school needs improvement. Modern education experts worldwide do everything to change students' view on studying and make them believe that the learning process can be interesting, effective, and captivating. But you shouldn't get disappointed — the amendments take time, and improvement will undoubtedly touch your educational institution sooner or later. And so far, your task is to make yourself interested in studying alone. You can complete only those interesting assignments and trust the difficult ones to professional writers. They know how to write a paper in apa or any other formatting style and make it deserve the highest grade and praise from the professor. Isn't it amazing? Students have many more duties besides homework, and it's okay that they can manage their time and decide what assignments are important for them and what are not. Remember that it's not cheating; it's assistance.
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The eTech Ohio Conference, February 1, 2, and 3 is the largest state conference dealing with education and technology. It is a dedicated time when Ohio educators, (teachers, faculty, librarians, instructional designers, administrators, students, technicians) network, listen and explore -- then roll up their sleeves and learn! It is a dedicated time where folks rub elbows with people like themselves; hear from international experts; recognize teaching excellence, scholarship, student accomplishments, and tech innovations. It is a dedicated time where educators (from pre-school, elementary and secondary education, career centers, colleges, universities, and adult education) can tap into the best educational currents across the state and re-energize!
What I learned from the three-day certification training:
Why The Graham Family of Schools (TGFS) is implementing OTES for the evaluation of teachers
Another article from Robert Pondiscio, this time from 2010.
Here's an article by Robert Pondiscio, a former 5th grade teacher and editor of the Core Knowledge Blog.
Pondiscio writes about the difference between the intuition (and training!) with which many teachers approach teaching kids how to write, and some of the challenges and limitations that come with that line of thinking:
This article, published Friday in the New York Times, describes one of the primary issues with student readiness for Kindergarten and the importance of reading to and talking with children before they are in kindergarten (not that it isn't a good idea to continue doing so after that, heh), and how it might affect educational opportunity down the line.
NWEA MAP Assessments are complete, and data is available for Graham, Charles and GEMS. Please contact the administrator for access to the data if you don't already have access.
Here are a couple resources for test preparation that might be helpful.
The Ohio Statewide Testing Portal
This site includes problems from old Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests. The questions include the standards that are aligned with them, which is nice. The site requires a login, but that's easily created, and doesn't require any sort of verification that you even work at a school. (Hat Tip: Dawn Ramsey)
Here are the two opinion pieces from Richard Posner and Gary Becker regarding the recent Chicago teacher strike, and some of the things influencing it, including teacher assessment.
Here's a video on how to prepare pre-slugged answer sheets for assessments in Illuminate. Teachers have been using blank answer sheets, and as a result, when the answers are scanned in with GradeCam, the answers aren't associated with specific students - which is tedious to overcome.