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Friday Focus – November 13, 2015

Friday Focus! Friday the `13th, November 13, 2015 Delusion, Distraction, Waste The preface of a mathematics resource book informs the reader of the following: In accordance with our principle of relative inclusiveness, we have at-tempted to define every term used in our definitions. However, just as we have tried to set the level of each

Friday Focus – November 6, 2015

Friday Focus! November 6, 2015 “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a

Friday Focus – October 30, 2015

Friday Focus! October 30, 2015 “Tell me, and I forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” Chinese proverb All people smile in the same language. (Adams & Johnson, 1997) Every teacher at Almadina must strive to become an ESL teacher. We can and we must find a way to

Friday Focus – October 23, 2015

Friday Focus!  October 23, 2015 To provide a knowledge-centered classroom environment, attention must be given to what is taught, why it is taught, and what competence or mastery looks like.(Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 2000, p. 24) This month, I started conducting classroom visits and walkthrough. Immediately after an observation, I email the teacher a document

Friday Focus – October 16, 2015

Friday Focus! October 16, 2015 “We need to be the change we want to see happen. We are the lead­ers we have been waiting for.” Mohandis K. Gandhi Over the last few weeks, Ms. Jacob and the administration team have been dealing with one particular issue at school and on the bus. This issue is

Friday Focus – October 9, 2015

Friday Focus! October 9, 2015 The most basic way teachers have to stimulate interactive thinking and learning in the classroom is through the use of questions. (Rice & Taylor, 2000) As a classroom teacher, I often reminded myself that my lessons should be effective, efficient, and relevant. By incorporating focused questioning techniques, teachers can help

Friday Focus – September 25, 2015

Friday Focus! September 25, 2015 “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.” Garrison Keillor After teaching Grade 7 for 2 years, I decided to accept a position teaching grade 9

Friday Focus! – September 18

Friday Focus! September 18 Educators who believe in effort-based ability believe that all students can do rigorous academic work at high standards, even if they are far behind academically and need a significant amount of time to catch up. Educators who carry this belief into practice are not unrealistic about the obstacles they and their

Friday Focus! – September 11

Friday Focus! September 11 Schooling occupies only about 13% of the waking hours of the first 18 years of life, which is less than the amount of time students spend watching television. (Fraser, Walberg, Welch, & Hattie, 1987, p. 234) I have never been a huge proponent of abundant amounts of homework; my tune has

Friday Focus! – September 4

Friday Focus! September 4, 2015 What makes a good school has very little to do with how rich or poor the students are or the type of curriculum that’s taught. It has very little to do with special programs, expansive playing fields, huge endowments, snappy uniforms, celebrity alumni, or whether the school is wired to