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Cara Barnes commented on Janet Abercrombie's blog post Classroom Management: Quick Student Groupings
"Hi Janet! Love your ideas - some so familiar! Just found this ning group - hoping to learn a lot! Hope you're well! Cara"
Jan 29, 2012
Megan Anne Nachreiner liked Janet Abercrombie's blog post Beginning-of-year Activities
Oct 24, 2011
Stephanie M. Robertson commented on Janet Abercrombie's blog post Visual Literacy: Teaching Students How Video Can Fool the Viewer
"This is an extremely creative idea. Did you give all the students their own set of the 18 clips? What was the success rate? Did they have access to the original video to check their own and see if it was the same?"
Oct 23, 2011
Stephanie M. Robertson commented on Janet Abercrombie's blog post Bookcasts: Podcasts that Demonstrate Reading Comprehension
"I think that is a fantastic idea! I would love to try that. This truly gets them to thoroughly read through their books and pick out the important details and points. Thank you so much for giving me this very creative idea!"
Oct 22, 2011
Janet Abercrombie posted a blog post

Classroom Management: Quick Student Groupings

Early in my teaching career, I learned that if I can manage classroom movements, I can manage behavior. If I can manage behavior, students learn better. An earlier post discussed the importance of quick and easy transitions between activities. David Ginsburg discusses smooth transitions in terms of …See More
Sep 27, 2011
Janet Abercrombie commented on Janet Abercrombie's blog post Quick Formative Assessment of Student Writing
"Pleasure, Denise. Please let me know what formative assessments you develop!"
Sep 27, 2011
Denise Harris commented on Janet Abercrombie's blog post Quick Formative Assessment of Student Writing
"I really appreciate your post and video!  I am new to primary and while a formative assessment in writing will be far less complex than your example, the video you posted has definitely helped my brian develop some great ideas!  Thank you…"
Sep 24, 2011
Janet Abercrombie posted a blog post

Quick Formative Assessment of Student Writing

Since reading Bill Ferriter's post on whether or not true formative assessment is possible, I've been wondering how I could make my own formative assessments more efficient. This post features a screencast of me looking at student work for the purposes of formative assessment. Formative assessment is continuous assessment. In the context of writing…See More
Sep 24, 2011
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Sep 19, 2011
Janet Abercrombie posted a blog post

Parent Night Activities: Getting Parents and Students Actively Involved

It's never too early in the year to begin thinking about Parent Night. The thought of talking for an hour to a group of adults seems daunting. Even with children, I try to speak no more than five minutes before directing them to an activity that synthesizes what was shared. I have parents and students do the talking. Here are some suggestions if you want to get parents and students more active in the process: 1. Have parents active from the moment they enter the classroom.…See More
Sep 17, 2011
Janet Abercrombie commented on Melissa Johnston's blog post Netbooks are Here!
"Congrats! My 5th grade students love having computers and use them very responsibly. For reading comprehension, you might try bookcasts. We were able to do these using Microsoft technology (before the school went to Mac)."
Sep 16, 2011
Janet Abercrombie commented on Amy Bauman's blog post Technology in the classroom
"I like that blog too. I haven't figured out a way to make it completely paperless.    One of the "problems" when you use less paper is that parents don't see daily work come home. This year, I'm experimenting with…"
Sep 16, 2011
Janet Abercrombie commented on Elizabeth Wilson's blog post Blog postings vs. Parent-Teacher Conference
"I think he parents still want the 1:1 time with the teacher. This is even more true for parents who still feel themselves novice users of technology.   That said, you can make parent night easier and you can post student work on…"
Sep 16, 2011
Michelle Anderson liked Janet Abercrombie's blog post Bookcasts: Podcasts that Demonstrate Reading Comprehension
Sep 11, 2011
Janet Abercrombie posted a blog post

Beyond Compliance: Teaching Students to Make Responsible Decisions

I have been going home exhausted. Yes, I'm getting used to early mornings. But I think the most draining aspect of a new school year is fielding the hundreds of questions fired at me. I'm sure you've heard them:"Can I call home/go to the restroom/return my book/fill my water bottle...?""Do I...?""What do...?""Where does this go?"Procedural questions can be handled by…See More
Sep 9, 2011
Janet Abercrombie posted a blog post

Bookcasts: Podcasts that Demonstrate Reading Comprehension

Photo accessed through Creative Commons, attributed to http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamstanley/When you talk to a 10-year-old about a book, the child will most often give you a rundown that includes a string of "And then...and then...and then..." How can you help students pick out the important parts of a story?At the…See More
Sep 7, 2011

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Hong Kong International School
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About Me
My 16 years in education have provided me with experiences instructing diverse students in elementary and middle school settings. I have worked with students of all socioeconomic backgrounds and with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have experience in international education, Lutheran education, and public education.

In 2003, I became involved with strategic planning. Curriculum development is my passion. I especially enjoy aligning curriculum and assessments with the larger goals and priorities of an organization. I believe that continual formative assessments at the classroom level and the organizational level are necessary for effective change management.

As expateducator.com continues and my readership grows, you can expect to see eBooks and Tutorials. I’m currently thinking of ways to set up an effective Minimalist Classroom. The Minimalist Classroom is the classroom where the teacher is able to separate him/herself activities or procedures that interrupt solid planning, instruction, assessment, and communication. The Minimalist Classroom is environmentally-friendly and integrates technology so that the classroom uses the least paper possible.

While my credentials are solid, I’m still learning. You will be reading about my foibles. I hope you will make comments on solutions you have discovered. Online Professional Learning Communities can be extremely powerful.

When I’m not blogging or teaching, I am writing a dissertation on Performance Pay in Education. In the dissertation, I am discovering international school administrator views of Performance Pay.

For fun, you can read about my adventures as an expat. My friend Thais and I operate Expat Sisterhood (http://blog.expatsisterhood.com).

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Classroom Management: Quick Student Groupings

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 5:25am 1 Comment

Early in my teaching career, I learned that if I can manage classroom movements, I can manage behavior. If I can manage behavior, students learn better.

 

An earlier post discussed the importance of quick and easy transitions between activities. David Ginsburg discusses smooth transitions in terms of …

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Quick Formative Assessment of Student Writing

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 1:56am 2 Comments

Since reading Bill Ferriter's post on whether or not true formative assessment is possible, I've been wondering how I could make my own formative assessments more efficient. This post features a screencast of me looking at student work for the purposes of formative assessment.

 

Formative assessment is continuous assessment. In the context…

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10 Ways to Help Students Create Quality Video and Audio Productions

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 7:13am 0 Comments

 

 

 

I shied away from tech productions projects. I was a scaredy-cat. Why? Whenever I gave my students a video project, the products demonstrated fun and engagement, but little learning.

 

I needed to learn how to help students create quality productions.

 

Over the past three years, I've discovered a system that helps me help students create media productions that…

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Parent Night Activities: Getting Parents and Students Actively Involved

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:30am 0 Comments

It's never too early in the year to begin thinking about Parent Night.

 

The thought of talking for an hour to a group of adults seems daunting. Even with children, I try to speak no more than five minutes before directing them to an activity that synthesizes what was shared.

 

I have parents and students do the talking. Here are some suggestions if you want to get parents and students more active in the process:

 

1. Have parents active from the…

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