Janet Abercrombie
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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).

Janet Abercrombie's Blog

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 …


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…


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…


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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