Saturday, 15 November 2014

Bright Ideas Round Up

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link- Up!

This one is a special one! Over the past 10 months, we have shared thousands of great ideas through our monthly Bright Ideas event.

This month, we’re re-capping all of those great ideas, just in case you missed any! Below you will find some of my bright ideas from the past several months just click on the photos below to read the blog posts that catch your eye.


I am always loosing my classroom resources. I finally came up with a cheap and quick idea to make them MINE. 

I always did not know what to do with my professional development hand outs and notes once I left a PD session. In this post I share three different methods of keeping them organized so you can actually use them in the future.

Do you ever feel like you want to assess something but not put a grade or a level on it? This simple three check system shows students you have assessed their work.

Many classrooms these days have data projects that make their lessons interactive. This quick blog posts gives you three ideas on how to make the projector work for you.

Google Drive will change the way you and your students store and write up information. Read more in this blog post.

Missed a bright idea? Check out the others below.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

How to Organize Student Led Conferences

Next week, I will be well into Parent-Teacher Interviews. We do not follow the traditional format, we use the Student Led Conference format. In this format students prepare assessment materials that they are proud of and need to improve on. They share these materials with their parents and explain what their action plan is to improve in their self-selected areas of need. This format takes the pressure off the teacher to talk for fifteen, twenty or thirty minutes about the student, and put the ownness on the student to know themselves as a learner to be able to express their thoughts and opinions.


1-Students search through their desks, binders and locker to collect all of their assessment materials (success criteria, rubrics, feedback sheets, tests, assignments)

2- Students file this work into their assessment folders (I use a plain file folder)

3- Students examine each piece of work in their folders and select 2 items to demonstrate their successes and 2 items for their next steps

4- Students use the Student Led Conference graphic organizer to jot down their ideas about these assessment pieces

5- Students rehearse showing their "parents" (other students) their assessment folders and explaining their thoughts about their progress thus far in the year

6- The day of the conference the students use the assessment folders and graphic organizer to explain to their parents about their academic progress

7- During and after the conference the parents can ask their child or the teacher question they may have (I usually have very few questions because the students have outlined in detail their strengths and needs)


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Sunday, 2 November 2014

November Currently and Hunger Games Giveaway

I am so excited to be linking up this month with Farley from Oh Boy Fourth Grade. It has been a while since I wrote a blog post. Those first few months of school really are a time vortex.

I am really happy with my teaching assignment this year. I have English, Math, and Canadian History and Geography. It has been a while since I taught Math on rotary and History/Geography on rotary. I had forgotten how much fun those two subjects are. For the past few years I have been the Arts teacher for Grade 8 but I am THRILLED to be back teaching more academic subjects.

Am I the only one who has two books on the go? I usually have a romance novel and a professional reading book.

Happy November! My goal is month is to take more photos of my classroom work and write more meaningful blog posts.

Lots of great TPT sellers have gotten together to celebrate the soon to be released third Hunger Games movie. Scroll down below to enter our giveaway. 

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