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Identify and Focus on Essential Learning Outcomes

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 14, 2017 11:34:40 AM

At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, preschool students in the Corinth-Alcorn-Prentiss Learning Collaborative were tested using the Star Early Literacy assessment as part of a state-wide assessment process.  Only 20.1% of these children scored at or above a standard score of 498, the level associated with readiness for Kindergarten entry.  By the end of the year, more than 85% of the students showed the literacy skills for K readiness. 

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Topics: Student Learning, Assessment, Accountability, learning outcomes

Students Find Success on Manufacturing Day

Posted by Guest Author on Sep 12, 2017 3:55:25 PM

Friday, October 6, 2017, is a very special day in Michigan – Manufacturing Day. Thousands of students and hundreds of manufacturers across the state and the nation will come together to explore 21st century career opportunities. Middle and high school students will attend site visits, career presentations, participate in hands-on activities, and receive prizes as part of the day’s events. More than 2,000 manufacturing facilities, schools (225,000 students) and professional societies participated last year. Some 215 events were held in Michigan.

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Topics: Student Learning

Classroom Peace Corner

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 21, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Behavior is the language of the child, and we see many behaviors through out our school day.

As adults, we may think we are the stressed-out ones and wonder what can a child possibly have to be stressed-out about? I can answer that question. Most days a child’s experience follows an ebb and flow, and within that ebb and flow they are trying to find their way. Their way within their family environment, their way within their classroom environment, their way within the before and after school care environments. And, some have to find their way within a sports team or extracurricular environment...those are a lot of lines to be crossing and a lot of different environments to acclimate to. Today's children have stress and anxiety, even the young ones.

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Topics: Student Learning, Student Trauma, Classroom Management

An Open Letter to the Student from Hell

Posted by Guest Author on Sep 13, 2016 2:01:30 PM

Dear Student From Hell:

I see you. I see your struggles every day. When other people call you “the student from hell” what they mean is that you create hell for them in their classroom. I know that you are, actually, living in hellish circumstances. I see that your mother works three jobs and that you are responsible for your younger brothers and sisters even though you are only nine. I see that you work at your family’s business for longer hours than are legally allowed and don’t have time to finish your homework.

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Topics: Student Expectations, Student Learning, Student Trauma

An Ode to Rio: How Sports Benefit Students

Posted by Becky Carlton on Aug 9, 2016 10:26:41 PM

If you have been glued to the TV this week, you may have cheered on the Olympian athletes as they come together in Rio to compete for the gold. Ever imagine these professional athletes as students? Once motivated and hard working as kids, now Olympians who had the willpower and stamina to succeed to the ultimate endeavor for their careers. Remind you of any students you may know? Sports have a number of benefits for students outside of the normal physical aspects that can lead to happier, healthier and smarter children!

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Topics: Student Learning

5 Ways to Incorporate Experiential Learning Theory in Your School

Posted by Becky Carlton on Apr 8, 2016 12:01:00 PM

Our world has changed immensely over the last 100 years. So much so, some industries are lagging behind with all of the technological enhancements and economic shifts. Students need now more than ever to learn through real world scenarios to best prepare to contribute to this ever-shifting society we live in now. How can experiential learning theory be incorporated into your school to teach students the competencies they need for real-world success and make learning significantly more powerful?

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Topics: Student Learning, Teaching and Learning

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