Archive for January, 2015

Northwest Ohio Coordinators for Gifted 2015 Scholarship Application

This post is for gifted students who want to earn a $100 scholarship from the Northwest Ohio Consortium of Coordinators for Gifted. They award 5 students who demonstrate a strong passion (interest) in a specific area and can demonstrate how this award will support their passion.

Please read through this NWO Gifted Coordinators application to see if this is something you would be interested in doing. If you have any questions please contact Kathleen Pollock at 419-824-8576. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 20th. You will be notified in writing if you recieved the grant during the week of March 16th.

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Susan Winebrenner is Coming to Findlay

Susan Winnerbrenner Flyer



On Febuary 16th Susan Winebrenner will be at Glenwood Middle School. She is speaking to teachers and parents. She is the author of many books such as Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom

Here is a printable Susan Winebrenner Flyer.


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OAGC Tweetchat

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For the past few months the Ohio Association for Gifted Children has been hosting a tweetchat on twitter. The tweetchat is called #oagctdchat. This chat is for parents and teachers. The idea is connect with each other, and share our experiences and joys of our love of gifted children.

You can find all the information on the #oagctdchat here. The chat is twice a month on Sunday’s at 9pm EST. As the moderator of this chat, I hope that you would join us. The next chat is Feb. 8th.

Please share this with your friends, parents, and teachers.

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Differntiation Strategies

Here are some differentiation resources for your consideration. I recieved these in an email from Laurie Westphal. With her permission, I am posting her information below.

She is the author of Differentiating Instruction With Menus. She a great website that is very useful as well.


“The ultimate aim of education is creation of the power of self-control.” John Dewey

“A key principle of differentiation is that all students are moving toward the same instructional objectives” (Moon, 2005, p. 231).

“Asking the right questions has an enormous impact on how we pursue equity and excellence in our classrooms.” Carol Ann Tomlinson

“What is fair isn’t always equal.” Rick Wormeli

“Fun isn’t the objective. It’s the result of great teaching!” Bertie Kingore

“When all kids have the same answers, I have no clue what they really know.” Bertie Kingore


Differentiation and Learning Styles:

Popular Low-Prep v. High prep list:

List of differentiation activities 4-12:

List of differentiation activities K-4:

Website of differentiation strategies:

Bloom’s Questions Starters:

Differentiated School by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez

Chart for what is differentiation, what is it not?

Busting Myths about Differentiated Instruction:

Ideas for managing DI classroom: obstacles for leading DI Classroom, Ways to assign groups, managing questions, handling paperwork, possible anchor activities (p. 8)

Differentiation: A Way of Thinking About the Classroom

“Deciding to Teach Them All” Tomlinson

“What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?” (Tomlinson/Wormeli)

bibliography of research differentiation instruction

Graphic of DI Model:

“11 Practical Ways to Guide Teachers toward Differentiation (and an Evaluation Tool)”


Two sources I have found helpful while researching the impact assessment can have on DI:

Doubet, K. J. (2012). Formative assessment jump-starts a middle grades differentiation initiative. Middle School Journal(3), 32-38.

Moon, T. R. (2005). The role of assessment in differentiation. Theory Into Practice, 44(3), 226-233.







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PARCC Test Dates for West Students

PARCC Testing Dates

Here are the PARCC testing dates for the 7th and 8th grade. We will not have class on these dates. I will be sending reminders to your school principals to let them know. (***Make up testing as needed March 3-10***)
           7th Grade
Feb. 20: ELA        
Apr. 23: ELA
Feb. 23: ELA        
Apr. 24: ELA
Feb. 24: ELA        
May 4: Math
Feb. 27: Math      
May 5: Math

Mar. 2:  Math

          8th Grade
Feb. 17: ELA          
Apr. 20: ELA
Feb. 18: ELA          
Apr. 21: ELA
Feb. 19: ELA          
May 7: Math
Feb. 25: Math         
May 8: Math
Feb. 26:  Math        
May 11: Geometry

Mar. 11: Science    
May 12: Geom / Sci

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Some Reflections from the School Year

Mrs. Rigali and her 3rd and 4th grade classes dissected a squid this past November. Her students studied an Ocean theme this year, with the culminating project as the dissection of the squid. They were fortunate to have the Lima News come and check out their class. Check out the news cast here.

Mrs. Markely also did a similar ocean themed unit with her 5th and 6th grade classes. Her classes studied sea creatures and compared their organs and body systems to humans. They dissected dog sharks.  Here are a few pictures from that day back in November.

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Both of these activities were done with a grant from the Lima Area Retired Teachers Association.

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Allen County Exceptional Students (ACES) Parent Meeting

The first meeting of this group will take place on February 3, 2015 at the Met in downtown Lima.
Time will be from 7:00-8:00 PM.              Here is a Flyer:  ACES Flyer
The first topic will be: The Impact of Social/Emotional Health on Children’s Academic Development.
Discussion facilitators will be Brittany Collier-Gibson, OSU Coordinator, and Dr. Fabio Leite, OSU Professor.
The format is to have a brief presentation on the topic, accompanied by a list of key questions to facilitate a discussion among participants.
Further dates are March 3, 2015 with the topic: Anxiety in Children
April 7, 2015 and topic: Productive Struggle to Build Character and Persistence.
We are looking for leaders who would be willing to help facilitate the discussions of those topics, so if you know someone who could do that, please let me know. Email Judy Chaffins at
Anyone is invited to attend, but we are specifically targeting parents of high achieving students.

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