Category Archives: Q & A / FAQ

FREE Webinar: Implementing the ‘Inquiry Research’ Project

This Thursday, September 22…

edPioneer is pleased to announce the launch of its FREE Webinar Series!  For the first online exchange, I will talk with you about implementing the Inquiry Research Project, which is a great way to immerse your students in modern, global issues via research while giving them their license to drive the learning process!

During this webinar, I will guide you through setting up, facilitating, and assessing the Inquiry Research Project, along with adding in some tips and best practices along the way including sequencing suggestions and pacing remarks.  A live, Q&A session will follow the presentation to address any of your lingering, project-related questions.

Join me for some professional development fun.  Sign up TODAY by clicking on the image below!  Spaces are limited!

(Need points?  Professional development ‘Certificate of Completion’ available!  NOTE: Please speak with your school or district prior to this event to ensure its eligibility.)

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Workshop Update: Blogger Channels Orwell

Greetings…Big Brother here…I seem to have censored my own site…

Just a few short days ago, I posted a note that I was planning a November workshop to be hosted at my high school.  Yet now, it seems that the post has mysteriously disappeared, that I’ve somehow rescinded said offer, and am now replacing it with the following Doublespeak message:

There is no November workshop.  There was never a November workshop.  The workshop opportunity is in December.

What’s up with that?!

Orwellian paranoia terrorizes teacher blog...

Orwellian paranoia terrorizes teacher blog…

Allow me to UPDATE you on the blog post that seems to have traveled down the Orwellian Memory Hole, of the local workshop event that seems to have vaporized into thin air as if it never existed at all (yikes…the Delete button is ominously powerful, all of a sudden!)

I originally drummed up the idea for the November workshop because lots of teachers had been asking about ‘best practice’ when it comes to grading the classroom essay and scoring it according to the CIE rubric.  Lots of the teachers I got to know through the Cambridge “Best Practices” workshops have mentioned that they wish the GP training was two days, as opposed to one.

Looks like we got to cash in a wish from the genie lamp…CIE might be granting us the luxury of a 2-Day, GP-training workshop after all…!!

While this is NOT yet definite, it seems likely, so there will no longer be a need for the November session!  Hence the vaporized post…it’s my job at the Ministry of Blogging to make sure you get the most up-to-date information!  

Stay tuned to The Global Pen for updates about a possible, two-day GP workshop through Cambridge’s “Best Practices” series.  I hope to have dates, times, locations and workshop agenda details for you soon once this information firms up and pans out (#hello-idiomatic-expressions).

If you have not already done so, follow me on Twitter @ edupavich!!

Collaboratively Yours,

eduPavich

Substitute Meets Upfront ;-)

Unexpectedly OUT for a day?  I’ve got the universal sub-plan for you!

Absence Happens...

Absence Happens…

If you’re a subscriber to Upfront Magazine, this will be especially beneficial, but honestly, the linked handout can align with virtually ANY current events magazine you provide for your kids!

MATERIALS:

EMERGENCY LESSON PLAN:

  1. Distribute the __ edition of Upfront (or other) Magazine
  2. Distribute the Core Ideas handout
  3. Ask students to first survey ALL articles in the magazine before choosing ONE to focus on for the assignment.
  4. Students must select ONE article from the magazine and complete the corresponding questions contained in the Core Ideas handout.

ADDITIONAL TASKS:

  • Have students create a FactFinder Flashcard using the Summary format
  • Have students Journal about the topic by voicing their thoughts in response to what they read
  • Have students formulate an overall opinion about the issue, then complete an Opinion-Proof argument in response
  • Picture Notes it!

Collaboratively Yours,

eduPavich

Ordering Enquiry Feedback from Cambridge

Lots of curiosity about ordering exam essays/feedback from Cambridge for teacher use, so thank you for inspiring today’s post!  Here’s the information I gathered to share with you, thanks to the help of a few of my favorite, super-AICE Coordinators (thanks, Amber and Kelly @ Jupiter High!).  Feel free to pass this information along to your school’s AICE Coordinator.

It looks like you can order essays by accessing the CIE Website, then logging in to the CIE Direct tab in the top, right corner drop-down menu.  ONLY Test Coordinators can log in and order materials here, though.  Once logged in, Coordinators should go to SUPPORT MATERIALS, then RESULTS.  They will need to fill out an interactive PDF form to tell them which essays they’d like returned with feedback.

The deadline for requesting such feedback from the May/June administration is SEPTEMBER 30th.

From what I understand, it can be pretty pricy to order these, so Coordinators will need to chat budget with administration.  But they are really worth it!  As English teachers, we know how valuable tailored feedback is in promoting improvement!writing_resources

Perhaps we could COLLABORATE and share these materials with one another in a workshop or in an informal meeting?  I’d be happy to throw it together, so just let me know what we can organize as a group.  I’m also interested in piloting some kind of scoring system for us all to use to make the process similar across the board, and user-friendly for classroom essays!  If any of this sounds interesting, ‘Talk to Me,’ by dropping a comment down below!

In the meantime, here’s some further information that may prove helpful in getting you and your Testing Coordinator pointed in the right direction for ordering:

How should I apply for an enquiry about results?

Enquiries about Examination Results Forms can be downloaded from the Support Materials section of CIE Direct. These forms should be completed and signed by the Head of Centre. The forms should be submitted to Cambridge from the school or, in the case of an Associate School, via the Cambridge Associate, within the stated deadlines below.

Schools are required to submit requests for enquiries about examination results by the following dates:

  • May/June – 30 September
  • October/November – 26 February

What fees apply to Enquiries About Results?

For details of the fees that apply to Enquiries About Results please refer to the Fees List in the messages section of your CIE Direct account.

How long does it take to process an Enquiry About Results?

We will deal with enquiries in the order in which we receive them. We cannot guarantee the date by which we will process enquiries, however, we will make every effort to communicate the outcome as quickly as possible, and whenever possible, within 30 days of receiving your enquiry.

It is essential that schools contact Cambridge if an acknowledgement letter is not received within two weeks of submitting the enquiry.

Collaboratively Yours,

eduPavich

2014: GP Syllabus Updates

Happy 1st Day, GP Colleagues!

I sure hope the first day back in the GP classroom treated you well!

In honor of the new school year, I have a VIU…Very Important Update…regarding the new year…

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, there is one basic adjustment to the GP exam that we MUST be aware of…

There will be 12, as opposed to 15, prompt options available on this year's GP exam!  Spread the word...for clarity's sake!

There will be 12, as opposed to 15, prompt options available on this year’s GP exam! Spread the word…for clarity’s sake!

It regards how many prompts are on the GP exam.  Traditionally–as you may have learned from my previous PowerPoints, covering overview/basics–the GP exam has consisted of 15 prompts from which students are asked to select TWO, so they can write TWO, full essays within the span of TWO hours…

However, PLEASE NOTE that this year’s syllabus will be cutting a single prompt from each of the three sections; therefore…

THERE WILL BE 12 PROMPTS TO CHOOSE FROM ON THIS YEAR’S GP EXAM AS OPPOSED TO THE TRADITIONAL 15. 

It is super important that you make your students aware of this change in the General Paper 8004 syllabus!  Any previously-released exams you share with them will showcase 15 prompts, so just make them aware that the test they will see this May/June will include just 3 less prompts, one omitted from each section to drop us from 15 to 12 options total.

Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but we want clarity across the curriculum, and we want to make sure No Student (or Teacher!) Is Left Confused.

For more information, check the AICE: General Paper 8004 Syllabus for the 2014 administration.

Best of luck to you this semester 🙂

Collaboratively Yours,

eduPavich

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