Monday, October 16, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekly Links (weekly)

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

ACTEM Achieve

I am extremely honored to be with this group!

Congratulations on your selection as one of this year's winners of the ACTEM ACHIEVE award! Your work is a marvelous endorsement of your 21st-century skills of knowing and doing.

ACHIEVE Award winners are professionals who effectively apply available technology now. They move forward utilizing current best practices and cutting-edge approaches. They see students as real people by activating student voice and choice in education.  They teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing. These professionals also recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process for all stakeholders. They realize that teacher and student empowerment is the key element to technology integration. ACHIEVE Educators expect success and motivate through awareness and access to information.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Differentiating Staff Development

On Friday, October 6 many districts in the State have a designated day for Professional Development. For our school, Feedback had been collected after the August inservice days to create a meaningful day for teachers.

1) We had time to collaborate and plan with other teachers with an end goal in mind.
We would like to extend an invitation for you to design your own workshop session, tailored to meet your needs.  Relative to our school wide focus on Innovation in Teaching and Learning, this is an opportunity to meet with colleagues to collaborate on an idea or investigate something new on your own.   Spend time on common courses, curriculum, or your professional goal.  The only requirement is that the work needs to have a positive impact on teaching and learning.   
During Wednesday’s LA time you will be asked to fill out a simple form to describe how you will use the 90 minutes of flex time on Friday.  After the flex session is concluded, we will also ask you to reflect on the work and identify possible next steps.
2) We got together in groups to read a choice of articles (below) and have a discussion using a protocol. (articles had been collected ahead of time from teachers).
3) Open Technology Sessions
     A continuation of the technology sessions in August. We recognize that teachers need time to "play" with the new tools if they are going to incorporate them into practice. 
     I polled teachers ahead of time to find out if they wanted support or just wanted to work.  We all met in the cafeteria. I had signs for each of the tools. teachers could sit at a table and work together with other teachers on the same programs. Some teachers were also guides. I wanted to honor their time for learning as well, so they could go to any table, but were willing to be asked a question if needed. I was able to get around to all the tables for help where needed. The atmosphere was very positive. Thank you to all the guides!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Weekly Links (weekly)

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Weekly Links (weekly)

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Monday, September 04, 2017

August PD: Part 2

Our focus question for this year is HOW MIGHT WE? We even got temporary tattoos and stickers to help us keep this question in the forefront of our work during in-service days.

Day 2 the question was: How might we use our collective strengths to improve teaching and learning? 

Teachers often ask for time to learn new tools that have come out during the year. The team organizing professional development came up with 9 tools they thought teachers would want to know more about. Some, such as Classroom, has been in practice in some classrooms and others, such as FlipGrid were new. We also wanted to show teachers the idea of student choice. 

With our goal of using our collective strengths, I came up with a choice grid, based on a Hyperdocs template. 
There are 9 tools to choose from. Each square goes to an individual doc where a description of the tool, the room to meet in, some links, and the ability to take notes was available. Using the Edcamp model, I encouraged teachers to switch sessions if something wasn't working and to take notes so that other teachers could benefit if they missed a session. In the center of the choice grid is a link to share #onenewthing they learned or wanted to share. 

Casey Bell came out with a very timely article which fit perfectly as a take away for the activity: How to Push the Boundaries of School with Dynamic Learning. This activity was well received but we could have used about a half hour more for time. We will use it again later in the year.