Saturday, September 26, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
40 minutes during faculty meeting
For my intro, I put together a short page of resources. I asked teachers and staff members to look over the page and experiment. They had 30 minutes to play. I then asked them to choose 1 thing to try for the next month. At the end, I asked for a couple of standouts. Rowcall, Desmos, Lucidchart - (taking a bulleted list and making a mind map), and organizing Google Docs were highlighted as particularly useful. They loved having the choice of tools to explore.
I am going to a follow up at the next meeting and see which tools and addons staff are using. I have long loved the concept of trying just one thing to see if it works with students and then building upon it. Of course, we always want to think of purpose first.
The timing of our trying one new thing has synced with EdTechTeam's #onenewthing Twitter contest. Maybe teachers will tweet their new learning!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Monday, September 07, 2015
We have been working on updating the ways students will demonstrate school wide expectations in our high school. During our back to school inservice, I co-led an activity around Creative and Innovative thinking.
As a YHS student, you will
- Communicate effectively;
- Exhibit personal responsibility, civic engagement, and global awareness;
- Work independently and collaboratively;
- Demonstrate critical, creative, and innovative thinking;
- Develop understanding through inquiry, research, and synthesis.
- Introduce Website
- The 30 circles activity
- Teachers chose an article from this list and read it.
- Group people together by article. Using the Coffee Talk protocol, discuss and gather feedback.
- "It was difficult to see a rubric on creativity and not think of it as an assessment tool, but rather a guideline to define creativity."
- "I appreciated the opportunity to think about how another educator thought about assessing creativity."
- "The importance of brainstorming and the many ways that can manifest itself in the classroom. Students still need practice brainstorming and creating their own original ideas. I also was intrigued by the 5 minutes at the start of class spent in silence. I have spent the summer wondering how I would change the start of class and had consider a minute of silence."
- "Keep discussing this as a group--Betsy's got some GREAT ideas! We need more discussion and more sharing of ideas, rubrics, examples of assignments, etc. "
- "Keep the readings and discussions going!!!!"