We’ve had a great week – lots of new experiences for us that translated into some great learning experiences for kids!
- The 6th grade social studies teachers capitalized on one of Ms O’Connors contacts and arranged a Skype presentation for two of their combined classes. They had culture questions answered by an 18 year old in Mumbai that had a direct bearing on the topics that had been covered in their classes. Great effort and capitalization on this free, difference making resource. Even though this was a personal connection O’Connor utilized https://education.skype.com is a user friendly resource. If you need help getting started with this to make a difference in your class, ask an instructional coach or admin – we’ll be glad to help make this happen!
- Ms Jackson’s class took a virtual field trip of the Titanic! To help her student make a connection to some of the music they are going to be playing and the time period, she organized these resources to allow the students to self explore the ship. I sat in on the class as the ‘Ohhs’ and ‘Ahhs’ were starting! After she set it up, she let them explore on their own. Great experience.
- Thanks to Ms Hurley and the elective team for implementing the Saturday morning breakfast! What a great way to start this non-standard day off! Appreciate the plan, the effort and payoff!
I’ve included the link to one of the videos I shared at last week’s grade level meeting. I framed this with some key questions:
- How does your classroom affect the planned learning activities?
- Would different resources help you change how you teach?
- Is your being the ‘sage on the stageness’ dependent on your class set up?
Continue to give this some thought – follow up with me as we make plans for the upcoming year!
- Education World: Mobile Devices Empower Special-Needs Students
- Education World: Use iPads Effectively: First, Ask “Why?”
- Tips on Student Engagement in an Era of Electronic Education
- A Round-up of 12 New Educational iPad Apps for Teachers
- A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom
- Key ways to support your district’s digital transition
- Our faculty meeting time tomorrow, Monday 3.3 is dedicated to sharing resources for Bronco Intervention Time
- Bronco Intervention Time begins the week of 3.10