See below the top websites that DSD Professional Development implements into the classroom to enhance the curriculum, improve student achievement, and meet the needs of the 21st century learner.
Preparing for any Professional Development session is hard. However, preparing for a 90 minute workshop in front of teachers, administrators, and educational tech experts is down right stressful. To create a well rounded conference session, I start out with three main objectives:
1. Over planning is what I am most known for when presenting any type of training. I want to meet the needs of every learner. Those who are new to the concept, those who might have a little bit of experience, and those who are experts on the topic. I feel like if they have made time to attend my session, then I want to make sure the training meet their individual needs.
2. Learn Something New: When I plan for a training or workshop, my main goal is for everyone to walk out of the room knowing at least one new thing. One thing that they can take back to the classroom. One thing that energizes them. One thing that is going to make them try something new. It does not always have to be a technology tool to implement but maybe it is the teaching style that I showcased, maybe it is the excitement that I have for learning.
3. Making Everyone feel at home: Leaning a new tool, new technology, or new classroom management style can make people uneasy. I play music in the background to help those who need a little distraction. I circulate around the room and talk with everyone. And my number one thing to make everyone feel at home is I allow everyone to have a voice. Either through back channeling, one on one conversations, or small group break out sessions. The tension drops in the room and then everyone feels free to learn.
I am excited to say, that my 90 minute workshop on Mix it, Stir it, Blend it went really well yesterday. I had the honor to be mentioned in a recap in twitter feeds and in blogs. It's moments like this that drives my passion for teaching others. Thank you to everyone who attended my session and shared out my links. The teachers need to know how to apply the blended learning model and I hope that is what those 70+ teachers walked away with yesterday.
DSD Professional Development Coordinator
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Working with the teachers in the classroom, I have noticed the amount of money that is spent on classroom supplies, classroom materials, and classroom incentives. Wow, no wonder why some teachers feel like they don't make a lot of money. Well, one of my big pushes is to spend less money, make items, yourself and not purchase so much stuff.
I have recently deployed scratch-offs into a middle school. I went and created free incentives for the 7th and 8th grade students. Yes, I said FREE! Feel free to download my scratch-offs and use them to help with your classroom behaviors.
Directions on how to create the scratch offs
1. Print off the PDF of the scratch offs onto card stock
2. Color over the words with a white crayon
3. Paint over the white crayon with silver acrylic paint
4. Let them dry
5. Cut apart the cards
6. Use them in class!
While looking for Cause and Effect activities for 5th and 6th grade students, I realized that a lot of the Cause and Effect activities were not applicable to the Digital Age Student. So, I created an activity that the students could relate to on a daily basis. (Feel free to download and use the attached document.)
Here is how the activity works!
Students read the Cause
They draw a picture that goes along with the Cause
Next they write a complete sentence for the Effect.
The students then get to draw a picture that goes along with the Effect.
Turn the Cause and Effect pictures into a book.
Extension: Allow the students to write their own Digital Age Cause and Effect using Technology:
As an instructional coach, it is my responsibility to help the teachers pull resources to help the students pass the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee and to make sure the students are making at least one year's growth in reading. Today, while working with a Columbus City Elementary School, I started to pull resources for the 2nd grade teachers to use during small group rotations. The following websites were big hits with the students. (The students want more than just Starfall, they want websites that can show off what they know.) I was impressed with all of the students while they were working on the computers.
Map Reading: Depending on the reading level of the students, I was able to push all readers to the next level with this online resource. The students really liked the mini online quizzes. They were able to show off their reading skills with the quizzes. I had every student trying to get at least 15 out 16 questions correct during the station.
Bite Size: If you have not bookmarked this website yet, do so today! This was a big hit with the students. The students all started out on the medium level and worked up to the
KizPhonics- I came across this website after class was over. I had a couple of students reading books that focused on phonics skills. So I am implemented this website into the lesson plans for tomorrow's rotation.
I wanted to pass along some resources in regards to Blended Learning and online resources to implement into the classrooms. Most of these resources I have used within the classroom. Most all of the resources are free and online. Therefore if you are using the rotational blended learning model these tools can be easily implemented into the content area.
Blended Learning and Online Resources by Subject Area
TED Talks have inspired, motivated, and have expanded my knowledge from people all around the world. This TED talk shows how technology can help those who are bed ridden. This ten minute video makes me believe that students that are sick or bed ridden can now participate in the regular classroom setting.
When my youngest brother was 8 years old, he broke his leg while playing football with my other three brothers. It was not the normal leg break, he had a spiral fracture of his femur. He was put in traction for 4 weeks and then went right into a body cast for another 6 weeks. He missed over 10 weeks of school. We had tutors come to the house to help my brother with his homework and to keep up on the skills that he was missing during the school day.
If that same situation would happened today, I would hope that the technology would be in place where my brother could have still been part of the classroom setting while laying on his back in the hospital. The use of webcams, online discussion boards, Google Docs, and online videos can allow students to learn from anywhere. These tools can provide distance learning for a student that is stuck in a hospital recovering from an injury or an illness. Just think of the possibilities....
I ran across this inforgraphic on ways to ask students questions using the Scaffolding method. Try to use this method this week in your class. What did you notice?
DSD Professional Development Coordinator