November 21, 2016

Weekly Inspiration:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

An oldie but a goodie.  In this world of radical opinions on social media that can affect our own psyche and change who we are, it is important to remember to seek out positive things on the Internet.  Remember that YOU ARE A CHAMPION for our students and no matter what social media is saying, we can, should, and do make a difference.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Here is a doodle poll to decide the best date to work on curriculum marketing for high school, curriculum feedback for middle school, and assessments and collaboration for elementary school: DATE POLL  You will get trade time and ACT 48 for this one.
  2. Budgeting is underway.  Deadline has not been given yet, but think second week in December.  Also, populate the 5 year budget as well.
    1. EAGLE VIEW BUDGET
    2. GOOD HOPE BUDGET
    3. HIGH SCHOOL BUDGET (all HS teachers use this sheet)

TECH TIP:

Google Keep is an app that is identical to evernote if you use that.  The difference is that this integrates with your Google Drive account.  You can share “to do” lists, articles and other things.  It will connect to your phone and tablet as well.

DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).
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November 4, 2016

Weekly Inspiration:

INNOVATION IN TEACHING: The New Best Practice

George Couros, author of the Innovator’s Mindset, gives you a look at simple things you can do to be innovative as an educator.  George is an inspiration to me professionally and is part of the greatest paradigm shift I have had in my career.  His ideas helped me rejuvenate my career and start to become a true 21st century educator.

LESSON PLAN UPDATE:

At the last department leaders meeting at the district office, we received some clarification from Steve with supporting details provided by Gary and Dr. Withum.  The key component of the new policy is the archiving part.  Google Drive is the expectation for the archive.  If any of you need a lesson in using Google Drive, please reach out to me.  I have added a brief tech tip involving adding folders and files to Google Drive.  There will be more clarification and detail provided by your building administrators in the coming weeks.  If you are already planning, please continue as you have been, and simply work toward archiving the plans in the drive

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Budgets are likely to be due sometime in November.  If you want to start working yours, here are the sheets: Eagle View, Good Hope, and the High School
  2. MEETING TUESDAY.  Agenda is open if you have anything to discuss, please add it with you name after it in case we need clarification.
  3. ELEMENTARY: I have bee asked to provide some feedback on the tablet computers you were given last year.  Please e-mail me the following: Are you using it? Things you like?  Things you don’t like? I’ve only heard from two so far.

TECH TIP (Good for lesson plan policy):

DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).

October 14, 2016

Weekly Inspiration:

Here is an oldies, but goodie.  It seems like yesterday that we made the trek to Boyertown to see John Ratey speak.  That is still a memorable day in my career.  Paul Zientarski, who was the teacher in chapter 1, gave this TED talk in Bend, Oregon.  There are not many HPE Ted Talks, so enjoy this one!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Just a friendly reminder that responding to IEP’s is a legal obligation.
  2. I recorded the socratic seminar last week and it is in the HPE folder of you wish to watch it back with the “coach’s clicker.”
  3. Please add questions to our twitter chat that you would like to discuss.  Live chat will be Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 PM at the hashtag: #CVHPE
  4. Budgets are likely to be due sometime in November.  If you want to start working yours, here are the sheets: Eagle View, Good Hope, and the High School
  5. The Angel Tree project is continuing this year and requests will be coming soon if you wish to participate.
  6. If you are on your wellness team for your building, please send Donna and I a list of meeting dates and times.  We’d like to drop in.
  7. I’ve only heard from one so far.  ELEMENTARY: I have bee asked to provide some feedback on the tablet computers you were given last year.  Please e-mail me the following: Are you using it? Things you like?  Things you don’t like?
  8. Please consider contributing to this blog.  Ideas: great things in your classes, communications from parents, curriculum / pedagogy ideas, quotes, videos, etc.  Just email me and I’ll get you set up.

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BIRTHDAYS:

October 17: Tim Bigelow

DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).

September 23, 2016

Weekly Inspiration:

Micah makes breakfast!

by Leslie Burns, Silver Spring Elementary

In my nutrition lessons, we are learning about the food pyramid and healthy snacks.  I taught the kids how to make a scrambled egg in the microwave.  They can add anything to it to make it their own.  Some kids reported adding cheese, peppers and oimage_2nions, salsa and spinach. Here is a letter from Micah Tucker’s Mom:

Mrs. Burns,

I have to say thank you for sharing the coffee-cup egg “recipe” with Micah. He has been making it everyday! He’s had fun mixing in cheese, pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles and even chopped spinach yesterday! Wow! One day it even turned into a science experiment when he forgot to “scramble” the egg before putting it in the microwave and the yolk exploded. Oops!
Here he is cooking and enjoying his creation! Thanks again!
Buffy Tucker

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1.   Please get in this sheet over the next month or so and add things as you think of them.  No deadline yet.
  2. I would like to do the same thing with technology.    This sheet should be used the same way over the next month or so – elementary jump in there too.  I will create the spreadsheets next month sometime.
  3. October 7 Inservice will be at the high school in the LGI room.  Agenda will include some edcamp ideas.  Please consider sharing 15-30 minutes about a topic – think “low hanging fruit” that does not require much preparation.
  4. SECONDARY: Uniforms have been delivered.  Prices are $6 for shorts, and $4 for shirts.
  5. ELEMENTARY: I have bee asked to provide some feedback on the tablet computers you were given last year.  Please e-mail me the following: Are you using it? Things you like?  Things you don’t like?
  6. Please consider contributing to this blog.  Ideas: great things in your classes, communications from parents, curriculum / pedagogy ideas, quotes, videos, etc.  Just email me and I’ll get you set up.

Today’s Classroom info-graph:

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I love this quote.  It reminds me of a day that I was tired and “going through the motions” introducing a lesson.  I said to myself, “I need to get my attitude right.  The kids are not connecting.”  This quote reminds me of that day.  Your energy inspires their energy.

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BIRTHDAYS:

September 26: Donna Rupp

September 26: Shane Griffiths

DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).

September 16, 2016

Weekly Inspiration:

This is a great TED Talk (don’t you love TED!!!) about the power of student centered learning.  Enjoy!

Shelley Wright is a teacher/education blogger living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Currently, she serves as the high school learning consultant for Prairie South Schools. Her passion in education is social justice, global education and helping students make the world a better place. Shelley is currently working on a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus on mobile technology & literacy in the developing world. She blogs at Wright’s Room.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. As the budget season comes upon us, we need to make a slight change in how we do things.  I would like to begin to create a 5 year plan for our budget.  I have created a brainstorm document for you begin to look at big things you may need/want and an approximate cost.  From there, i will create a spreadsheet with five years of requests and ideas to share with DO admin.  Included in that spreadsheet will be annual expenses too, like table tennis balls, etc.  Elementary should do this too, as it would be great to be able to have a snapshot of your long and short term needs too.  Please get in this sheet over the next month or so and add things as you think of them.  No deadline yet.
  2. I would like to do the same thing with technology.  Do you need/want portable projectors on rolling whiteboards, other stuff?  This sheet should be used the same way over the next month or so – elementary jump in there too.  I will create the spreadsheets next month sometime.
  3. IAPS and SLO’s are due by the beginning of October.
  4. PEC meets on Wednesday, please reach out to your reps with anything that you feel that you would like to them to discuss.  The focus will be PD, lesson planning, supervision guidlines, and calendar (17-18).  If you don’t know your rep, Colleen Staton is for Shaull and I am a high school rep, but we can rep you too.  Let us know!

Classroom Technique: Fishbowl Discussion

This can be done in the health classroom and the gymnasiums too.  There are a few long-form examples of it being done and a few “instructional” type videos too.  It is such a cool way to get kids interacting with each other and you can use it as a check for understanding. If you use this technique, comment and let us know how it went.

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DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).

September 9, 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed the extended weekend of Labor Day.

Weekly Inspiration:

Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious technology and pure science fiction. Instead of a mere 10% gain, a moonshot aims for a 10x improvement over what currently exists. The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution to that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible, is the essence of a moonshot.  Can we use moonshot thinking in our discipline?

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Please connect with Brian Robinson on scheduling a time to watch your student-centered lesson. Maybe just give him an idea of when you may be doing the lesson.
  2. Please comment: one thing that you are looking forward to this year, and any topic or question you would like to see covered, if any, on the October 7 in-service by Monday, Sept 12.
  3. Social Media Idea: As you do back to school nights, use a hashtag and tweet pictures.  For example, #CVPEBack2School
  4. Secondary: Uniforms are shipping Friday from Texas.
  5. Reminder to submit your SLO and IAP’s to your supervisor in the next month or so as directed by them.

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DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).

Friday, September 2, 2016

I loved the quotes that you placed in the comments last week.  If you haven’t gone back, definitely check them out.  Some great locker room quotes!

“The willingness to experiment with change may be the most essential ingredient to success at anything” – Pat Summitt

Weekly Inspiration:

A student-directed documentary about how an expectation for perfection and a status-driven definition of success undermines students’ love of learning and creativity, gets in the way of our ability to use high school as an opportunity to figure out what we love and who we are, and turns our intrinsic motivation extrinsic.  Somewhere between elementary school and high school, students love of learning and creating is often crushed.  This is one of my favorite looks at why!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. No School on Monday, September 5.  Enjoy the long weekend.
  2. Make sure your websites are up to date.
  3. Reminder to keep lesson plans accessible to admins for walk-throughs and observations.

DEPARTMENT GOALS 2016-2017:

  1. To plan and teach at least one (1) student-centered lesson
  2. To have a social media presence professionally and participate in a twitter chat (Dept hashtag: #CVHPE).

TIDBITS RELATED TO DEPT GOALS:

  • Schedule Brian Robinson to come and see your student-centered lesson.  He is hoping to do this before January (email dgiardina@cvschools.org to set up)
  • Share your lesson and a brief (even verbal) reflection about it.
  • If you find something that is good to share, tweet it to the hashtag and/or me: @tb2boyz or @principalbrob1

A Beautiful, Brash Mind (click here to read whole article)

Josh Rosen is the quarterback of UCLA’s football team and projected future 1st round draft pick.  He gets a lot of grief for an apparent attitude of entitlement because he questions everything.  I was particularly moved by the story of him going to businesses and selling discount cards so that his underprivileged teammates could make a trip to Hawaii with the team.  This reminds me of the dehumanization that goes on through social media and how we often don’t know the whole story.  Josh Rosen is an interesting cat!  Enjoy!

BIRTHDAYS:

September 3: Bob Wolf