Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions

Summer Teacher Feature What you learned at your workshop: This summer I was privileged to attend a professional development workshop called the "Band Director Academy" held at the Jazz Lincoln Center facility in the Columbus Circle area of New York City.  The workshop was intended to give Middle and High School Band Directors a chance … Continue reading Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions

Teaching History Through a United Heartbeat

Summer Teacher Feature What you learned at your workshop: I attended a drumming symposium hosted by an organization called Total Rhythm. From the selection of wood in the construction process to its accompanying rhythm, this workshop taught the importance of the drum in oral history. A Griot is an oral historian from Sub-Saharan Africa who … Continue reading Teaching History Through a United Heartbeat

T3 March: Iron Chef, a Modern Pseudo-Jigsaw

This month at The Teacher Table, Dr. Laura Witter led short and sweet PLC sessions on a jigsaw teaching strategy with a modern twist. What's the difference between a traditional jigsaw and a modern jigsaw? In a basic, traditional jigsaw activity, groups of students focus on specialized topics, then present to other groups. At the … Continue reading T3 March: Iron Chef, a Modern Pseudo-Jigsaw

T3 February: Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for Teachers

Last year, a group of teachers gathered to share key differences between Mac and Windows laptops. As a 1:1 laptop school that uses both operating systems in the classroom, it can be helpful for teachers to have basic knowledge of both. This month, Donovan Rittenbach, O'Dowd's Webmaster and Videographer, led a session to help laptop users … Continue reading T3 February: Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for Teachers

T3 January: Ideas on Engaging Students

Boring is subjective. Sometimes, students just need to know certain pieces of information that may not seem as flashy or glamorous as other units of study. This week, our T3 attendees shared teaching practices that they use to engage students in learning content through collaborative efforts, critical thinking, and personal relevance. The way in which … Continue reading T3 January: Ideas on Engaging Students

T3 December: Flips & Flops this Semester

It's the week before finals and our teachers feel: "Stressed." "Chill." "Overwhelmed." "Prepared." "Hungry." At this month's meeting, we had a brief round table to bring the high and low moments to light. In sharing this blog post, I hope that you - as a teacher - will find encouragement in hearing the voices of your … Continue reading T3 December: Flips & Flops this Semester

T3 October: Fun, Formative Assessments

Natalie Chilese of the World Languages Department presented on the various ways that she engages students in assessment, conversation starters, and discussion (without the correcting). Her excitement for PearDeck and Quizizz brought in a contagious breeze of curiosity, laughter, and honesty. What struck me the most was that...

Ed Tech Speaker Series: Fall 2018

In Spring & Summer 2018, our first cohort of Ed Tech Representatives attended various ed tech conferences, integrated the strategies they have learned, and have decided out what tools worked (or haven't worked) for them. Each of our representatives will be core contributors to the O'Dowd Ed Tech Speaker Series in conjunction with the Teacher … Continue reading Ed Tech Speaker Series: Fall 2018

T3 August: Mac vs. Windows

Teaching in a school that has a 1:1 laptop program poses its own unique challenges, not to mention a classroom of non-homogeneous operating systems (i.e. some students have Macs and some have Windows). While each type of system essentially completes similar tasks, each may have its own method of navigation, keyboard shortcuts, settings and more. … Continue reading T3 August: Mac vs. Windows