Summer Teacher Features: Cushing & Witter

Even though summer has just begun, the work never really ends for teachers. In hopes of getting a head start for the fall semester, some teachers have already begun using a variety of tools to start preparing for next semester. What is the Comprehensive Unit Planner? The Comprehensive 2018 Planners are two different resources built … Continue reading Summer Teacher Features: Cushing & Witter

Curation Tools

Written by Dr. Diana Neebe I just returned from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) national conference in Chicago [with Dr. Colette Roche & Gavin Maeda] where I learned about some exciting new tools for the English classroom and saw a few tools that have been around for a couple years being used … Continue reading Curation Tools

T3 May: Unit Review Ideas

With finals week just around the corner, teachers are beginning to wrap up the semester with activities that sum up themes and concepts from this year. At this May T3 meeting, we specifically discussed different types of study guides and review games. Here is a snippet from our collaborative session: Study Guides & Practice Tests: … Continue reading T3 May: Unit Review Ideas

2018 Summer Countdown Calendar

We're only 21 school days away from Summer Break! Hover over the calendar to get a head start on some upcoming business items as we wrap up the semester. Be on the lookout around Finals Week as Colette will be sending out a complete list of items that need to be completed (many of which are … Continue reading 2018 Summer Countdown Calendar

T3 April: Teaching with Maps

Sarah shared a wealth of knowledge in cartography and free resources available to educators. We shared PBS map frustrations (which we learned not all was lost), ogled over the potential in Google Arts & Culture 360° walkthroughs, but mostly I was amazed by how seamlessly she facilitated conversations that allowed departments from Religion, Geo-History, and World Languages to connect over the topic of "Teaching with Maps".

Building O’Dowd’s Ed Tech Leaders

In the 2017-2018 school year, we have made an effort to increase frequency of teacher gatherings to create a greater sense of community, collaboration, shared resources, and experiences. To further build and enhance this initiative, our first cohort of Ed Tech Representatives have stepped up to actively seek the best practices of teaching, use of … Continue reading Building O’Dowd’s Ed Tech Leaders

T3 February: What’s Working?

In past T3 meetings, we've never had a good chunk of time dedicated to talking about the work that our teachers are doing in the classroom, so this month, we focused solely on sharing what has been working well. Creativity Assign projects that create a sense of self by: Mr. Kris Koller, Religious Studies Department … Continue reading T3 February: What’s Working?

5 Features in Schoology that are Working For Me

Schoology is the online hub that our teachers generally use to share resources, assign coursework, and communicate information to students and parents. Ms. Rita Yeh, Mandarin Teacher at O'Dowd, is a stellar educator who is constantly striving to better her teaching practice and to use available tools more efficiently. Here are some of the ways … Continue reading 5 Features in Schoology that are Working For Me

T3 November: That Gut Feeling

I was really nervous about this reflective T3 meeting. Not because I had run through the schedule 10 times too few or that I didn't practice reciting my lines every day on my drive to work, but because, I never really know who or what to expect at T3 meetings. What if no one shows … Continue reading T3 November: That Gut Feeling

2017 Winter Break Countdown

We're only 15 days away from Winter Break! But before we say goodbye, there are still some things to take care of. Hover over the red and green buttons on this handy digital calendar to see what you can do for the day (should you need a reminder). Please make sure to refer to Colette's … Continue reading 2017 Winter Break Countdown