I recently had my students come up with ideas for 30-second Brain Breaks using a lesson from PearDeck. It’s proven useful and fun! Use PearDeck to walk students through these slides. Collect the students’ ideas for Brain Breaks and paste them into a wheel like this. Throughout the semester, periodically embed the wheel into the lesson … Continue reading 30-Second Brain Breaks
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
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
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
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
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
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
What do I do in preparation for a Student Self Assessment? At the beginning of each semester, I usually: Ask my students to fill out this form. Use Yet Another Mail Merge (YAMM), a quick way to send personalized emails to students using a Google Form, to respond to their initial form and welcome them to class. … Continue reading Student Self-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...
@odowddragons Ed Tech Reps, Ms. Yeh and Ms. Rusche partnered up this month to explore and share some of the various ways they have been effectively using Schoology.