30-Second Brain Breaks

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

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...

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

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

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".

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?