What You Need to Know for Back to School Night

Written by: Colette Roche As you know, Back to School Night sets the tone for your entire year with the parents of your new students, and it opens the door to trust and cooperation. Here are general reminders as you prepare. Your desired outcomes for the evening: Parents will say there is no other place … Continue reading What You Need to Know for Back to School Night

Six Skills to Enhance Collaboration

Written by: Colette Roche Together we create an ever better O’Dowd.  Here are six skills to consider as we work on our curriculum during faculty collaboration. 1. COMMUNICATION It’s hard to collaborate without good communication.  Good communication means making assumptions and expectations explicit. It means understanding your role and expressing yourself clearly and respectfully. 2. … Continue reading Six Skills to Enhance Collaboration

Two Birds, One Stone: “Today In…” on Schoology

Here's how I (Molleen Dominguez) try to make the "Today In..." entry count in many ways by posting it on Schoology AND copying it in an email to absent students. Have a workflow or quick tip that you'd like to share? Click here!

Why I Started Using eFolios

The first year, I decided to have the students use a standard lab notebook to record their observations. As the year unfolded, it was clear that many of the materials that the students were generating were digital, so in the second year, I decided to use an eFolio to evaluate student's work.

Live Formative Assessment and Interaction

At 8AM this morning, I stumbled into Molleen's Christian Morality class with a laptop in one hand and a foggy brain in the other. She began the class, sitting cross-legged on the table, leading the class in a meditative prayer. To my disbelief, chatty students became engaged, relaxed, and focused -- and I, myself, followed her lead … Continue reading Live Formative Assessment and Interaction

How Flex Period Workshops Will Benefit You

As of 2017-2018, every student will be enrolled in a "Flex Period", a designated time and space for students to get help, finish work, reflect and better one's own practices, attend workshops, or relax. Learn what you can do to make the most of this period.

How Participation Increased from 4 to 140

For the last year, I had been working my butt off trying to get students to participate in tech training sessions that I'd spend hours preparing and advertising for - only to have about 7 people sign up and only 2-4 people attend each time (one of which was Gavin, my boss).

Scan as a Word File

Preparing your midterms or finals and don't have a digital copy? Instead of scanning the test as a PDF, try scanning as a Word file. Keep in mind that if this file is old, the scanned file may produce some strange formatting that may be difficult to work with.