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 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

Summer Teacher Feature: Beito, Hicken, & Remigio

Responses provided by Liz Remigio & Jay Beito What kind of workshop did you attend? We [Liz Remigio, Jay Beito, and Mary Hicken] attended the Skillful Teaching Workshop in San Francisco as a team, which allowed us to collaborate during the sessions and to synthesize the content together at the end of the day.  Engaging … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Beito, Hicken, & Remigio

Summer Teacher Feature: Tim Newman

What have you been learning about this summer? For the 1st part of summer, I worked on research projects with O’Dowd students for the Ecology Project International at Yellowstone, where we: Ran a long-term study on the number of "ungulates" i.e. hoofed mammals the ecosystem can maintain (National Park Service Bison Team) Conducted a new … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Tim Newman

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 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