Comprehensive 2018-2019 O’Dowd Planners

What is it? The Comprehensive 2018 Planners are two different resources built by O'Dowd teachers that provides teachers with personalized spaces for you to map out different areas of work by week or by unit. Brian Cushing (Social Studies Teacher & Co-Chair) and Laura Ramey's (Religious Studies Teacher) planning resource helps teachers visualize the day-to-day … Continue reading Comprehensive 2018-2019 O’Dowd Planners

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".

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