Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions

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

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 March: Iron Chef, a Modern Pseudo-Jigsaw

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

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

Student Self-Assessments

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

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

Summer Teacher Feature: Polsky, Proehl, Van Doren

Responses provided by Dr. Zach Polsky & Karen Proehl What kind of PD did you attend? Zach: The sample curricula we [Zach, Karen, and Willie] got showed us how to do a whole unit on each of the six key themes that make up the overarching content of the AP French exam, including exercises ranging … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Polsky, Proehl, Van Doren

Summer Teacher Feature: Hwang, Maeda, Roche

Responses contributed by Colette, Gavin, and Stephanie What kind of workshops did you attend? We each attended different Educational Technology conferences: PowerSchool User Group, Schoology NEXT, and ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education).   What are some of the overarching themes/lessons/topics of your workshop? The workshops that we attended were selected with our teachers' … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Hwang, Maeda, Roche