What kind of PD did you attend? On July 31 and August 1, Natalie and I attended the CUE Rockstar Camp at Minarets High School. Other than a little heat and smoke (couldn’t see the nearby Sierra), it was a beautiful site. I’ve been to several Rockstar Camps on my own, but if you’re interested in … Continue reading Summer Teacher Feature: Chilese & Witter
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
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
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
We're only 21 school days away from Summer Break! Hover over the calendar to get a head start on some upcoming business items as we wrap up the semester. Be on the lookout around Finals Week as Colette will be sending out a complete list of items that need to be completed (many of which are … Continue reading 2018 Summer Countdown Calendar
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".
In this learning model, groups of students rotate among “learning centers”—self-contained sections of a classroom where they can engage in various collaborative, directed, and/or independent learning activities (EdSurge 2017).
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
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?
Schoology is the online hub that our teachers generally use to share resources, assign coursework, and communicate information to students and parents. Ms. Rita Yeh, Mandarin Teacher at O'Dowd, is a stellar educator who is constantly striving to better her teaching practice and to use available tools more efficiently. Here are some of the ways … Continue reading 5 Features in Schoology that are Working For Me