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#SJSDEdWeek Summary

Ed Week 2015 Logo

SJSDEdWeek 2015 was a huge success.  It’s always an awesome experience when you can learn with and from your fellow colleagues.  Our 3 speakers were amazing and challenged us to look at learning differently. I have posted the links to the presentations below.  You can also follow #SJSDEdWeek on Twitter.  We have folks still tweeting at the hashtag when they use something we’ve learned.

Day 1: highlight video

Josh Stumpenhorst – Lessons from the Run

Stumpenhorst keynote sketch note

Josh Stumpenhorst – Social Media

Google Gab

Symbaloo

Day 2:  highlight video

Eric Langhorst – Leveraging Technology to Enhance the Classroom Experience Langhorst keynote sketch note

Eric Langhorst- Twitter and other Social Media

All of Eric’s resources

Use This Not That

Day 3: highlight video

Justin Tarte – #futureready schools and the digital mindset

Tarte keynote sketch note

Justin Tarte – STEAMing full speed ahead with learning
Tech Showcase

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Tech Showcase at #SJSDEdWeek

Thanks to all of the teachers in the St. Joseph School District who said yes when I asked them to present!https://app.emaze.com/@ALFIOWTL/edweek-tech-showcasePowered by emaze

Symbaloo

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Use This Not That

I will be presenting at #SJSDEdWeek over Chromebook apps, extensions & websites for the classroom.  Below is the the presentation and a Symbaloo of all the resources that will be presented.


https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/chromeappsextensions1

So it’s only a link to my Symbaloo since WordPress won’t let me embed the Symbaloo.  😦

 

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#SJSDEdWeek

Ed Week 2015 Logo

I have had the awesome privilege helping organize EdWeek this year.  Our school district has had it’s ups and downs with technology (ok, with everything really) so I’m so glad we can offer our teachers EdWeek for motivation and inspiration.  7-12 will be 1:1 Chromebook next year and Elementary will have Chromebook carts and Mac carts.

We are bringing in some big guns for our keynote speakers:  Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher, Eric Lanhorst @ELanghorst, & Justin Tarte @justintarte.  We will also be offering some sessions of our own to help our teachers transition from the devices they have had to Chromebooks. If you are part of SJSD, please join us June 15-18 for #SJSDEdWeek
Ed Week Schedule

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Another Year Over

Reflection-

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This school year has been a roller coaster.  I feel better about this year than others, but I don’t feel like it was my best year as an educator.

I welcomed two new people to my Algebra I team.  It’s difficult to keep teachers in Algebra I with soooo much pressure placed on us to do well with testing and pass students.  About 1/3 of our students take Algebra 1 as an 8th grader.  Their MAP scores are very high.  Our 9th graders taking Algebra I do not include those students, so our scores are never as good.  I wish I could make “the powers that be” understand that. My two new people were a GREAT addition and I loved

i started the year with interactive notebooking.  I loved the idea, encouraged by blogs like Math=Love and Rockstar Math Teacher.  Things didn’t go smoothly!  Students complained, parents complained, other staff complained (well, it is a lot of copies)… By Christmas I was frustrated.  I still liked the idea of notebooking, so I started changing everything to note sheets.  I took a page from the sketchnote movement and made all of my pages VERY graphic.  Students (and parents) seemed to like this better.  Who knew that gluing in math class was considered a waste of time to parents?

We have a higher number of students who do not seem to find success in Algebra.  Many of them have not been successful for many years. Our school re-introduced Core Support this year, a 40 minute time built into the day for extensive help in core content areas.  This was very successful, although small scale.

Failing students was a huge discussion for us this year.  Many factors played into this, some out of our control [attendance].  By 4th quarter, we had discussed many ideas to increase the motivation and learning for these students, flipped classrooms, standards based grading, no homework grades, you name it and we had discussed it as an option.

We decided to pilot standards based grading 4th quarter while reviewing for the EOC.  We wanted our standards to spiral and evidence of mastery to occur at the end of the quarter.   I LOVED IT!  For the first time in a long time I felt I had a good handle on what students knew.  Students were also more excited about their learning when they knew they would have to opportunity to fix mistakes by the next assessment.  They also liked charting their progress with the standards. I had fewer A’s than normal for the quarter, but I also had fewer F’s; letter grades aside, I KNOW I had a larger increase in knowledge.  I also feel like their grades more closely reflected their knowledge.

Planning for next year –

I will, according to a phone call last night, be welcoming another new member to my team (we just can’t keep Algebra I teachers!) We plan to use a modified flipped classroom design so we can spend more time in the classroom on engaging activities and remediation.  We DEFINITELY plan to use standards based grading for the entire year.  My summer reading includes Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller. I’m hoping for tons of inspiration so that when next year ends I can say, “this has been my best year so far.”

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