Welcome to my latest effort to encourage my colleagues to try new things! As our school’s STEM coordinator, I’m trying to support our staff with their professional development goals for the year. They are either focusing on PBL and our newish magnet theme of global health, increasing technology use in the classroom, and building relationships with students (mine).
I’m calling it “Inspiration for Innovation.” Each week, I’ll include a current event with curriculum ties (PBL inspiration), tech tool, teaching strategy, and positivity piece. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! I’ll definitely attribute them to any contributors. If you have a Twitter handle or other identifying professional account, send that to me along with your suggestion. In the future, these posts will stand alone, but for this first one, if you are interested, please read more!
Week of October 2, 2018
Current Event (click the image to take you there)
- How did people live before electricity existed?
- What health issues do people face due to a lack of electricity?
- How would you deal with an experience like this?
- How do hurricanes cause so much destruction?
- What can we do to help?
- Tech ToolSocrative.com provides quick, easy digital formative assessments, exit tickets, races, and quizzes.
- PROS: real-time updates, easy to use, decent formatting, Google login for teacher, no account needed by students, data saves in a spreadsheet for analysis
- CONS: time needed to enter questions
- Teaching StrategyOldies, but goodies (Infographic)
- I’m a personal fan of stations and jigsaws
- Practice Positivity Share with a few students each block something you appreciate about them. Try to aim for students you don’t talk to as much.