As the video below outlines, teachers can search for these materials by book, genre, grade level, literary device, text set, and theme. CommonLit also offers read aloud mode, guided reading questions, annotation tools, and free in-site translation to Spanish features to assist ELL students and teachers. These tools are clearly applicable for English and Social Studies teachers, but I quickly found full sets of Spanish texts, health topics, and readings for Science and Technology courses.
There is something for everybody
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Bill Erickson about his path to education, our unique wood-shop program, and the process of designing, building, and creating products for the annual tech show. There are too many awesome statements to list in one write-up, so I'll just encourage you to give this podcast a listen.
I always find some amazing products at the art and tech show in the spring, but as Bill highlights, the final outcomes are only a small representation of the work and the learning process. All of our classes have the final exam, project, or performance, but Bill makes an amazing point that we should never lose sight of the day to day grind that gets our students to that final point in the year. I want to thank Bill for his time and the reminder that it is the day to day exercises that engage our students in the learning process, not the final exam.
As the first quarter progressed, I became increasingly aware of how important we are to each kid in this building. We regularly highlight the talents of the students at Morris Knolls because they are the focus of our occupation, but our staff is impressive and I am grateful for everyone that has shared a piece of their classroom with me this fall.
I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and I hope you enjoy episode #3 of the Morris Knolls Minute.
Building DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP is important!
The internet has grown into an incredible resource catalog for teachers and students, but as the internet continues to grow and develop, so does the need to train young learners how to navigate the digital world safely and securely.
Created by Google, Be Internet Awesome is a digital citizenship platform and curriculum. This program is designed to help build responsible young users of the internet and provides some terrific resources for teachers and parents.
"To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence."
This digital curriculum contains over 60 pages of activities, educator notes, student goals, scenarios, and discussion topics. It is available for free download HERE. The website also contains an interactive platform/puzzle game called Interland. This game uses puzzles to teach skills and thought processes that should be employed when using the internet safely. I only got to play a few levels, but I was rather impressed with the game. It was far beyond a simple internet game.
If you are interested in learning more ways to integrate digital safety into your curriculum, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With more resources than I can possibly cover in one blog post, BioInteractive is setting the bar very high for free classroom resources. This online platform offers a wealth of science articles, course curriculum, data sets, online labs, and videos. The topic list below just scratches the surface of how robust this resource is, and it is free!
As we continue to look for ways to supplement student learning, it is important for us to provide multiple outlets for students to engage with our content area material. The classroom resources alone make this a must visit for all of our science and statistics teachers, but I also see an opportunity for English teachers to integrate informational text from a different subject area. The video below gives a brief overview of the website structure. Please feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions or need help locating a resource!
A folder containing the digital materials from today's workshop is listed below. Paper copies are provided for each of the documents, but you can access our Hybrid Agenda and other reference documents through the attached Google Drive folder.
Rockaway PBL Docs Folder
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real-world experience in the classroom
For the second edition of the Morris Knolls Minute, Joy Mazur came down to A-31 to share details about an exciting new course offering at Morris Knolls. We have a strong tradition of community service with programs like FCCLA and Joy is now bringing those opportunities into a daily curricular environment. We also had a chance to preview the upcoming fall play, She Kills Monsters.
As we wrap up quarter 1, I want to personally thank everyone for the support of our new iCoach offerings. Our first podcast had over 150 listeners and I look forward to continuing to showcase the talented veterans at Morris Knolls.
The iCoach MK workshop blog catalogs all of our workshop materials and new resources in one location.