Reading is a must!
When it comes to applicable cross-curricular skills, reading is at the top of the list. Beyond the walls of the school, reading is an absolute necessity for leading a healthy and productive life. While reading and literacy are regularly represented as ELA skills, they permeate every discipline in an important way.
Literacy simply defines the ability to read and write.As content specialists, much of our time is spent trying to make students literate in our area of expertise. Many of us are presenting daily tasks that require students to write about the content area. Math uses practice exercises that require one to read an expression and follow a series of written steps to solve the equation. Thus, a student must be able to read and write using math specific language; this is math literacy. Science is based on research and a desire to investigate the world around us. This research is published and built upon through decades and centuries. Students read and engage in experiments that will prove or disprove a hypothesis; then, students will reflect upon their findings using science terminology. Once again, this is literacy.
The same arguments can be made for every subject area in the building and this is why it is important to consider how teachers are implementing opportunities to read in every content area.
Creating a Meaningful class reading experience
Many classes use current events as a basic reading assignment. Maybe it is time to think about how we can make them more meaningful to students. Reciprocal Teaching is a tried and true group reading strategy to ensure students are reading for understanding and depth.
Teaching these skills can give you A 2:1 effect
It is very possible that a student could define their assigned role and be unable to facilitate the role correctly in this practice. Before you complete a full reciprocal teaching exercise, I would advise the teacher to complete at least one reading through each of the four lenses. In other words, take a class reading and practice summarizing as a group. For the next reading, everyone in the class is going to play the role of the questioner and progress through the reading sections with that mindset. In theory, that would prepare your class to attempt a reciprocal teaching reading for the fifth in class reading.
Why does this matter? Research concludes that Reciprocal Teaching can have a 2:1 effect on student achievement. That is reason enough to try for me. As always, the iCoaches are here to help if you want to learn more about this or other literacy strategies. Email icoachMK@mhrd.org to set up an appointment!
Google Docs, Sheets, and Drive all provide unique collaborative tools, but sometimes sharing and editing the permissions of documents can be confusing. When it comes to sharing documents securely, it is important to understand the different permissions you are granting to others.
It is important to be sure that you are only providing editing rights when necessary. When you share a document and hand editing rights to another user, you are handing over a large share of rights for someone to make use of the information contained in the document. In addition to editing the document, editors can also add other users and share/print the document. In many classroom settings this is not a problem, but if you are handling sensitive information or only seeking input on a file, I would share a file with View or Comment rights instead of full editing rights.
The PDF below provides detailed instructions for maintaining and securing digital rights within the Google Education Suite. Please feel free to reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions!
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.
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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Passion, community, and commitment
The Morris Knolls Minute is a new podcast series dedicated to sharing the stories and expertise of our great teachers at Morris Knolls. For this debut episode, I sat down with Barbara Seaman to talk all things education.
As one of our strongest veterans, Barbara continues to exemplify what it means to be a master teacher. After completing a workshop together last summer, I became her biggest fan and I deeply admire what she contributes to our community, our school, and the students each year. I am so grateful she accepted my invitation to kick off this new offering from the instructional coaching program.
You can listen to this podcast, and all future editions, at https://www.icoachmk.com/icoach-blog. We will also offer an mp3 download so you may listen via another device. I hope you enjoy the program and I look forward to sitting down with more of our teachers and sharing the great ideas, strategies, and opportunities we can offer the students at Morris Knolls!
If you are you looking for a way to supplement your instruction with video content, you may want to consider adding ED Puzzle to your technology toolbox. Many teachers at MHRD are already using ED Puzzle with regularity because it is a simple way to distribute video content, put your own twist on it, and collect formative assessment from the students.
The best part of the platform is you can use existing videos from Youtube, Khan Academy, Ted Talks, and a wealth of other content platforms. This saves time and allows us to make use of the great content that is already out there. The platform also allows a teacher to interject formative quiz questions, voice overs, and audio notes, which allows the teacher to add their own clarification or directions within an existing video.
Edpuzzle continues to evolve and add new content libraries each school year. Even if you have used it in the past, I would encourage you to look at incredible amount of content teachers have created over the past few years. Like Kahoot, you can search, reuse, and modify the existing work of your peers to fit your classroom.
Easy Video Integration
Free Content Library
Publishes Directly to Google Classroom
Welcome to today's workshop. Below are a list of resources and documents to help you complete your lesson plans for the 2018-2019 school year.
Lesson Planning Materials
For your convenience, the resources we use and create today will be available all year via the iCoachmk website.
The iCoach MK workshop blog catalogs all of our workshop materials and new resources in one location.