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Related to our PDs on Close Reading, Turner's Graph of the Week is a great website for teaching graph-reading, which is a kind of literacy just like reading words.
Check it out and use it as needed for openers, special lessons, or topical tie-ins. Its a great way to teach reading in any course. Graphs relate to math, science, social studies, languages, and encore subjects.
For more specific lesson ideas and plans, check out the Lesson Ideas page.
This post was inspired by Mrs. Winegardner telling me she actually relies on the Piedmont Staff Google Classroom and that made my day!
Some people are born organized or have already perfected their own system for keeping track of all the deadlines, due dates, attachments, bell schedules, and requests that come our way as teachers. However, that's not me, so If you would like to see everything in one central location, consider sharing my handy organizing options:
The "Piedmont Staff" Google Classroom:
I post items that come to us via email or word of mouth here. If the item has a deadline I post it as an "assignment" and if it is general information, news, etc it is posted as an "announcements". This is nice because the deadline dates also show up in your Google Calendar to remind you.
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See Gurthie if you'd like her to walk you through it- it only takes a minute.
If you would like to make a google classroom for your own PLC it is a nice way to post deadlines and papers that are specific to your own grade level or discipline.
The Piedmont Google Calendar:
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.