News of the Week:
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Updates this week include:
Today is Digital Learning Day at Piedmont. We will celebrate with our annual DigiDine Lunch but have some special surprises, including an Everyone Matters Day Challenge Selfie booth complete with IB learner profile #Iam statements for the selfies) and PiDay QR codes to a TedED video of Pi (thanks for the reminder, Mrs. Delery!)
Our "Celebrating Piedmont" page http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/celebrating-piedmont Yes, we do sit at desk sometimes (like to have deep discussions in Socratic seminar or to research with our one to one tech). But this week we saw plenty of active STEAM-infused maker activities across the curriculum like:
Something for your students- The StudentSpace section of this website not only has info about the DLDay Selfies but also information about the items in our Media Center Makerspace http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/studentspace
Ms. Barone's IB self study blendspace plus notes from the NC Tech conference (courtesy of Ms. Lyttle) and news from the NC Gifted Conference (courtesy of Mr. Milligan, Burick, Fatzinger and Gurthie) are here http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd
Links of the week:
Free Readings Database: Central Text Anthology -
Curated by Teaching Tolerance, materials in this collection "encourage students to question common understandings, consider multiple viewpoints, analyze and critique power relationships, and act to change unfair and unequal conditions.
Use this anthology with the larger Perspectives Curriculum to "Build Literacy-Based, Anti-Bias Learning Plans in 3 EASY STEPS
Playtime isn't just for preschoolers, teenagers need it, too Giving students occasions to learn through play not only fosters creative thinking, problem solving, independence, and perseverance, but also addresses teenagers’ developmental needs for greater independence and ownership in their learning, opportunities for physical activity and creative expression, and the ability to demonstrate competence.
Research: Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom "Whether instructors flip their classrooms or not, the key to improving learning outcomes is to involve students actively in the learning process, constructing their own knowledge rather than just passively listening to lectures."If you're not using a model with active learning already, then the flipped classroom is certainly a viable alternative," said Tyler Kummer, one of the authors of the study, in a prepared statement. "But if you are, you're already going to be seeing the learning advantages in your course." full study at http://www.lifescied.org/
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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.