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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:
In our first installment of Mr. Kollar Recommends, we feature Cam Scanner a FREE app for Android and Apple
Mr. Kollar found about the Cam Scanner app from the always-up-to-date Ms. Delery.
He suggested I share it with you because it makes sharing papers with parents as easy as taking a photo. All you do is take a photo of any hard copy of what you'd like to email , then send it as a PDF via email, all from your phone with this free app.
I use a similar app called Tiny Scan and there are many others to try.
Do you have an app or web tool that helps you do your job better? let me know and I will share it.
At Brown, grades are optional because they want students to learn for the sake of learning without fear that they must be excellent. Faith in students means not just trusting that they want to learn (which all humans have a natural drive to do, which seems to be news to some teachers) but also trusting students to explore, to be as narrow or broadly interdisciplinary as they wish in their studies. They trust the students to chart their own course and at the same time advise them and mentor them, but the final decision is theirs not the college's.
Also admitted pre- med students are automatically accepted into med school without taking the MCAT and no matter what their concentration.
Surroundings are really important: A sense of belonging to something special and larger than yourself, a readily available spot for comfort and rejuvenation, a place of showcased beauty, a place for sereditipous inspiration and for relaxed humorous collaboration are not extraneous but ESSENTIAL for a complete education. Amherst seems to do all of this best, but no one can top Yale for making a student feel like something special via grandeur. (Freshmen can live in a castle turret)
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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.