Don't forget to check the Lessons Plans Page of this website for great lesson ideas weekly- This week I have some common core non fiction lesson ideas and lesson ideas for the Olympics (Speaking of Olympics, How's your door decor coming? Remember for fire code don't wrap it around the edge of door and leave a hole for window)
Digital Learning DAY is This February 5th!
In addition to Piedmont's schoolwide DigiDine Olympics and Olympics QR Halls of Fame (link goes to us featured in the international DLD website), It's not too late to do a lesson in your room Feb. 5. Here are a bunch of choices and ideas-ready made lesson plans for Digital Learning Day
For more inspiration one teacher in Norway and how she uses digital learning-very inspiring ideas- and check out the old time chalkboard photo and how they look like ipad prototypes!
School Counseling week inspiration-Teach On Warriors! A beautiful idea from a retiring teacher who uses a ninja advisory-type trick to save lives. R It's not what you expect from the beginning of the story. http://momastery.com/blog/2014/01/30/share-schools/
Character Ed Link of the week - Check this page for a non-fiction Common Core article about sharing the glory, and what it means to get an award http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/lesson-ideas.html
MakerSpace in Education- How can You use It? In addition to our 3D printer, we've addded an OLD SCHOOL replicator--a sewing Machine- to our budding "makerspace" in the media center. Check out this link for inspiration of what the maker movmement is doing in Education. Check out, too, Ms. Newburger's giant whiteboard collaboration think and plan area! She's got a great vision for redesigning the Media Center !
Want to see a walk-through of HOW to use tech sites? I've been making videos for how to use basic sites in CMS including Google Drive. they are posted here. http://how.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/
Faculty Congrats this week:
Mr. Milligan is famous and representing Piedmont! Can't wait to see the whole thing and hear about his big win!
Mr. Reddig is a Semi-finalist for a National teaching award for Teaching Tolerance!
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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.