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Global Maker Day is October 23rd
Fits with IB Design Cycle, design thinking, college and career readiness, builds student critical and creative thinking, and is very "Piedmont" in that you already do a lot of making in class via hands on projects (PBL)
How to celebrate?
Before October 23rd, register here (all peolpe who register get a free digital copy of the book: Makers in Schools, Entering the 4th Industrial Revolution) then choose one or all of these three ways to take part:
updated. originally published 2-7-2018
Do you use any of these tools or another not mentioned here? If you are a Piedmont teacher, please add your name to our list here
Personalize a map for your class or have students do so. Here's how
Map different battles and put descriptions of each battle and find an image to represent it
Is your favorite tool missing? Add it in the comments or email me.
Update: easiest way to access-no log in required- is to go to the link below and click on your grade level
Follow these instructions to deliver the required lesson to your students:
First, Join course at link Course Name: Title IX Harassment and Bullying Lesson Training for Teachers
You will be prompted to sign in to Canvas
Use your NCEdCloud to log in to Canvas (its your 10 digit id) Click forgot password if you don't know the password
Next, Deliver the lesson to your class:
Below are the Direct Lesson LINKS( for your convenience if you have any trouble logging into Canvas or navigating the course) These Lesson plans are a google drive link-To see them, sign in to Google Drive using your cms email. Lesson slides are a link to the canvas course - sign in with NCedcloud)
Note that unlike some other grade levels, middle school lessons do not have any additional resources, you just use the slides and lesson plan.
See Gurthie if you have any questions or problems. Notify a counselor if a child has an issue. Send Ms. Gurthie the names of any absent students so she can deliver the makeup lesson starting 9/12
Using NCwiseowl for instructional materials
Encyclopedia Britannica- Here is a short scavenger hunt of some resources we learned today
NCWISEOWL is automatically logged in from school.
Can use elem
Go to AZ list
Literary reference center
Gothic using twitter to explore characterization
Science reference center
Quicksearch and look
Science experiments even lexile level
Novelist -Quicklinks- Extenders
Copy and paste
This PD post was inspired by an example created by two students compacting out of Mr. Kollar's 6th grade math unit. They chose the topic "Content Curator" from this Curriculum Compactin Contract and created a math EOG review website to help them and their fellow 6th graders prepare for end of grade testing. They chose to make this site because they did not know of one like it and they wished for it themselves.
Their product can be used as a model for any teacher who wants to use digital tools to more effectively serve their students. Here is the workflow of a student visitor using their site.
(Take the test and submit your answers then view results to see for yourself.)
This sleek 5 step online, self-paced, self-correcting review system is a great way to use Google Drive and Weebly, Google Sites, a Google Classroom, Canvas, or whatever website you wish.
please click the button below to visit a site that explains compacting. It was made especially for students by a Piedmont compacting student
read on to learn how to implement curriculum compacting in your classroom!
What is compacting?
Curriculum Compacting is one way to help your gifted high fliers. It can even help underperforming students who may be underperforming due to boredom.
Who should compact?
Students in your class who have already mastered the material as determined by you via:
Some students who do not know the material at the time of introduction are still good candidates for compacting if they are fast learners on their own. Those students may wish to compact out of the practice and reinforcement lesssons their classmates do.
Additionally, students who have mastered some of your content can compact out of the parts they already know once they prove mastery.
How do I determine mastery?
The easiest way to do this is to begin with the end in mind. List the skills you want all students to know at the end of your unit and how each can be assessed. Offer to test those whose test scores or performance (very high or oddly low) indicate they may be a match for compacting.
Where can I find help?
Ms Gurthie in the makerspace can help with compacting independent studies!
Students can come to my office to work on an assignment you chose , but the latest research says that gifted student should be allowed to work on the project they wish. To that end I wrote this Compacting Contract. Feel free to contact me if you would like to try this.
Ms. Hanson, Ms. Madan and I are training to learn more about Personalized Learning.
A personalized classroom contains 4 main flavors which can be achieved via various ingredients below. It considers the whole child, allows students to own their own learning, has the goal of working toward mastery of distinct skill goals, and allows students choice in pace and content.
This list of Ingredients is what that looks like in a classroom.
Which of these would you like try adding to YOUR classroom recipe? Check the bulleted list out below and try adding one at a time as you feel comfortable.
Whole Child looks like...
Some of these you are already doing, some may seem intriguing (try those first!) some may seem daunting (don't try them yet) and some may seem impossible (they're not!)
ALL of them will increase student motivation and learning in your room. printable list below if you want to check a few off and see how it goes.
Sign up in MyTalent to receive 1 CEU Literacy credit for participating in Ms. Barone's Faculty meeting PDs this school year.
That's it! Happy learning! See Lisa Gurthie or email her if you have any trouble registering.
418792 LIT 497 Professional Development Readings Discussion Groups
Piedmont teachers will meet monthly on Wednesdays to discuss PD topic research reading assignments. Students arrive with completed readings and written annotations, ready to discuss each professional development topic aligned with the multi-year ILT strategies of close reading, writing, text-based Academic Conversations, and text- dependent questions (TDQ). Resources and materials will be ILT aligned professional development readings, group members, and note-taking and annotation supplies including Google Drive and other web tools. Credit will be issued upon completion and submission of assignments, group meeting notes which include written growth reflections and knowledge gleaned from the wrap up presentations.
Are you interested in professional learning this summer? So far I've taken courses about ESL, tech, and social studies. Want to take part? are some summer PD options, some of which are slated for stipends. Peruse these catalog links for the course codes then register in MyTalent
CMS PL Department Offerings
UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Free parking at First Ward ES
Sign Up in MyTalent with the Code: 433913
Keynote Speaker: Dean Shareski author of Embracing a Culture of Joy: How Educators Can Bring Joy to Their Classrooms Each Day
Interested in learning more about strategies that practicing PL educators have been incorporating into their classroom? Then come join us for our PL Showcase by educators for educators. The goal of the showcase is for PL educators to share resources and current examples of Personalized Learning practices and strategies from their classrooms to help others gain ideas. You will have the opportunity to interact with ideas, people, and possibilities with Personalized Learning expertise in a safe environment to network, learn, and share. We look forward to learning with you!
Here is the updated Title IX Harassment and Bullying Lesson Training for Teachers (replaces that other Canvas course which was removed)
On May 31st here at Piedmont, all students must receive this anti-bullying and harrassment lesson unless parent/guardian returns the opt-out form. Ms Gurthie will teach the make up lesson during sessions on June 1st (We will call down students who were absent).
TRAINING Link (prior to May 31)
All licensed staff are required to access and complete this Canvas training, which should take no more than 10 - 15 minutes. You will need to sign into NCEdcloud to access
Course Name: Title IX Harassment and Bullying Lesson Training for Teachers
TEaching LinkS- Use on May 31st
(These are here for your convenience and are also available from the canvas link above. Lesson plans are a google drive link- sign in using your cms email. lesson slides are a link to the canvas course - sign in with NCedcloud)
Note: middle school teachers don't have any additional resources, you just use the slides and lesson plan
See Gurthie if you have any questions or problems. Notify a counselor if a child has an issue.
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.