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Track Elie Weisel’s journey through Night
Drop Pins in places covered in stories and then talk about what happened next
Once students (or you) drop pins you can add text and photos.
Map different battles and put descriptions of each battle and find an image to represent it
Interactive Tools - specific to formative assessment -several resources to try with a description and directions for how to access
Trello - digital note-taking (research, book clubs), collaborative work. Better Organized than Padlet.
Canva - posters, advertising, infographics
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.
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.