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One of the biggest issues teachers have is not having time for PD. There is a movement to stop long whole group PD and start doing short peronalized PD's Click the image to learn about the 2 Minute PD movement. You can also follow @mpelochino on Twitter.
If you would like to watch some 2 minute PD videos, just go to Youtube and search #2minPD and watch any of the choices that interest you. Here are some search results http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%232minPD
I noticed offerings in Thinglink, Augmented Reality, and more.
If you like what you see in 2 minutes, then you can try it out or learn more on your own. If you don't like it, you've not wasted much time. See me if you would like to earn a badge for any PD you do.
Please consider making your own videos to share something you are good at! Piedmont has some amazing teachers and I can help. See me to hash out ideas or if you'd like me to film you and upload it.
Go to Atomic Learning.
Earn CEU's from any computer and choose your own topic that YOU want to learn!
Receive a CEU for viewing ten or more hours of any video tutorials in Atomic Learning. You do not have to submit anything. Atomic Learning will send an electronic report to MyPD where the hours will be converted to CEU.
Click the image to be directed to AtomicLearning.com . Sign in with GAFE (Google Apps for Education-your google drive login or see me) to view the great choices. Select the Access link to see document on access and CEU.
Thanks to Donna Jessup for this info and to Julia Winegardner for the inspiration.
Inspiration to post this lesson below came from Stephen Ransom's tweet (embedded below).
You can't go wrong with Pernille Ripp! I love her ideas on grading (stop it!)
Are you or your students feeling a Springtime Slump? Time to bring the joy back to learning with movement in a method i created called "Dance Your Topic." 10 easy steps below but first the rationale:
You should try this because movement wakes up class and engages higher order thinking. Also sometimes students don't realize they don't understand a topic until they try to interpret it through dance or other artistic media. Older students especially have become adept at writing on autopilot so they can spit back words that make it seem like they understand, but they truly don't. I have also noticed it bonds the class and cuts down on bullying. It also produces a lot of smiles in addition to understanding.
It takes a lot of warm up on the front end to begin the method, but it is worth it and can be used time and time again throughout the year.
Teens can be shy to the idea of movement or dance-based learning and very vulnerable to embarrassment so it is essential to start slowly in most schools.
Try this topic-based dance lesson inspired by Dance Your PhD:
Step-by Step Instructions "Dance Your Topic"
Congratulations! you have created higher order thinking, and joy with a low-tech, arts-infused lesson you can use again and again!
Like this idea?
Here is the PD Session I presented at the CMS Tech Conference a while back: "Bringing the Joy Back With Tech". Includes several more ideas for arts and tech integration. Click the dancing image for ideas including movement-based learning such as Lego Serious Play, Frozen Tableaux and my own Dance Your Phd - inspired "Dance Your Textbook Chapter!" joy-based "hard fun" lesson instructions.
As students can easily learn anything at the click of a button these days, it becomes more and more important that a school function as a community of learners. Otherwise, it's just more efficient to stay home and stare at a screen.
Culturally Responsive Teaching is especially important in an International Baccalaureate school and our focus on teaching culture is one benefit of attending her. However, not all schools are like this. Sometimes teachers are afraid to talk race. Sometimes teachers are blind to it. This may be convenient, but it is unwise.
Although the idea of race is bogus, the cultural impact of it is not. Just recently students in a class that was discussing the racist element of imperialism waved their MAP score graph printouts at me and asked "Why are Asians smarter?" (This article was retweeted by an academic today. Caution: Language)
Understanding race as a construct that shapes your classrooms and the lives of the students is one of the most iimportant things you can do to become more culturally responsive. However, you need to be prepared. This article is the most useful one to me:
The concept of Stages of Racial Identity Development is also useful for both teachers and students in understanding how viewpoints can differ as part of normal development based on racial identity. More on that idea here
More Useful Resources on Teaching Race:
For the Teacher:
Talking about Race: Learning about Racism The Application of Racial Identity Theory in the Classroom (PDF)
More on Dr. Beverly Tatum:
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.