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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
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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.
Whats best for kids Isnt for every teacher to Reinvent the wheel
Outside the door I could hear Ms Beckham explaining the activity. Students were to make connections between terms they'd been learning. She explained clearly not skipping a beat as she sensed my presence and opened her door without turning her back to the class.
Students immediately got to work on their group's poster, a quiet hum of discussion as they made decisions together on which words could link and how.
It was academic conversation at its best. Students in control of their argument and reasoning and practiced in the process of respectful disagreement.
I returned at the end of class to take a photo of the choices and the first thing Ms Beckham said was "Its not mine" she may have said that out of consideration to not take credit for someone else's lesson design, but she couldn't be more wrong - it was hers, regardless of where it originated and it reminded me to write this post for others:
It isn't more nobel to wrIte the lesson - the Internet is full of great ideas It's all about the student and you - why reinvent the wheel if there's something ready-made out there that will work?
The secret is doing what Ms Beckham did: choosing carefully a high interest lesson that will work for your curriculum and students, and owning it well enough to explain to the class what you want to see at the end!
No guilt! Make it yours!
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.