If you still need to join one of these groups or are making your own, please leave your name and book or group in the comments section of this post.
The PD Book Clubs for 2014-2015 are formed! Discussion Groups meet monthly on the third Wednesday at the location of your group's choosing. At this first September meeting next week, please decide your book group's norms and create a reading and assignment schedule. Please have one member of your group post it here in the comments so members can refer back to it.
So we have time for full staff discussions, please allow for time to create the presentation by April 1st. You can send me the link/links to it and I will post them here for the full staff if you are doing a flipped presentation. Take a look at this page get ideas of what your group might choose to do. Ideas included one pagers, videos, powerpoints and other slideshows, powtoons, etc. Other ideas are welcome.
Our Summer Reading Book Information and Online Discussion Link
The 2013-2014 Piedmont PD Book Club Presentations and Summaries
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
A Diane Ratvich Book
Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
Beyond Gifted Education
With Rigor For All
Teaching with Love and Logic
White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms
The following books are available with multiple copies in our PD library, but do not have group members yet:
How Children Succeed- Tough
Questions to Ask Yourself to Determine Your Direction and Resources to Help You Along the Way
For some of us teachers, completing the yearly district PDP (professional development plan) is a source of stress or frustration and for some it is just another hoop to jump through - but I have some great ideas to make it a more easy, meaningful and valuable process this year. Personally I love choosing my own PD, but I also love hearing from others what's out there that they think might work for me that I might otherwise not have discovered. With that in mind, here are 3 easy steps to help you make your PDP this year more than just another form to fill out.
Step 1 Choose Your Own Path
Start with some questions at the link below (to prompt thinking about the direction you'd like your future teaching to move toward):
Reflection readings: What is important to you? Are you setting goals or just jumping through hoops?
Here is the Alberta teachers' step-by-step guide to deciding PDP goals (Via Paul Pichurski ):
Once you've chosen the direction you'd like to travel in your personal growth this coming year, try these resources:
Besides a new round of our pd book discussion groups for the 2014 school year, and a new series of online self paced IB training webinars (earn CMS Renewal Credits for Piedmont faculty -please note that only webinar 1 is currently ready for use at this time, but more will be added throughout the year. ), consider incorporating any of the following for professional growth this year:
New for 2014-2015 "The Piedmont Rockstar World Tour" Classroom Visit Program - Is there a colleague you'd like to see in action but have no time to do so? Last year I blogged about many great teaching moments here in our building but nothing can compare to seeing a technique live in action. See me and I can cover your class while you pop in for half an hour at a time!
Step 3: Become More Awesome!
Use the path, try the resources, and see what works. Some stuff will fail but that's ok! How we come back from those failures is a lesson for our students that will last much longer than curricular lessons will.
That's it! Go, Team and Have a Great 2014-2015
This is for all interested CMS Employees:
Are you reading Relationships+Rules+Routines=Results for CMS Summer Reading? Would you like to be able to discuss as you read? If so, go to
then request to join the private wiki at the prompt. It's nothing official just a group of us doing an online book discussion as we read each chapter.
Once you are a member you can ask and answer questions, make comments for discussion, and share passages that resonate with you as you read from home or anywhere you are.
I made it a wikispace since wikis have good discussion organization, comments can remain private only to those who join as CMS employees, and most CMS teachers are familiar with the cms wiki, even if they have not used it for discussion before.
If you are not sure what I mean, this video shows what the site looks like once you join and walks through how to add comments and go to different chapter pages for discussion (sorry no sound) http://youtu.be/2t5BHDvxpsk?t=16s
Speaking of Summer PD, this can be a good time to check out old posts you may have missed on this site or scroll through memory lane all the amazingness from last year's learning at Piedmont .
One of the best ways to get ideas for your classroom is to see what's happening in other rooms, even if it is not the same subject or grade.
If you're already finished the book, here is my latest list of summer links and news your reading enjoyment!
Enjoy the rest of break!
Click the image to view the CMS district PD offerings for Summer 2014.
summer institute offerings are listed at a separate link. sign up now for free child care)
Click the image to be taken to the CMS Summer institute website with more information on the offerings and keynote speakers.
Remember, as per the email, you do not need to register in MyPD and you will receive CEUs per session atttended
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.
Update of the update:
I hope you've enjoyed your book group this year and have gotten something from the readings and from the discussions with each other. You will share what you have learned our next staff meeting.
Get with your group sometime before April 9 to:
During April's faculty meeting, please be prepared to present a 10 minute summation to the staff of your monthly book group PD. Some groups will present during the April meeting, the rest will go in May so we'll have time to discuss.
To ensure you are ready, make sure your group can answer yes to all the following questions by April's staff meeting:
Let me know if you have any special requests.
Click the image to go to the Google Form for Piedmont's PD Book Study Groups for 2013-2014.
Flipped Education is a term for the idea of automating the lecture/instruction part of your class so you are free during whole group time for discussion, practice and activities.
It's called flipped because in the old days homework was the practice done with out the teacher and kids would spend all their time in class just listening.
But we've never been about learning like that at Piedmont: Ms. Bailey uses Blendspace, our teachers personalize (as seen here) , and here are two specific examples of Flipping at Piedmont:
Our World Language Teachers Flip
Our Math Teachers FLIP
this is a youtube video of the demolition you just have to take my word about the 1.63 seconds."
Last Friday we talked about Nana's Chocolate milk and this is where last Friday's quiz can from, the egg problem at the bottom.
these are some things from Khan academy that may be helpful, this , and this, and some practice problems
Mr. Booth also makes his own videos, he reports that students loved seeing his own children in the video, this is motivating:
this is a clip of me playing the Product Game with my Daughter
Here are some practice problems, just push pause before I solve them and then check your answer against mine.Practice
The divisibility test is something to know. Here is Kahn's take on it, another look. I like to know why three works and 9 too. Here are some Practice Problems for the D. test
Some definitions that would be good to know:
Prime Number, Composite Number ,Perfect Number ,Abundant Number Deficient Number, Proper Factor
Intro to flipped PD (using the presentation below)
Flipping is a tool that is traditionally thought of as "class lecture at home, homework in class" the resources can be used in many ways: for whole group, for homework, or individually in class or as remediation or enrichment. In order to do a brief skype session about flipping at our faculty meeting, please view the following resources at your leisure so our session won't run long. Be thinking about how and if you can use these in class and come ready with questions and I'll share how and when we use it in our IB middle school.
I have cued the videos to begin at the minute I want you to start watching. You are welcome to watch the whole thing but you don't have to.
What is Flipping? - TV news segment on Flipping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxJgPHM5NYI&feature=youtu.be&t=6m11s -watch minute 6:11-10:13
Benefits of Flipping for at-risk students (raised scores, lower dropouts, fewer failures) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3LGd88qrTA&feature=youtu.be&t=1m41s watch minute 1:41-2:08
Please also take a quick peek (don't have to watch whole video) at these sample flips:
An example of a literacy/social studies/character ed or library flip (watch the video then click "think" "dig deeper" and "discuss" to see how one teacher used it as a lesson. Teachers can modify these questions, add their own, use it as is or upload their own lesson from scratch) http://ed.ted.com/featured/3nnuEvPB
An example of a Math Flip on that same site : http://ed.ted.com/featured/7mw3qRSi
Want to know more?
Here is the Flipped and Blended PD I delivered to a principal's meeting based on the flipping and blending we do here at Piedmont. Including links to resources for making your own as well as ready-made lessons for you to take from sites like ted-Ed, Khan, etc.
A Flipped Lesson + Augmented Reality Bonus
This is the Flipped lesson the counselors and I presented using the ColAR Mix app
including more info about Augmented Reality and resources for using it in apps like ColarMix and Aurasma.
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.