The 2013-2014 Piedmont PD Book Discussion presentations are complete: Big takeaways from the short presentations are below. Book titles hyperlink to book summary and review:
Note: Handouts and ancillary materials are embedded below these summaries. If you liked the One Pager presented by Ms. Adornado's group and would like to use it in your class, go here -includes a related technique called "sketch notes"
Reign of Error- Diane Ratvich
"Im not pro corporation, and I'm not anti-corporation either, I am what we all in this room are which is pro-kid and the question becomes 'are they'?"
Our children are learning at a breakneck pace with no downtime to connect the dots or foster creative thinking.
The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
You don't know what you don't know about a child's life or their parents. Don't assume their choices or experiences. see Yellow question strips and compare your own answers to those of Ms. Walls
Sparks of Genius...the 13 Thinking tools of the World's Most Creative People – Root-Bernstein
See handout for creative thinking ideas. and embedded powerpoint below.
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
Egnot, Robert S
Heitner Grossman, Caroline G
Kennedy, John C
Miller, Johnny E
Marshall, Sheila P
Palgut, Eileen Susie M
The thoughts of a multicultural man on his family's own successes and that of other "outliers" who succeed against the odds.
House Rules – Jodi Picoult
The novel about a boy with Aspergers provides valuable insight into how to treat special needs students. What is our responsibility? What is the balance between providing a support and providing a crutch? Our discussion showed that we have teachers who feel strongly each way.
Notice and Note – Kylene Beers
Close reading meant for reading teachers but with strategies applicable to all
How Children Succeed – Paul Tough
Keith L. Harrell
Ronny N. Reddig
Matt B. Forbis
Elijah L. Ashley
Takeaways: Work ethic and social intelligence more important and desirable than academic intelligence; minimizing hardship hinderances to learning; Our role as teachers in helping support students at Piedmont in developing those qualities.
Now You See It - Cathy Davidson
Takeaways: Attention is selective, much is missed, by teachers and students. Are schools set up for creating factory workers and is our overt and hidden curriculum still the most important thing for students' futures in the new employment environment? Ways to restructure education including gamification, project based learning and real world tasks. See embedded video below.
Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success - Barute Kafele
portions published online as Google book Wendy Adornato
Somewhat controversial 'no excuses' take that is heavy on vignettes of the author's personal methods that led to his success with urban students. Focuses on the importance of knowing the student's story and of making learning relevant to that child. Culturally responsive. See the image below for "one pager" notes from the group.
Below are the Handouts and Supporting Materials from all Presentations:
Science as Inquiry
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