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November 4 District Institute Day

PBIS: Tier 1 Supports

I am attending a Professional Development session about PBIS.  The speaker discussed using “High Quality & Engaging Instruction” in my classroom.  She had us talk to each other about what the first seven minutes of our class was like.  I enjoyed the activity and it does make me think about how I structure my first part of my class again.  However, this idea is not new to me.  I did lots of work this summer through reading books like Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess.  I guess my biggest issue with this presentation was the fact that this presenter didn’t practice what she preached.  She talked to us about “my first seven minutes of class” but did she think about the first seven minutes of her presentation?  Did she attempt to engage me as the adult learner?  I guess one of the biggest takeaways I get from these experiences is that I do not want my students to feel like I do.  I would have moved the section with the surveys to the beginning in order to begin the discussion on where we are and where we need to be.

On a side note, I continue to be amazed at what I will find on Twitter and the internet during surface level searching.  While the presenter was lecturing I looked up her biographical information on the internet and Twitter.


Pluralistic Classrooms

Think of 8 important individuals from dawn of history until 1870, 1870-1970, and 1970-present.  How many women?  How many brown people?  Which was the easiest?  List 8 Hispanic authors and poets.  African American. Caucasian.  Although the presentation was not all that great, the ideas behind it were.  I did appreciate the following video.

The Case Against The Single Story

It was amazing to listen to this woman’s personal experience with creating a single story in her own life to be able to get me to re-examine my own single stories in my life.  How many times have my students conjured up a single story for me because I did not take the time to get to know them better?  What can I do to better understand more than the single story?  Stories are a part of power, they can make or break a people.   “When we reject the single story, we regain a kind of paradise.”

Math Department Meeting

Discussed Formative Assessment Lessons,, Class Dojo, etc.  Teachers seemed to respond well to our portion of the presentation related to Formative Assessment Lessons and MARS tasks.  I was happy with the response given all of the adversity we overcame in order to put this session on.


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#EdCampChicago Experience

Just my thoughts from today.  First, I LOVE the fact that my mom and family support me during these endeavors and she is watching my lil guy at home.  Big thank you to her 🙂  Second, I love having conversations that last longer than the 40 character limit of Twitter :).  Third, I really thought about how to utilize some of the features of this format in the PD we present to make it better.  Always remember to “Go Where You Grow” – “Vote With Your Feet”


Integrating Tech Into The Math Classroom 

This conversation was good.  As I move into functions, I was trying to rack my brain on what to do.  I was reminded of the Function Carnival and can’t wait to use it this week.  I could probably spend hours on the different sites shared in this conversation.  I have plenty of reading, that is for sure.

Google Hangouts In The Classroom

This session helped reignite some ideas for me on how to utilize this tool in my classroom.  I would like to practice with it some more before going live.  Several of us had issues with the tech, but it was nice to have some people in the room that knew what they were doing.

Things That Suck

Ever since the last EdCamp I wanted to go to one of these sessions.  However, the carb overload from lunch I realized that I was more in the mood to listen as opposed to debating.  We debated snowdays and interactive white boards before I left.  I think one of these sessions could be fun in lieu of our traditional PD sessions at school.

Instructional Coaching

I liked the idea of using a Google calendar to track my activities and make it public to others to see.  I totally started a new calendar and plan to share it on Monday :).  Additionally, started a new Twitter Hashtag #iledcoach.

Standards Based Grading

This session helped me realize that I really want to utilize this.   I am fully aware that my grades are arbitrary and only though using standards based learning/grading can I get closer to having my students understand what they need to know and when they need to know it.