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Wednesday’s Wanderings – April 17, 2013

17 Apr
Some states in the United States have implemen...

Some states in the United States have implemented laws to address school bullying. Law prohibits bullying of students based on sexual orientation and gender identity Law prohibits bullying of students based on sexual orientation only School regulation or ethical code for teachers that address bullying of students based on sexual orientation Law prohibits bullying in school but lists no specific categories of protection No statewide law that specifically prohibits bullying in schools (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok, I know that I am behind with sending the bi-monthly update. I am sorry. Can I say that it is busy around here? Whew! I haven’t caught my breath yet, and I am sure that most of you can relate.

By the way, I really appreciate the prod from a couple of people asking where their update was. That made my day! It is nice to know that the emails are appreciated and used. Thank you for the affirmation and the assurance that the sending is worth the effort and that the information is being used!

Well, where to begin – hmmm…there is just so much out there and has come in over the last few weeks.

For anti-bullying information and lesson planning, check out this site (especially counselors). The person at this site has lesson plan, PowerPoint, and everything ready for use. http://www.teachingquality.org/content/anti-bullying-psa-lesson

Do you want to improve your lesson planning and student engagement? Take a refresher look at this site. There are three things (yes, I know that you know these things already, but we all need reminders sometimes) that are mentioned. I especially like the compelling questions idea. We are all aware that we need to ask more higher order thinking (HOT) questions. Examples are provided. See if this article would not help you. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/first-five-minutes-richard-curwin

Look at this video from the Teaching Channel. It has a teacher explaining multiplication and division referencing Common Core for lower elementary students. I know most of you are teaching high school students. However, look at this video closely and remember that many of our students need extra help or reminding of these mathematical skills; but I also hope you will look at it for the teaching strategies that are used. He is actually employing some HOT skills AND incorporating 21st century practices that our students have to use for success in life. The students are “owning” this material. Anyway, see what you think. https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/multiplication-division-in-the-core?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

This article presents how a teacher helps at-risk secondary students with reading across various subject levels. Strategies are provided and explanations of how this was effective – including stats. Check it out. http://learningforward.org/docs/default-source/leading-teacher/lt-sp13-kathy-smith.pdf

Now, I usually have at least one “fun” item in the emails. The above items are more practical and possibly “boring” to many, but they are necessary for thought. Here is a fun item though. Check out Loopster. It is a free video editing tool. You can upload video that you or the students create, edit them using the tool, and share. It is recommended by Edudemic even. Watch the free 2.5 minute video at the upcoming link (be patient because it takes a minute to load) that introduces the tool. http://www.loopster.com/homepage

The school year is winding down. We all need to begin thinking of our end-of-year procedures. Add to your “to do” list for closing the year that your Blackboard courses need to archived and gradebooks downloaded. I will send in a few days more detailed procedures for how to complete these processes. The main thing is get these items on your radar and plan time to do them.

All of our spring professional learning classes are coming to an end. We have our summer online courses posted for viewing. Please go to the following web address for information on the summer offerings. http://www.rcu.msstate.edu/ProfessionalLearning/OnlinePD/CourseListing.aspx Keep in mind that the Essentials courses for summer are approximately half filled. These classes fill quickly.

Have a great day!

Michelle

 

 

 

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