It seems we are through the “bad weather” for a time. Spring will be here officially tomorrow. Yay! The Bradford pears are blooming and are gorgeous to see. We must remember that Blackberry Winter will be here and be prepared. So, don’t put the winter clothes up just yet for the shorts and t-shirts.
Phone calls and emails have been received by several regarding upcoming professional learning opportunities. The methods courses are set to begin and are posted on the RCU website. More could be added in the coming days. Dr. Long will add these as needed or available.
COOL courses are also displayed. All sessions of COOL and LMS are available to begin April 6 (if there are enough enrollees for a section to make). The COOL sessions will conclude the end of May. These courses are strictly online.
Please use this link to see the upcoming professional learning opportunities available for methods courses, COOL, LMS, M-STAR, and more. Bookmark it for ready reference as well.
To register for a methods course, an online professional-development session, and/or COOL:
1. You must have a valid and active email address.
2. Go to MyPLC (http://myplc.rcu.msstate.edu) and follow the instructions.
If you have trouble registering in MyPLC, contact the RCU Help Desk:
3. A fee of $60.00 for each 10-hour session (1.0 CEU) will be charged. This fee is nonrefundable.
4. Wait to hear from your session facilitator by email.
With state testing around the corner (or here depending on your area and group), I thought I would share a pdf file I found on the Internet. It contains the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Process Verbs, Assessments, and Questioning Strategies. Notice as you view the chart there is a definition for the level, verbs used for the level, types of assessments for “testing” at the given level, and question stems. Great little table that all educators can use.
Test anxiety is felt by students and teachers alike at this time of the year. Look at this site for a cute little acronym for assessment time. SWEET means to Stay Positive, Work Hard, Examine the Questions, Eliminate Wrong Answers, and Take All the Time Given. When you visit the website, you will find a link for a free copy of the book Testing Miss Malrkey. You might share with students (and teachers) to ease fears.
Now just for a fun idea regarding testing, check out these YouTube videos from groups of teachers willing to go the extra mile for their students. The second one has a good message you could tweak for alleviating test anxiety. Are you up to this?
With warmer weather approaching, we know the sap is rising. This is true of students as well with their excitement for summer break and the approaching tests. Some students become a little more strong-willed than normal. Look at the website below for tips to consider using with students who may become more challenging during classroom instruction. Yes, the site indicates younger aged students. However, the same strategies can be helpful for older students.
As always, please remember to send all requests for help with Canvas, course registration, MyPLC, or other RCU areas to the Help Desk. You may reach the Help Desk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 662-325-2510. This is the fastest way to obtain assistance.
Have a great day!