Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Sci, Edgar, SS Facilitators

Started the day with a tour of the "Institute for school partnership" or "My Sci" center

They are located at 6601 Vernon Ave.

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Every lesson come packaged in its own bag

Amazing Storage

While there I met with Skyler Wiseman to discuss a partnership with Webster Groves and access to the My Sci Kits and truck.

Their main website: http://schoolpartnership.wustl.edu/programs-services/mysci/

Their "kits": http://schoolpartnership.wustl.edu/programs-services/mysci/teacher-resources/

also discussed piloting new kits in grade levels 345.

Went back to Edgar Road, to:

  • Investigate and learn about: http://www.eie.org
  • Respond to Science Kit emails and sign ups
  • Prep for 678 SS
    • Copy GLE
    • Make Agenda
    • Copy C3 draft
  • Update numbers of Kits and correspond with MaryAnn about sign ups

Led Social Studies Facilitator meeting:

Friday, April 26, 2013

4/26 Edgar Road, Central Office, Edgar Road

I started the day at the volunteer breakfast at Edgar Road.

Spent the day at Central Office, we met as a coordinator team and discussed:

  • Curriculum template
  • Progress made and examples from every area of Essentials and scales
  • determined some common beliefs
  • I revised the K12 units I completed and the corresponding templates
At 3 I went back over to Edgar Road to:
  • Called around to find a space for a 5/7 meeting space
  • Prep for K-5 SS facilitator meeting, made agenda, copies, and presentation:

  • Sent email about NGSS division for Wednesday
  • Sent reminder to SS facilitators
  • Sent payment form to Science facilitators
  • Made MS SS folders
  • Recorded this video about How to sign up for Elementary Science Kits

Thursday, April 25, 2013

4/25 Steger, Edgar Road, TLA

Started the day at Steger for the Grade reporting conversation some of our highlights were:

OUT of the BOX
Blood work document (your level, level of others)
PBTE document with rubric
Less wordy the better
Data compared to class average, district average or norms
Focused on the “most important thing”
Continuous, ongoing, just in time
Comments and descriptive personal feedback

Still using SIS
1. Enter data on one screen
2. Examining the report and regrouping to consolidate
3. Eliminating sections that were unnecessary

3 physical must haves
Less words (Less overall)
Parent friendly language
Grade (letter or BDS) + Comment

Pdf files: YES!
Can parents let us know if they received it.
Do we have to have a “file” created outside the end of the year?
Cheaper, way things are done, 

Headed over to Edgar Road to:

  • Finalize 2nd and 3rd year teacher planning
  • Respond to emails
Completed work on 1st grade Science documents: NGSS unit and Template
Headed over to Llywelyns to set up for TLA celebration

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Started the day at WGHS meeting the Assistant Principal about essentials, proficiency scales, grading, data, and assessment

Worked for a little while in central office

  • Finalized summer work for science and social studies
  • Create summer form for Science:
  • Created summer form for Social Studies:

  • Wrapped up Hudson vertical day and emailed document to Principal

Met with 2nd and 3rd year planning team to finalize the agenda and resources:

8:30 – 8:45 TAP OUT

8:45 – 9: 20 Welcome and Intelligent Behaviors
3min mine
5min partner
10min table – top 3 from table, bottom 2
7min Large group

9:20 – 9:30 Highlights Agree/Disagree Summary

9:35 – 9:45 Bathroom

9:45 – 10:05 Analogy Bag

10:05 – 10:30 Student intervention Cycle

10:30 – 10:45 Galley Walk and discussion

10:45 – 11:00 Eval and graduation.

CSD - Standards Insight Presentation: http://www.cesa7solutions.com/products/standards-insight/
  • Software Cloud based solution in order to filter, share, outline standards by grade level or content area
  • Help educators understand the standards
  • In addition to the unpacked fields there are 6 custom fields (we can add)
  • CSD is looking to add fields for SSD and MEL standards, NETS?, 
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (Alternate Grade Level Expectations)
Headed back to CO to finalize the facilitator meeting

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

4/23 7th Grade Social Studies, Discovery Techbook Webinar, Edgar Road

Spent the day at Central Office with 7th grade social studies:
We worked on the Classical World Unit

Unit overview: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1qnBqWEBMtLKYaXluwtCAHdIYq_a5WmTS2Wz96Hg3B1o/edit#heading=h.yly6sgo8cpi0

Assessment: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/159RA8-lE944fxiTdb49l8zzRf4YNaRm-_9TsZBPcvOo/edit#heading=h.v5uw7icvj6lu

and begun work on Middle Ages: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1MMr3izB-d47TIF2kZHQ1Vx-qg-K5SJvo0jl6xrInBRE/edit#heading=h.54r9p3dfuiqp

Outlined our summer work to highlight:

  • Finalize Middle Ages Unit
  • Begin work on any units assigned at May meeting
  • Continue work on Essentials and Proficiency scales
  • Have time for activity development and lesson design
  • Remap and pacing guides
  • Personal projects
    • Badges
    • Gamification
    • Google training
    • Web Apps

After meeting headed over to Avery to view the Discovery Techbook Webinar with 4th grade.

Then to Edgar Road to:

  • Clean up from the flood
  • Drop off papers and resources from Vertical Hudson day
  • Go through emails
  • Prep for Facilitator meeting
  • Plan rest of the year with Unit Plans
  • Made Agenda for Science Facilitators
  • Finalized Elementary Kit Sign up space: https://sites.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/drmcgee/

Monday, April 22, 2013

4/22 Hudson, SLCC, CTL

Started the day at Hudson.

We used the presentation for conversation found here:

I left to meet with the SSLC (St. Louis Science Leadership Consortium) team to plan Friday's meeting.

Then met with Michael Potterfield from UMSL's center for teaching and learning.

Went home to:

  • Answer emails
  • Follow up with Discovery Techbooks webinar
  • Pick up resources for Volunteer breakfast on friday.
  • Watched webinar:

Friday, April 19, 2013

4/19 Coordinator meeting, Edgar Road, WGHS

Started the day meeting with the CNI team discussing balance in leadership and life.  Used this post as a reference point: http://coachinandout.blogspot.com/2013/01/hows-your-balance.html

Do your own evaluation here: http://www.discoveryreport.com/ziglar-wheel-quiz.php

Went back over the Edgar Road to:

  • Answer and respond to 30 emails
  • Set up PD day with Discovery Techbooks
  • Met with KSD coordinator about Hackathon thing
  • Outline CSD spotlight video
  • Sent plan for 678 Science meeting
  • Planned SS vertical Team for 5/15
  • published vertical team email
  • Emailed ADEs about NGSS work
  • Worked on NGSS 1st grade Light and Sound
  • Cleaned up my ridiculous desktop

Went over to WGHS to meet with an Assistant Principal about Google Apps.

4/18 Bristol, Edgar Road, Mystery Skype, 7th Grade Science

Saw Kindergarten
where we watched a story using http://www.storylineonline.net

Stopped by 1st grade where their walking field trip to the "HUB" bicycle company was canceled due to weather.  They were enjoying some VERY dated Dare videos.

I then went to another Kindergarten room, we:
  • practiced our numbers and the date
  • went to station time
  • I played a math game where kids used blocks to count and subtract
  • I played in the technology station
  • I downloaded a learned how to play SpyMouseHD

I saw some great math activities in 2nd grade and helped a student through some tough two digit addition and subtraction.  It was hard for me too!

I watched a little of the WWII video in 5th grade

Saw a probability workshop in another 5th grade room.

I then went to music to play some drums and learn some music.  Here's what we played!

I then left and went over to Edgar Road when I arrived I found a corner of my office flooded.

I helped set up Skype for an interview tomorrow.

I Watched a Mystery Skype in 3rd grade.  Each kid had a job and was at a station:
 We skyped with students and asked only "Yes" or "No" questions.
 We had a backchannel discussion using todaysmeet to ask more detailed or follow up questions:
Used google maps and google Earth to eventually find their town!

Attended the 7th grade Science Meeting after school, where we discussed:
  • Glassware
  • Vertical Team
  • Summer Work
  • NGSS

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



Started the day at WGHS.  I met with the Assistant Principal to go over essentials, objectives, and proficiency scales.

I headed over to CO to meet with a couple of the staff to discuss ipad usage and help people through hurdles with their device.

I created covers for new teacher binders:

Afterwords headed over to CO to arrange the Board room for the ETA association meeting.

After the ETA meeting Stayed at C.O. for the district LMT meeting.
Presentation here: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/presentation/d/1ra683L2zNtXeSUR7A7ouNhd0nOEeSsTnIGEHFzGkmRc/edit#slide=id.gbb90445a_0129

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

4/16 Steger, Central Office, Science Vertical Team

Met at Computer school with ELA and Math coordinators to plan New teacher trainings this summer

Researched online learning and collaborative space:

  • Yammer
  • Edmodo
  • Moodle
  • Blackboard

Planned 678 Social Studies meeting

Organized and set up for Vertical team
Facilitated Vertical Team conversation

Went home to:

1.  Finalize notes from vertical team: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/14-tQNXqO-jI4xfq_uxFvQfrNBhsdwleH8GzjAwGUjSs/edit#

2.  Record vertical team video

3. Upload vertical team video:

Monday, April 15, 2013

4/15 Hudson Vertical Day, Prep Vertical Team

Began the morning with an M&M activity

Used this presentation for conversations:

 Spent afternoon working with 4th grade teachers on end of unit assessment.

I also began work on NGSS 1st grade Light and Sound unit.

Submitted Summer work hours and days

Went back over to Edgar road to prep for Science Vertical Team

  • Copied Agenda
  • Copied Matrix
  • Copied NGSS by grade level
  • Copied inside the box

Thursday, April 11, 2013

4/11 Science Inventory

Added 200 plus more items on the Science inventory of Kit room:

See and search what we have available here:

Remember, Click:

  • Control + F on a PC
  • Command +F on a Mac to search the document
1/4 left!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

4/10 Office, Litzinger Road, Office, PD Plan

Started the day with two meeting canceled.  Google tools at WGHS and SS Essentials at WGHS.

Went over the the office to work on:

At 10 Met with Litzinger Road Ecology Center staff to discuss their role in the NGSS and the CCSS

Back over to Edgar Road to:
After school met with Tech Director of Vianney to plan Digital resource curation activitites and to build capacity.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

4/9 Science Kit Inventory

Completed 1/4 of the inventory in the store room:

Started spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Agz1J6fj2c9rdGZ4TTBCajctNVhnZ1QzR21Ibk54NWc#gid=0

Spreadsheet is searchable using:

  • Command + F on a Mac
  • Control + F on a PC

Monday, April 8, 2013

4/8 Hudson, Edgar Road

Started the day at Hudson with ELA and Math Coordinators to plan Hudson Vertical days.  Notes and Agenda found here: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/19DGPsBKnZ9HRBIjCvF0IPQIihGH_j6LHz7LrmZwV320/edit?pli=1

Went over to Office Max for Folders

Went over to Edgar Road to work on:

Friday, April 5, 2013

4/5 Hixson, Avery, Edgar Road

Started the day at Hixson,

I helped students load their games into a box truck

We took the box truck and two buses of students over to Avery for the Hixson Arcade.

Went back over to Edgar Road afterwords to work on:

  • Finalizing schedule for next week
  • Plan Hudson Vertical teaming
  • Work on Collaborative space
  • Emailed Clark about inventory day

Then met with Webster University Undergrads and prospective students as a part of a Alumni Panel.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

4/5 DLT, Edgar Road, Hixson

Started the day at DLT.  We discussed different technology tools and technology integration into the curriculum.  The document we worked from was here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mam277Q6_ynfJdnFJjhBbUoSAUsWliH_Dc540EKYJxI/edit

I then met with my Mentor.  We went over details for the rest of the year and thought through some summer details.

I then went back to edgar road to:

After school I went over to Hixson for the 8th grade SS meeting and the 7th Sci Meeting.  Items discussed were:
  • 8th grade field trip
  • Arcade details

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

4/3 WGHS, Avery, Edgar Road

Met with WGHS AP in charge of Social Studies. we discussed:

  • Outcomes of the vertical team meeting
  • Current work from HS SS Dept
  • scheduling of future events and meetings
I went over to Avery to view space for the Arcade on Friday and Map out events for the day.

I came back to Edgar Road to work on:
  • Attending an ADE conference call
  • Reserved space for 4/23 SS Curriculum work day
  • Finalized Arcade Plan
  • Confirmed buses for Friday
  • wrote blog post for WGSDLearning
  • Labored over summer sign up email
  • Tweeted out resources from readings
  • Began Work on TEDx speech

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

4/2 Office, Hudson, Steger

Started the day working on tasks:

1.  Summer sign ups for Science and Social Studies summer work

2.  Emails with sign up directions

3.  Planned science vertical team 2

4.  Made presentation for Science vertical team

Went over to hudson for Amazing MAP race (for review)

Student identified the errors and correct sentences:
 They learned about similes and antonyms:

 They evaluated answers to MAP like questions:

 They evaluated types of questions:
 The Met the Gnome at the end of the race:
 They answer questions about a section of reading:

Really fun atmosphere and tons of great review activities for the MAP test coming up!

After school met with 6th grade world studies, we discussed

  • Latin America Goals
  • Vertical Team meeting
  • South Africa Unit

Monday, April 1, 2013

4/1 Central Office, WGHS, Edgar Road, Hixson, Central Office

Met for Eval with supervisor, went over Eval document and this: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1Vxk1RLNX2AuB1Klk0cnPtS-Obe9M2J0uHCoUq2yOUPo/edit
Went over to WGHS to scan binders

Worked in office and sent district and building wide emails
Separated scanned binders in to usable pdf files then moved files onto server
Met with Hixson Principal
Answered emails regarding arcade and responded to others
Attended PDC meeting