Saturday, December 21, 2013

12/20 Coordinator Meeting, CO, WGHS, Hixson

Started the morning at Coordinator meeting


Headed over to Hixson:
1.  Drop of DBQ binder and resources to 7th Grade Social Studies
2.  See Hot Air Balloons in action



video

video

Headed over to CO to drop off paperwork and resources.

Then to WGHS to work on Social media PD on 1/6: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ueAowpcXQO_jKZyIDLg9S4R9BpxI8NFrC2rlwOVX1MQ/edit#slide=id.g25fa32a5b_0223
*NOTE: not finished

Afterschool headed over to Hixson to set up for 1/6 PD day.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12/19 WGHS

Started the day with email.  Why email?  Well from being out 1 day I had a TON of it!


Emailed out details for the Hot Air Balloon event: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cmaah8p738sv60vlp98f8cjcmas?authkey=CMyaz4CJgd-ENQ

Met with Copy Center to go over scanning projects

Organized 1/2 day with 6-8 team.

Began reading C3 Framework, takeaways include:
C3 Framework
My Takeaways


The C3 Framework1 is centered on an Inquiry Arc—a set of interlocking and mutually supportive ideas that frame the ways students learn social studies content.
Content is critically important to the disciplines within social studies, and individual state leadership will be required to select appropriate and relevant content.
Reflecting the shared responsibility for literacy learn- ing put forward by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects  the C3 Framework fully incorporates and extends the expectations from the grades K–5 English Language Arts standards and the grades 6–12 standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
The C3 Framework begins with two narrative explanations: the Inquiry Arc, which provides the organizing structure for the document; and the Overview of English Language Arts/Literacy Common Core Connections, which highlights the important relationship between the C3 Framework and the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy. Next, the C3 Framework presents the following four Dimensions: 1 Developing questions and planning inquiries; 2 Applying disciplinary concepts and tools; 3 Evaluating sources and using evidence; and 4 Communicating conclusions and taking informed action.
The C3 Framework closes with five appendices.

C3 has limits and didn’t take into account many factors.
 Questioning is key to student learning. The C3 Framework encourages the use of compelling and supporting questions, both teacher- and student-gen- erated, as a central element of the teaching and learning process

12/18 Sick Day


Monday, December 16, 2013

12/16 WGHS, Hixson

Started the day responding to emails from over the weekend.

Set up for Social Studies Vertical team by:
Printing and copying vertical Alignment
Created this timeline:

Printing US constitution assessments at 4th, 8th and high school.
Created Graphic organizer for interacting with assessments like this:

canceled meeting at Avery
Reminded Hixson about being in building

Read this blog post on innovation: http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2013/12/7-innovation-myths/

Watched this video: What's your sentence?



Confirmed January meeting dates for facilitators and 2nd year team.

Set up planning meeting for 2nd year teacher group

Headed over to Hixson for 7th grade science meeting.

Friday, December 13, 2013

12/13 WGHS, Bristol, Edgar Road, WGHS

Started the Day at Coordinator meeting

Headed over to Bristol to meet with 2nd Grade regards Science and Social Studies changes.

Afterwords, headed over to Edgar Road to judge their winter Bulletin Boards. Here are couple of my favs:


Headed back over to WGHS to:

Watch this film:



Sent email update to Flip PD people.  The email included:
Update:
  • We're all set to meet on January 7th, you should all have received an email calendar invite.  
  • I have worked out all the details the Techsmith and have secured all the codes for the software.  Just so you know it was ALL donated.  That's $300 per code x 17 codes = $5100 saved!
  • At this first meeting we will be planning all the other meeting dates.

$$$$$PAID$$$$$:
  • We will have vouchers to reward you for your commitment to education and taking a risk.
  • I'm finalizing how many classes we can pay you for.
  • We've secured at least 1 day of paid summer work to record your videos.  I'm sure you'll work more than that.
Have 3 minutes?  

Exercise in Transparency:
Here's what I think we'll be discovering/learning about in each of our sessions: 
(these are all in draft form so please feel free to comment, add, take away, etc.)

Class 1:
Getting to know you
KWL re: Flipping
Orientation to G+

Class 2:
Experts in flipping hangout (bringing in the best of the best for us to video chat and ask clarifying questions)
Flipping "versions"
What's year 1 for me, what's my progression? Where do I go next?

Class 3:
All about McGee...How did I use it in my 6th grade science class?
Watch and critique a video
Classroom procedures that changed
Progression to implementation - What's your path?

Class 4:
Structures and systems that exist to support you:
#flipclass
G+
Crazy for Education
TED Ed
Google forms
Sophia
Crazy for Education

Summer work:
Orientation to Software
Recording videos
Classroom procedures

Next School Year:
Class 5:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
What happens when they don't watch the video?

Class 6:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Robust Assessment

Class 7:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Classroom activities

Class 8:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition

Eval and KWL revisit


Thursday, December 12, 2013

12/12 CECH, WGHS, Bristol, Ed Plus

Started the morning at a CECH meeting.

Discussed Kids voting USA and Missouri
Discussed MYLOGO event with Avery and Hudson
Received a presentation from Dr. Charles Schmitz around World Class city: http://stlworldclasscity.com/

Headed back to WGHS to:

  • Answer email.
  • Planned FLIP presentation and finalized enrollment
  • Revise SS K-8 Scope and Sequence
  • sent meeting reminders to vertical team




Met with 3rd grade Bristol

Met with Program director at Edplus re: science leadership and advocacy teams.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12/11 Bristol, CO, Bristol, WGHS

Started the day with 5th grade at Bristol discussing curriculum drafts.

Headed over to CO to work on DQ 2-4 presentation for schools.


Headed back over to Bristol to meet with Kindergarten.

Picked up resources from copy center and moved those onto the server.

Planned more on the Flip Teaching workshop, details below:

Class 1:
Getting to know you
KWL re: Flipping
Orientation to G+

Class 2:
Experts in flipping hangout
Flipping "versions"
What's year 1 for me, what's my progression? Where do I go next?

1/2 Day Observation:
What does the Flip Class look like?

Class 3:
All about McGee...
Watch and critique video
Classroom procedures
Progression to implementation

Class 4:
Structures and systems that exist to support you:
#flipclass
G+
Crazy for Education
TED Ed
Google forms
Sophia
Crazy for Education
Flipped classroom Certification: http://www.sophia.org/flipped-classroom-certification

Summer work:
Orientation to Software
Recording videos
Classroom procedures

Next School Year:
Class 5:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
What happens when they don't watch the video?

Class 6:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Robust Assessment

Class 7:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Classroom activities

Class 8:
Check in - How's it going?
Supporting the transition
Eval and KWL revisit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12/10 WGHS, Bristol, Steger

Started the day at WGHS.  Prepared for Grade level meetings with Bristol teachers throughout the week.  Made this presentation and made handouts of this presentation:


Met with 4th grade teachers...

Started Reading Eat Move Sleep.

Met with 1st grade teachers...

Headed over to Steger to meet with Social Studies team.

Met with Math coordinator

After-School Met with Social Studies 6th grade

Monday, December 9, 2013

12/9 Hixson, Hudson, WGHS, Central Office, WGHS

Started the day meeting with 7th grade socials studies teacher.  We discussed the curriculum draft process and developing a meeting to iron our location of content in middle school.  As a result I reached out to building principals.

Afterwords I went to 8th grade science.  There students gave presentations on the experiments they designed.  Images here:




Packed up quad beam balances and drove them over to Hudson.

Dropped of 12 balances to Hudson for use in 5th grade science class.

Headed to WGHS.  Met with Coordinators to Plan January 30th Staff development.  Notes and details here: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1c5P20lFvkxUNyInAkzuYCcNpxaxBkOevtotiQWXjPSw/edit

Headed over to Central Office to meet with Assistant Supt.  We planned out the January 6th Staff development day and visioned an Edcamp Style session offering.

Back to WGHS to:
  • advertise SS vertical team
  • reach out to 3rd grade and 6th grade regard Force and Motion Assessments
  • email Hixson regarding the 17th Hixson coordinator day
Headed home to:




12/5 and 12/6 PDK event

Traveled to Washington DC for PDK event

Took notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oFwmuvmPr-8lh5GvizwLaF9RuAdKweVenTmG4BW2uH8/edit#

Notes and interactions also compiled here:


Saturday, December 7, 2013

12/3 and 12/4 WGHS

12/3 work with 4th grade teachers to revise Curriculum drafts.

12/4 work with 5th grade teachers to revise Curriculum drafts.

Monday, December 2, 2013

12/2 WGHS

Worked on K-5 Social Studies Curriculum drafts:
Worked on 4th and 5th grade curriculum drafts for Science:
Met with iDEA to discuss:

  • reviewed google form for sign ups for 1/6
  • Discussed iDEA virtual space.
Attended strategic planning.