Monday February 13, 2012

Important Dates

Feb 13 – We will be streaming a live webinar from Dylan Wiliam, who is a leading researcher on the effective use of formative assessment in the classroom. The webinar will begin at 3:00 pm and run for one-hour, all are invited to attend.

Feb 13 – Tonight Claudine Emerson is presenting Drugs 101: What Every Parent Should Know in the auditorium beginning at 6:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend this very provocative and informative evening.

Feb 14 – Valentines Day, don’t forget your significant other!

Feb 15 – Faculty Meeting beginning at 2:30. This meeting will be a breakout session however, we will begin in the Library before we breakout. We still have several content areas that are working on items for their Curriculum Committees, so we will dedicate this time for math, science, social studies, English Language Arts and the Allied Arts. Math folks are reviewing their selections for text books to be purchased; social studies are examining the k-12 continuum for the content area; science continues to evaluate the adjustments in curriculum made last year, however, as you can see below there is a special event at Great Falls School in which you may want to participate; ELA is working on writing rubrics that will align to the common core and Allied Arts continue their review.

Feb 15 – There will be a webinar at Great Falls School beginning at 3:00 until 4:30. The title of the webinar is A Deep Dive Into A Framework for K-12 Science Education. This webinar will include presentations from Philip Bell, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and the Geda and Phil Condit Professor of Science and Math Education at University of Washington and Heidi Schweingruber, Deputy Director of the Board on Science Education.  During the webinar, there will be time for both presenters to take questions from the audience via the Q&A window in WebEx.

Feb 16 – Monthly PIE meeting in the GMS Library beginning at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

Feb 20 – 24 – Just in case some of you may have forgotten, this is our mid-winter break. For those of you who may be headed to warmer climes, we hope you have a safe journey and great weather, for the rest of us, let’s hope we don’t “waste” any great snow storms!

Feb 29 – In honor of Sadie Hawkins Day, Mrs. Tassey and Mrs. Laviolet’s EICAL students will be presenting the Italian Restaurant. (I am not sure what Sadie Hawkins has to do with it, but I thought I’d throw it in!). Make your reservations early for this gastronomic event of epic proportions.

Mar 2 – Early release day activities focusing on careers. Thanks to Lona, Kelly Winslow and Susie for organizing this day filled with many, many interesting presenters. The schedule of events will be forthcoming in the days after vacation, but it promises to be a great day for our kids!

Mar 2 – The after school activities will focus on completing our book talks and then sharing our books with everyone. Thanks to all for doing such a great job at embracing this activity.

Other Stuff

So, by now you have realized that the Monday Memo looks a little different! I am moving to this blog format for several reasons. One is to try to make this information more timely and to allow for comments to be posted directly to the blog. This may, hopefully, foster some wonderful professional conversations about educating adolescents. The second reason is that, in time, as I become more proficient with this format, I will be able to upload some interesting videos, links to interesting articles from some of the several journals to which we subscribe and to link us all to some of the many places in cyber space that can help us reflectively examine our practice.

In the past couple of weeks I have become somewhat enamored by Twitter, that place where we input up to 140 characters to tell people about our life. You know, where Chad Ochocinco, the much maligned (and deservedly so) wide receiver for the New England Patriots, tells the world what he is doing right now, and right now and right now… However, I do marvel at the ability of interact with so many people with so many different ideas. I realize that this could easily become an obsession, one which could consume every waking moment of my day (sort of like my friend Chad!), but I am also curious as to how this information was disseminated before we had these social networks. Let me give you an example of what this weekend uncovered for me.

I came across a tweet from a teacher, from parts unknown. In her tweet she included a hashtag (#) for the Nerdy Book Club. I was intrigued enough to do a search on Google for the Nerdy Book Club and I found a wealth of information about Young Adult Literature, current authors offering fiction for youngsters of all interests. But that was not all I found! From the Nerdy Book Club I was introduced to The Nonfiction Detectives. These folks do their blog about nonfiction books for young adults and I was amazed at the amount of selections, both old and new that are available on any number of subject and at all reading levels.

At this point I became very impressed and truly began to understand the power of this media and what everyone is talking about. This media is far more than telling the world what you’re having for breakfast and how annoyed you were at what was said on some nightly news show. This was a powerful tool that could be used fro exploration and expeditions, which is exactly what we hope our students will do with their learning!

I could go on, and on, and on… but I will try to dish this out in smaller doses so as not to totally overwhelm me! I am including links to the Nerdy Book Club; The Nonfiction Detectives; and The Book-A-Day Almanac for you to examine. I think you will enjoy these links and I am sure that you will find even more interesting places to find more interesting resources. I would ask each of you, that if you do find some interesting additional resources, that you would share them with all of us through the feedback section of this blog.

Hard to imagine that we have less that 5 days until February vacation… and for those of you who count the days until the next (embarrassed that I know this!) it is 7 weeks! Have a great week!


2 thoughts on “Monday February 13, 2012

  1. Love the new format. I have not yet expressed interest to Jane about the Science webinar on Wednesday. May we go to either the staff meeting or the webinar? I believe 7th grade is in charge of snacks…should I drop them off or take to Great Falls if I go?
    Graham fell on the ice and is home today, but now I get to have the first comment on the memo!

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