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It’s all about the core…
…as in the Common Core. Another school year is beginning but it won’t be business as usual! Big changes are here in Washington state:
Big changes indeed! Along with providing information and support for teachers to implement the new standards and prepare for the new assessments, I believe there are specific actions we can take to prepare for these changes:
I believe focusing on these strategies will help us implement the new standards and prepare our students for the new assessments. It’s a big task, but I think we are up for it. 🙂
I have spent three days at the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) Conference in Seattle, WA, learning about Common Core, assessment and teaching. My favorite session was by Tracy Davis, Using Google Tools to Prepare Students for Online Testing. I got several great ideas that I look forward to trying out!
You can find more information about My WERA 2013 Conference Experience on Storify.
Living here in Hawaii this past year has been a wonderful experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the staff and students at Maryknoll School; teaching in a one-to-one laptop school was an awesome experience!
My husband is retiring from the US Navy and our family has decided to return to the mainland to be closer to family. We are in the process of packing up our household and heading to the Seattle area where I have accepted a position with the Northshore School District as their grade 7-12 Math TOSA. I am looking forward to another adventure and this new opportunity!
I have spent the past two days at Kukulu Kaiaulu 2013 Technology Conference listening to wonderful minds and getting inspired. What a great way to end the school year!
You can find more information about these keynote speakers and my conference experience on Storify.
For their final project, students in my trigonometry class were asked to create a video that demonstrates concepts they learned this trimester. Students
were given handouts of the project guidelines and scoring rubric.
I have used this project several times through the years with my Precalculus and AP Calculus students. Past projects have included “Charlie’s Angles” and a soap opera, “As the World Turns 360 degrees.” This year’s projects include a version of “Mythbusters” where students use trigonometry to test myths: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTkY7bkDBbQ
Student mathcasts created by my trigonometry class this trimester and teacher-created mathcasts can be viewed on my YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/oflynnp1.
A few highlights:
Students in my trigonometry class used Camtasia Studio to create mathcasts of their work.
The first is a movie we uploaded to YouTube. The second is a set of 6 movies we produced with a table of contents using Camtasia and uploaded to our course Moodle. After students created and uploaded their mathcasts, their next task was to present their movie to their parent(s) during a student-led homework conference. Parents viewed the mathcast and completed this evaluation form. Feedback I received from parents was overwhelmingly positive. 🙂
I have been using Socrative this year and love it, but I did wish I had the ability to add pictures/graphs to questions. And now, I can! In the latest update, Socrative introduced two important features to it’s popular web-based (and free!) student response system software:
If you haven’t tried Socrative yet, I highly recommend it! It is free and can be accessed by students with any internet-capable device.
If you happen to be in Hawaii on June 5 — 7 or June 24 – 26 and have some time in your schedule, explore the potential of TI-Nspire technology for implementing the Common Core State Mathematics Content and the Mathematical Practices for Mathematics. You will learn ways for using TI-Npsire handhelds, TI-Nspire Teacher Software, Nspire Navigator as well as the TI-Nspire App for iPads to implement CCSS.
June 5 – 7 Getting Started with TI-Nspire™ in Middle Grades Mathematics and the Common Core ‐ Hosted by and held at King David Kalakaua Middle School
This workshop is designed for educators who are interested in or just beginning to use TI-Nspire™ technology. It will cover the basics to get started with the technology in Middle Grades Mathematics and Pre-Algebra. This will comprise the use of both the handheld and the Teacher Software. TI-Nspire technology will be introduced in the context of the middle school mathematics curriculum. Participants will also explore learning resources such as Activities Exchange and Math Nspired, designed to support further use of TI-Nspire technology and additional activities, along with discussions on the integration of these in their classrooms. At the conclusion of the three days, participants should have a comfort level in the use of premade documents, along with basic skills in the use of graphing and the other applications of TI-Nspire technology. For further information contact Scott Powell, email@example.com, 808-383-0359
June 24‐26‐ Implementing the Common Core Mathematical Practices with TI‐Nspire™ ‐ Hosted by University of Hawaii ‐ Curriculum Research Development Group, held at King David Kalakaua Middle School
This workshop is designed to equip teachers teaching Middle Grades and High School Mathematics to excite and engage students using the Mathematical Practices. This will comprise the use of both the handheld and the Teacher Software. TI-Nspire™ technology will be introduced in the context of middle grades and high school mathematics curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on pedagogy and the implementation of effective and appropriate use of technology in an interactive mathematics classroom, in alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Participants will reflect on what steps are needed to get the students engaged in the mathematical practices through case studies, video and task analysis. For further information contact Judith Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 808-956-3939
Each participant will receive:
• Course Material Package: Instructional Activity Binder
• 1 Nspire CX Handheld ($150 value)
• 1 Single User License of TI‐Nspire CX Teacher Edition Software ($150 value)
To Register , visit: http://education.ti.com/en/us/pd/in-your-area/summer-workshops
Teacher registration cost: $350
Pre‐service Teacher cost: $125
Space is limited to 30 participants per institute.