New PD Opportunity – Student Genius Hour

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Opportunity is a series of courses for differentiated professional development, providing information and resources for teachers to learn at their own pace and focus on the digital curriculum tools most applicable to them. Anyone is welcome to use these courses to grow professionally, but PGP certificates and badges are only available to the staff of Southwest Parke Community Schools.

2014-2015 First Day Video

I’m finally getting around to posting the first day video I made for this school year (yes… I know we’ve already been in session for 7 weeks!)  My hope was that this video would encourage teachers as they head into the new year – showing all the things we’ve accomplished over the last couple of years and giving them a glimpse at how professional development will evolve this year.  Most importantly, the video features our teachers and the students that make it all worthwhile, but you’ll also see glimpses of many of the digital tools we use including:  My Big Campus, ALEKS, IXL, Achieve 3000, BrainPop, BYOC, Symbaloo, VoiceThread, Class DoJo, Skype, and JoinMe.

“I Hate Math”

Ever hear these words coming from your students?  Many develop a dislike for math through the years that has a negative, circular effect on their learning.  They don’t like math, and math doesn’t like them.  Although they may actually have good mathematical reasoning and computation skills, they may never experience success because of this barrier.

Stanford University has developed a course that helps change this – “How to Learn Math”.  It is an online course for k-12 teachers and parents to help them know how to improve student engagement with math.  The course began July 15, but will likely be offered again given the 20,000 people who have already enrolled.   During the 2012-2013 school year, Stanford will offer a student version of this course as well.

Follow the link below for more information.  There are some other great articles on this site that you may find helpful!

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