Sunday, August 25, 2013

Getting My Feet Wet

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new job. Even though there is still some juggling going on as to what I will be doing exactly the things I have been doing have been rewarding...
The district that I work embarked on a journey about three years ago of using Title 1 funds to streamline instructional facilitators/coaches/ and specialist into one cohesive entity. We were then called Staff Development Teachers. Schools were divided into categories of need...This year Title 1 cut their budget by 10% so some schools became non-designated. At this time there are 21 non-designated schools and there have been 5.5 Staff Development teachers assigned to assist these schools of which I am one. Our job will be to define and refine the job of the staff development teacher while meeting the needs of these schools.  

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Fab Five

The Fab Five 8/3/13

Cheryl's Classroom Tips Cheryl has an awesome blog. I have been privileged to attend several of her presentations at the SDE Differentiated Instruction Conference.

ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators

Through MasteryConnect’s patent-pending MasteryTracker, teachers can effectively assess core standards, monitor student performance, and report student mastery to parents and administrators. Common Core Standards is an app by Mastery Connect.

Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential.

 Doug Lemov's highly influential first book, Teach Like a Champion, is based on his study of top teachers in high-poverty public schools.


patricia whitfield madison

Its a New Dawn...It's a New Day Update...

I received the phone call yesterday, I will be the lead staff development teacher for my IDL pattern, which includes my current school. I am off to a new adventure in education...
As I am hoping to chronicle these adventures on this blog I am thinking of changing the name to Being a Teacher Leader...or something along those lines...we'll see...
One thing I will be adding is the Weekly Five...The Weekly Five will compile the five best ideas or strategies that I come across (in my opinion) for the week. That could be a book, a speaker, or an app.
Looking forward to this school year...
patricia whitfield madison