From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

March 14, 2017

Useful links and thoughts for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka.
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TECH TALK - Formative

Formative is a digital tool that allows teachers to look at every student’s work while he or she is doing it. It provides a way for teachers to redirect students quickly and give feedback that is more immediate. The Formative platform lets teachers see the responses of a whole class at one time—even open-response and hand-drawn responses. Teachers create assessments from scratch right in the Formative platform, or upload an existing PDF or Word document and build a quiz from there. Students access the assessments by entering a class code or entering through their Formative class on their own devices. Formative is free for teachers and students.

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You Gave A Formative Assessment: Now What?

edWeb - Cathy Gilmer

Wednesday, March 15, 5:00 PM (EDT)

Advancing Social and Emotional Learning: Ways in Which Schools and Classrooms Can Integrate SEL Into Daily Practice

Collaborative Classroom - Dr. Nich Yoder

Thursday, March 16, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Lessons from Singapore Math: How to Help Students Think, Reason, and Make Sense of Fractions

edWeb - Kathleen Jalalpour

Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Embracing Everyday Diversity (Part 4): The Right Hand Paradigm

CACE - Justin Jones-Fosu

Tuesday, March 21, 11 AM (EST)

Teaching Digital Literacy

edWeb - Michelle Luella

Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 (EDT)

Digital Learning Trends at Private Schools

Seven Star - Jullie Evans

Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 PM (EST)

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FOR PARENTS: The Dangers of Telling a Child You’re Special

In this article, Tim Elmore explores ways to let your child know he/she is special within the context that millions of other children are also special. Special doesn’t mean better or more valuable. Check out his suggestions for letting children know they are special without blinding them to the fact that other kids are special too.

FOR MATH TEACHERS: Math Madness: Digital Tools for Every Concept

Looking for some super cool resources to engage students and assist them with mastering content? Look no further than this collection of Digital Tools for Math to locate exactly what you need to tech up your next lesson or project. With dozens of suggestions in the areas of web tools, apps, formative assessment, QR codes, math glossaries, and recommendations for whom and what to follow on social media, there’s sure to be a tip, trick or tool for any math teacher! There’s also a “Helpful Materials” section that is jam-packed with additional resources—one you won’t want to miss!

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FOR TEACHERS: Movie Making on Chromebooks

Students and teachers of all ages can create movies on a Chromebook using the totally free, BYOD-friendly Spark Video. The possibilities are truly endless as you combine images, text, icons, video and voice to create a movie. On a Chromebook, students and teachers can access Spark Video by heading to spark.adobe.com. Spark Video is available as an app for iPads.

FOR TEACHERS: The Power of NOT Answering Specific Content Questions

What happens when students ask specific content questions and teachers respond by giving them strategies to find the answer rather than answering their question? If students are accustomed to getting immediate answers from teachers it may be frustrating for them but the frustration also motivates them and pushes them to try out different roads to discovery that they did not try before

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: The Seven Habits of Ineffective Leaders

Leadership is hard but it's also important. Vitally important. And it begins with how leaders treat people. It isn't about getting what we want and feeding our egos. Leadership is about raising the self-efficacy of others and collectively working to improve our school community together. Review this list of habits as a reminder of what effective leadership looks like.
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