From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

April 25, 2017

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

The Smithsonian Learning Lab brings the beauty, scholarship, and depth of over 1 million museum artifacts into your classroom. Its main features are searching and curating the resources for classroom use. Users can search for resources including images, videos, texts, audio recordings, and learning activities. Searches can be refined to include specific types of resources and museum locations. Once useful artifacts are identified, users can add these to their own collections and annotate the items. The website is free and appropriate for students in grades 4-12.

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Leadership is Delicious Ambiguity

CSI - Darren Hudgins

Wednesday, April 26, 1:30 PM (EDT)

How Can Digital Badges and Portfolios Show Proficiency?

Richer Picture - Dr. David Niguidula

Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Early Number Concepts: Turning Misconceptions into Meaning

edWeb - Jessica Bobo

Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 PM (EDT)

Cutting Through the Confusion of Individualized Learning

edWeb - Gene Kerns

Thursday, April 27, 3:00 PM (EDT)

Structuring the Learning Environment to Promote Positive Behaviors

edWeb - Dr. Paul G. Young

Thursday, April 27, 2:00 PM (EDT)

Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today

edWeb - Richard Gerver and Cheri Sterman

Monday, May 1, 4:00 PM (EDT)

How Schools Improve My Engaging Families

Education Week - Karen Mapp

Tuesday, May 2, 2:00 PM (EDT)

Best Ways to Use Google Apps in Your Classroom (online conference with 6 webinars)

Simplek12 - FOR TEACHERS by TEACHERS: Matt Bergman, Deb Norton, Monica Burns, Meredith Martin, Naomi Harm and Nikki Robertson

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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FOR TEACHERS: To Boost Higher Order Thinking: Try Curation

Here’s an idea for a classroom project you may not have tried before: a curation assignment. Have students gather up a collection of resources with a central theme in mind, then explain their thinking. It's the kind of work that taps into higher-order thinking without being as time-consuming as some other projects. This might be just the right time of year to try something like this. Check here for details.

FOR PARENTS: 10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Toddler

Family life can be busy and at times hectic.Practicing these 10 life lessons add to the joy of parenting while providing a great model for children who learn far more from what they observe than from what they are told.

FOR TEACHERS: 20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day

The ultimate goal of teaching is understanding. But sometimes it’s easier for teachers to talk than to teach, especially when there is a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time. Teachers then assume students understand without checking for understanding. This article lists 20 simple assessment strategies and tips to help teachers check students’ understanding and adjust their teaching accordingly.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Six Ways to Foster Leadership in Your Team

A leader's daily job is to motivate employees and inspire them to develop their own leadership qualities, writes Joel Garfinkle. In this article he outlines six types of actions leaders can take, including helping team members establish relationships to get the resources they need, mentoring promising talent and advocating for the team throughout the organization.
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Center for Christian Urban Educators

The Center for Christian Urban Educators seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Christian educators as they impact the lives of the children entrusted to their educational care.