It's a Personal Thing...

Learning Gets Personal at RTMS - February 1, 2016

Teaching is a work of heart!

As we approach Valentines Day, it is hard to escape all the commercial reminders that love is in the air. Sparkly red and pink hearts, boxes of chocolates, and sweet sayings surround us everywhere we go. While many view Valentine's day as a "Hallmark Holiday," I think it is a great time for us to reflect on what we love and are passionate about, both personally and professionally. What lights you up about teaching? For me, personalized learning is an opportunity to help kids learn to their fullest potential and to be their best. That is what I love about teaching, so I'm really excited about this journey we are on together.

As I've been in classrooms seeing you play with our instructional models for Personalized Learning, I've had the opportunity to talk to the kids about their experiences. I'm hearing wonderful feedback from our students about the things you are trying out. Students especially like having the opportunity for choice and voice in their learning. They like being able to choose how they will learn something and know that you are there to catch them if they need extra help. They like being able to be creative and choose how they will demonstrate what they have learned. What you are doing with students to personalize learning is making a difference and helping your students to feel empowered about their education! In my opinion, that is something to celebrate and help drive your passion!

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Reflection RTMS

Resources for Student Reflection

Click here to see the Sway presentation about student reflection presented by Natasha Sutherland and Gina Ceely on our January 4th Teacher Workday.

It's all about the GREEN...

As you watched the video with Natasha and Gina, you might have wondered where that chalkboard is that Natasha is standing in front of... The truth is, this video was filmed in the WWPK studio using green screen technology, which allows you to film in front of a green screen and replace the color green with any image you'd like. With a little imagination, green screen can allow your students to do amazing things like present a report from anywhere in the world, or become a storybook character. If you'd like to learn more about how to use the green screens available at RTMS, see Ms. Van Looy.

Tech Tuesday - OneNote Class Notebook

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 9am-2:30pm

RTMS Media Center

Did you know that students will soon have access to their own Office 365 accounts through Fulton County Schools? Come learn how to leverage the power of OneNote to help you collaborate with your students. Ever thought about going paperless? Now is the time to jump in and give it a try. OneNote Class Notebook is an awesome tool to help you manage your students' class assignments and provide your students with timely feedback! Come check it out on February 9th at 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. in the RTMS Media Center.
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PBL Corner - Spreading the word about innovative PBLs happening in our school!

6th grade Math - a "BOO"-rito PBL!

Here's a fab-boo-lous example of what the 6th grade math students questioned and solved for their project-based learning unit in October. -- Thank you to the department for sharing your experience!

"It involved our local Chipotle. We challenged our students to determine if the company would still make a profit during their “Boorito” charitable funds promotion.

We provided the students with facts throughout the project that they utilized to determine how much money Chipotle might raise. As part of our project, we encouraged our students to dress up on Halloween and wear one “unnecessary” item to emphasize the fact that Chipotle does not use any unnecessary items in their food.

Unfortunately this was around the same time that Chipotle’s around the nation started having problems with E-coli."

Be sure to check out next month's PBL corner!