PLE Zen Den

January 11-15, 2016

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PLEF Playhouse

The word of 2016 is Canvas. All of the tools you use for Playlist Builder this year will have to be converted over to Canvas so get ready for me to go into bill collector mode as we work diligently to get you ready. The winter months are the perfect time to practice and play in Canvas as we have multiple workdays and impending snow days. PLEASE see me to get a Canvas 101 or send me your resources so I can build your next unit.

As we prep for new devices all PLEFs are moving into Canvas overdrive: creating units, attending PDs and helping teachers in classrooms use the resource. This week I will focus on Science 8. Everyone else, contact me directly for appointments. I look forward to working with all of you.

As always, view the PLEF Instructional Coaching Menu to pick from a variety of resources to help you and your students grow. Have a great week.

Bring your charged tablet to every meeting

Monday: Guilford

Tuesday: Allen AM/Guilford PM for PACE Meeting

Wednesday: Allen AM/WSA PM for Canvas workshop

Thursday: Laughlin for PD

Friday: WSA

Thank you to the teachers who continue to use the Amplify Classroom Management tools. Remember the value of formative assessment and the ease in which Amplify helps you accomplish this goal throughout a class period. Here is the breakdown from January 4-8
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Great Teaching and Learning Spotlight

Great teaching and learning is occurring in every classroom in your building. Your peers are your greatest resource. Visit their classroom during planning to keep your ideas fresh. If you have something you'd like to share, email it to me and I'll feature it in my weekly updates.

Ms. Hough (Allen ELA) flipped her class this week. Please contact her if you want to try helping your students grow using this route.

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Timely Teaching Strategy #keeppounding

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Need to Knows

  • Duke Women's Basketball is offering teachers a great deal for great basketball. Attend the January 24 game against UNC and/or the February 1 game against Notre Dame. General Admission tickets will be just $5 and can be purchased using the links below.



  • Remember the Emoji Exit Ticket from last week? Great news - the Canvas version is live and online. Search 'Emoji Exit Ticket' in the Commons to begin using this tool.

  • Thank you to the teachers who agreed to be on the PACE Teacher Leader Advisory team. These teachers (below) will have a say in the new device we will implement next school year.

Tamika M. Davis, MLS MS

Join the Canvas revolution!