This Week in Team

Week of January 4

Monday, January 4

Team Does NOT Meet

We can all use a day to get back into the swing of things, right?

Tuesday, January 5

Questions to Guide Planning

  • What should ALL learners know, understand, and/or be able to do as a result of this lesson? WHY should they know, understand, or be able to do this?
  • What is enduring knowledge for all? What are the "have to knows" of this lesson? WHY do they need to know this?
  • What do learners need to know to accomplish this objective? What background knowledge do you need to access or provide?
  • What is your vision of success? What are learners doing if/when they learn this? What does successful reaching of the objective look like and sound like?
  • What are the best vehicles for learners to attain the objective and practice the concepts/skills? What provisions have you planned for learners with special needs? (Direct instruction? Guided practice? Team learning? Individual task?) What opportunities for enrichment will you provide for advanced learners? These should be meaningful, engaging, and help learners to cement understandings!
  • How will learners be assessed? How will they know and you know that they have learned - throughout the lesson and after you have taught the concept/skill? This is evidence of learning!
  • How will assessment results guide future instruction? How will you use what you know of learner performance to plan the next lesson?

Wednesday, January 6

Unit 4 Planning

Thursday, January 7

Department Meeting

7:40am or 4:00pm in C223

UbD PL in Library Classroom

During Team Time, we will attend campus UbD training (specific focus: Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions).

Friday, January 8

Happy Friday!

Tech Tip of the Week - Vocaroo

This week’s tips features a cool online voice recording service that is super easy to use (and it doesn’t require a login or password.) After you’ve recorded your voice, you can email the audio file to someone, embed it into your blog, wiki, or webpage, or save it to your hard drive.

Recording Your Voice:

  1. Go to
  2. Make sure you have a microphone (either a built-in microphone or a plug-in microphone should work.)
  3. Click the “Click to Record” button.
  4. Click to “Allow” Vocaroo to access your microphone.
  5. The recording will start immediately. Note – sometimes it doesn’t record the first time I try. I have the best luck if I stop the recording and then click the “Record Again” button.
  6. Click the Listen button to hear the recording.

Sharing/Saving the Recording:

Once the sound is recorded, you will have three options. To see them, click the “Click here to save” link below the recorder.

  1. Send to a friend – just enter your email and your friend’s email and click the “Send” button.
  2. Post on the Internet – just copy the provided code or link and paste it into your blog, wiki, or website.
  3. Note – if you are using Blogger, just paste the code in to the message area of a new post. Make sure you switch to the HTML mode first!
  4. Download – right-click the “Download this Message” link and save the file to your hard drive as a .wav file.

Classroom Applications:

Here are a few ideas to get you started. Please use the comments area at the bottom of this page to add your own ideas.

  • Record an audio welcome message and put it on your blog (or wiki or web page.)
  • Elementary students can practice their oral reading skills. You could even post them on your blog for parents and grandparents to hear.
  • Each day have one student record “what we did in school today” and post it on your blog.
  • Students in a foreign language class could record words or phrases and then email them to their teacher.
  • Left your students with a substitute? Record a message to encourage your students to be on their best behavior!

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