Professional Development Newsletter
Classics for the Pandemic-Gerry Brooks
Virtual Learning Tools Folder
We are constantly adding and updating resources in the Virtual Learning Tools Folder in the AMI-X Plans 2020-2021 Shared Drive. Make sure you check this often!
If you find a resource that you feel would benefit other teachers, please let Ms. Greiner or Ms. Ward know and we will check it out!
Election 2020 Media Challenge
The Election 2020 media challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs. Empower your middle and high school students to get engaged with local and national issues and have their opinions heard.
Choice board of supporting classroom resources for the youth media challenge
Submitted by: Mandy Adey
Using Video in the Hybrid/Virtual Setting
1. Video teaching meets the majority of learners' needs.
As teachers, we know there are 3 types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Visual learners make up 65% of the population while auditory learners make up 30%. By using video, teachers are able to reach 95% of learners because of the combination of auditory and visual aspects!
2. Video is highly engaging.
When teachers combine the use of visual and audio, they create a very appealing and engaging format for their students. Think about it. What platforms do students use on a daily basis? Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat. All of these platforms have both visual and audio components.
3.Video improves learning retention.
When someone views a video, they retain 95% of a message versus 10% when reading in a text. The reason for this extreme difference is video makes things that are complex simple. It is a lot easier to explain complicated things through a video with a demonstration than understanding the concept in an abstract way through the written form.
4. Video is more flexible and accessible to students.
Students are able to view a lesson in "chunks" in video instead of sit through an entire class period. They can review the video multiple times to understand the concept. Video allows students to learn at their own pace (via pressing play, pause, rewind, etc.) without feeling like they are interrupting the lesson or holding up the class in the traditional setting.
We know in this crazy and new time in education that video is something we are needing to provide to our students. Video is a great way to help bring our lessons to students, regardless of if they are in the traditional setting, hybrid setting, or fully virtual. They will need our best support and help in order to be successful!
Professional Development Committee Information
The PD Committee Meets on the Last Tuesday of Each Month at 3:30pm in the MS/HS Library. If you need any Professional Development Support, please contact one of the committee members below.
Professional Development Committee Members:
Maygen Ward-Chair & District Instructional Coach
Amanda Munson-Administrative Liaison
Stephanie Greiner-District Curriculum Director
Linda Buchanan-Elementary Instructional Coach
Mandy Adey-middle school
Shelly Mutzebaugh-middle school
Kary Harrah-high school
Matt Peterson-high school
Wytney Steelman-vocational building
Technology Tools for Student Collaboration
Kids love to see their work on the board. Give them the chance to shine! Use this as an exit ticket in your class, or for a quick check for understanding, and bonus..it’s FUN and FREE!!
Parlay offers two types of student discussion forums: 1) completely online, like a group academic text discussion and 2) live conversations. Both versions give teachers useful data on how much a student contributed to the conversation and what type of contributions they made.
Submitted by: Mandy Adey