Rogers New Tech Roundup

1/27 & 1/28 Site Visit

For your viewing pleasure: This is a brief summary of my visit with y'all on my last site visit. And yes, I totally stole this awesome idea from Teisha.


You have four linear equation and you give your co-teacher two linear inequalities, how many inequalities do you have left? Take a moment to ask students in Mr. Conaway's algebra class what the difference is between equations and inequalities, if you don't remember. They'll be able to tell you!

Where do you go to get Microsoft certified as a high school student? Ms. Lothridge's class, of course. Check in with her to see how students are earning this industry certification as teenagers.

Collaboration is alive and well in Mr. Lagone and Ms. Ford's class! Students were peer editing their essays last Monday before submitting them. Be sure to ask them about the handy organizer students used to provide their partner feedback.

BetterLesson Master Teacher Ms. Leichliter was asking her students the tough questions! Why can't you add x to 4? Ask any one of her students.

How many freshman are analyzing historical texts in Ms. Bazyk and Mr. Burdess' class? All of them! Their students may be four years out from college but they are learning necessary skills already.

Do you know what a 1-minute presentation is? Mr. Morley's kids were completing take-it-till-you-make-it quizzes before they started prepping for theirs. If you don't already know, ask him how they went and how these presentations help track student progress toward their products.

Student Reflection

I had the chance to sit down with a student focus group, and they provided some great reflections on their experiences at RNTHS! Here are a few things they wanted to share:

  • Recent projects have drawn them into deeper learning (GHP global awareness, Geometry floor plan, and PE ailment research were among the projects named.)
  • Consider structuring workshops in small groups with active guidance by facilitator(s)
  • Balance recognition of growth with feedback for improvement

The students I met identified ownership for many areas of growth leading to a senior-level independence, as well as their continual unlearning of habits reinforced by previous traditional settings.

They had many great things to say about their experience first semester, and meeting with them was a fun, positive time!

They gave our focus group this theme: Spice It Up, New Tech!

New Tech Annual Conference

Tuesday, July 8th 2014 at 8am to Friday, July 11th 2014 at 12pm

Hyatt Regency New Orleans, LA