What's Good in the Hood
What is this?
Every week (or so), I will be spotlighting teachers and/or departments that have implemented new, interesting, and/or exciting pedagogical tools in the classroom. DSHS is full of amazing teachers, and should be recognized and appreciated for what you do!
Week of August 31-September 4 (2015): Focus on Classroom Organization
Firstly, Marguerite Shaffer (science department) utilizes a twist on a seating chart, where she writes the student's interests and future goals under the student's name and uses that to get to know her students the first week beyond their name and seating assignment (see picture below).
Secondly, Lauren Myrick (math department) has awesome organizational skills that allow students to easily adjust to the flow of her classroom the first week of school. Below you will see pictures of some of her organizational strategies. Click on the pictures to see an explanation!
Too Cool for School (or cool things teachers are doing)
Jerri Ybarra- AP Human Geography- having kids collaborate in creating the topography of their continent based on Earth's physical principles and through-out the year will add nations, states, etc. depending on what they are studying.
Emily Groce- AP Eng 4- students are annotating a poem they chose that pairs with the novel read using the document camera in front of the class. Cool way to see what students are thinking. They also create a visual to accompany the novel and poem.
Jamie Biel wrote:
Kathy Shepherd - PreAP Bio. Topic: Characteristics of life.
She had kids read an article about astrobiology (basically, if extraterrestrial life exists, what would it be like?) and then had the class design an alien life form that embodied all 6 characteristics common to life as we know it. The kids loved it!!
Jamie Biel also wrote:
Kelsey Lee- Google image searched "graph". Found one, put it on the board, and kids write a descriptive story explaining the graph (see the graph below for example). WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM in action!