Summer PD Fun

TxDHH Learning Bites 5/21/18


Learning happens anytime we reflect on something we have experienced. That experience could be a formal professional development workshop we have participated in, or it could be a quote we heard or read, a video we watched, or book we read.

The TxDHH Learning Bites addresses a topic relevant to deaf educators by providing resources in various sized bites! Whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes, or you choose to dig much deeper, you will find resources to help make an impact on you and your students.

For more information, check out our Video!

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Why this topic?

Micro-learning is quickly becoming known as a game changer in the eLearning world. So, what exactly is micro-learning? Micro-learning is a way of training and presenting small, very specific objectives to your learners in short bursts.

How will this work?

Below are four different learning opportunities on the weekly topic, each requiring a different level of time commitment and involving different types of materials. Think about how you prefer to learn and how much time you want to commit. Then choose one (or more) of the activities or articles below.

If you prefer a topic other than the weekly topic, we have included Mental Health Musings, Terp Topics, and Learning Tech Bytes for you to consider.

When you complete your PD, follow the directions at the bottom of the Learning Bites Smore to apply for your Continuing Professional Education credits.

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Just a Minute PD

Study the graphic below. What does it mean to you? Think about what it says as you answer the reflection questions below.

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Prefer to Read a Blog?


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Looking for the Research?

Why Is Teacher Development Important? Because Students Deserve the Best!

The National Education Association has a few thoughts on the importance of professional development for teachers. Click HERE to access one NEA article on the subject.

Want to Dig Deeper?

Five Professional Development Books Teachers Should Read this Summer

  • Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, Paul C. Gorski
  • Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts, Stacey Shubitz
  • Whole Novels for the Whole Class: A Student-Centered Approach, Ariel Sacks
  • Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, Nancy Sulla
  • They Say, I Say: The moves that Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
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Mental Health Musings

As you wind down and complete another successful school year, please remember that you and your service to Deaf/hard-of-hearing students are valued and appreciated! Hopefully, your take-aways for the summer will be to take a breath, take a nap, take a vacation, take a stay-cation, take a bath, take a load off, take control, and/or TAKE A BREAK! You deserve it!

For more information about the importance of allowing yourself to take mental health breaks, click HERE. Then, with your favorite beverage of choice, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit and enjoy reading these suggestions.

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Thesaurus Practice: Play

Using the word “play,” click on the Padlet Link and come up with as many variations as possible from your head. No cheating! We know you are all ready for some time off during the summer, so that's why we selected this word! We hope you all enjoy your summer!
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Are you reaping the benefits of being on Twitter?

"What if all teachers tweeted once a day about something they did in their classrooms and took five minutes to read other teachers' tweets? The hashtag is not about communication as much as it is about community."

George Couros

The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

Don't have a Twitter account? Set one up!

Then consider following the following:









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What does this look like in action for me?

For any learning experience, our learning is equal to our effort. In order for us to grow from our learning, we need to take the time to pause and reflect. How does our new learning fit in to what we already know and do?

Each of you reading this has a different role, with different responsibilities. Think about what you learned today through the lens of your particular role, as well as your personal and professional learning needs. This is an important part of the learning process!

Take the time to think about a new idea you learned, a new approach you want to try, or a new skill you have acquired. Consider how to put your new insights, skills, and abilities to work! That's where the real learning happens.

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Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Susie Tiggs, State Lead DHH Services

Anne Darr, ESC Region 11 DHH Services

Twyla Loftin, Texas DHH Services

Danielle Battle, Sensory Impairment Services Birth to Three

Miriam Ackerman, DHH Services Technician