Teachers Collaborating So We Can All Grow ~ Oct. 23, 2019
HAVE YOU TRIED SCHOOLOGY DISCUSSION BOARDS?
Discussion Between Classes of Other Teachers
1. After you have created your discussion, click on it.
2. At the top you will see "Share ID" followed by a number. Copy that number and send it to the teacher so s/he can share it with his/her students. You have the opportunity to create a password, but it is not necessary.
3. The "receiving teacher" should click on the "All Materials" pulldown (toward the right), and choose "Discussions."
4. The "receiving teacher" should then click on "Options" and choose "Join Shared Discussions." This will open a box for the Discussion ID. No password is needed unless the originating teacher created one.
5. This discussion will now show as an option for your students, and they can join it as they would any discussion.
A few tips and limitations to this system:
- You can not mark a shared discussion as "graded" - so if you're not seeing the share option, check to make sure that grading is not enabled for this discussion
- You must set up the sharing arrangement at the creation of the Discussion assignment - You cannot share discussions after the fact.
- Shared discussions are not available across linked sections. (For example, if you have already linked your Periods 3 and 4 classes on Schoology, this system does not work.)
- To share with a different teacher, your discussion already has to be shared with at least one additional course that you teach. (So if you only wanted to engage the class across the hall, and not another section of your own, you could just share the discussion with one of your other classes but then do not assign them the discussion.) The Share ID does not appear unless the discussion is already shared with another course you administer.
SPOTLIGHT ON STRATEGY ~ EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR LEARNING
Anchor charts are a terrific way to hold key learning components into place for students. In this example, Travis Steine reminds his students of the types of slopes with the visual of "Slope Man," but he gives all the credit for this creative and memorable anchor chart to his former co-teacher, Amanda Gillett. Steine says that it is common that he sees students sketch this image on their work, so this anchor must have really taken hold!
Despite having many opportunities available, many of us continue to hear students claim they did not know how or where to get the extra help they need. Shannon Pass has made getting this information to students a priority by posting this list of opportunities front and center in her classroom. Students have a constant reminder of the many ways they can get extra support, and there is no space for excuses such as, "I didn't know how to get help."
Let students take the driver's seat in the day's activities by chunk-outlining the process. In this example, Maeve Peterson answers the questions of "What do I need? What should I do? Where should I put it? and Then what should I do?" This technique is especially effective for an activity where students are finishing at different times, or where there are multiple steps involved. Side note - this detailed breakdown is also a real gift for a substitute teacher who may not know all the standard processes that occur in your classroom.
UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Screencastify & Screen Cast o' Matic - simple ways to record & edit video
Bring your lunch and your laptop during both lunches on Thur., Oct. 24, at the ALC Office Meeting Room to for an overview of using Screencastify and Screen Cast-o-Matic. Attendance is optional, CEUs will be provided. Sign up on Keep Certified. The Brown Bag Lunch Talks Series is an opportunity for targeted professional development and sharing ideas in a positive, supportive environment.
Cool Little Tools You May Not Know Exist
Attendance is optional, CEUs will be provided. Sign up on Keep Certified. The Brown Bag Lunch Talks Series is an opportunity for targeted professional development and sharing ideas in a positive, supportive environment.
FIND AN INSTRUCTIONAL COACH
WSHS Room 245