Madison Teacher Academy Weekly

Week of December 14, 2015

This Week's Courses

Google Classroom for Novice UsersCourse Num: 135 (2)

Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperless. With Google Classroom, teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Anthony Cyrana, Grade 5 Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Room 202
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, December 15; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-12-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 3 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cyranaa@madisonpublicschools.org (Anthony Cyrana)


Google Classroom for Novice UsersCourse Num: 138 (2)

Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperless. With Google Classroom, teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks. To help ensure we are planning this workshop to meet your needs please take a minute to complete the survey: http://tinyurl.com/madneeds

Audience: All
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Bob Grundfest, Social Studies Teacher, Madison High School
Location: Madison High School Room C-32
Date(s) & Time(s): Tuesday, December 15; 3:15pm-4:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-15
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 3 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: grundfestr@madisonpublicschools.org (Robert Grundfest)


Danielson Meets GardnerCourse Num: 142 (2)

Who's working harder, you or your students?? When Charlotte Danielson meets Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences become powerful tools to actively engage learner "X" in your classroom. Student engagement is more than turn and talk. In this workshop, learn DYNAMIC strategies and best practices currently used in the classroom to engage students in the learning process.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: John Ciferni, Social Studies Teacher, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Room 214
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, December 16; 3:45-5:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-16
Hours: 1.5
Current Enrollment: 7 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: cifernij@madisonpublicschools.org (John Ciferni)


First Aid ReCertificationCourse Num: 147 (2)

Certification about to Expire? Sign up for the American Red Cross ReCertification Course. The purpose of the American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED program is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives.

Audience: All 6-12 Staff
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Jill Tyburczy, Health & Physical Education Teacher, Madison Junior School & Mary Jane Skordinsky, School Nurse, Madison Junior School
Location: Madison Junior School Gymnasium
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, December 16; 3:15-6:15pm
Start Date: 2015-12-16
Hours: 3
Current Enrollment: 9 Minimum Enrollment: 10 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: tyburczyj@madisonpublicschools.org (Jill Tyburczy)


Google Apps & Extensions for Struggling LearnersCourse Num: 143 (2)

Google Chrome has a library of special tools you can access through the browser called Apps and Extensions that can make your life in the classroom easier. Plus, when you use Chrome, all of the apps, extensions and web history are stored in the cloud, so wherever you login, they are literally at your fingertips. In this workshop, you will learn the differences between Apps and Extensions and how they can be used to meet the needs of struggling learners. Participants will leave this workshop with our favorite Apps and Extensions loaded on their Chrome accounts. In addition, we will focus the majority of the time demonstrating Read&Write for Google, which offers a powerful range of support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research.

Audience: Special Education Teachers
Danielson Component(s):
Presenters: Megan Petersen, Occupational Therapist, Central Avenue School & Kristina Nicosia, Technology Integration Specialist
Location: Central Avenue School Media Center
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, December 17; 3:45pm-4:45pm
Start Date: 2015-12-17
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 9 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: petersenm@madisonpublicschools.org (Megan Petersen)

Next Week's Courses

None

New Courses This Week

The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through MovementCourse Num: 179 (3)



Modeling dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven K – 2 classroom content is a key part of this course. In addition, this course will focus on discovering the connection between movement, the brain and learning. We will discuss and examine implicit learning, class cohesion activities, content – based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks and energizers.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments;
Presenter: Francesca Frosoni, Third Grade Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 226
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 6; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-06
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: frosonif@madisonpublicschools.org (Francesca Frosoni)


Cool Primary WebsitesCourse Num: 182 (3)



We will explore and practice using two primary websites, Little Bird Tales and StoryJumper. During this time you can sign up for an account and set up your class or students. You will have time to use the sites yourself and brainstorm ideas of how to use these free web tools in your classroom. This workshop would be great for in-class support TA's to better help students in the classroom and computer lab.

Audience: Grade 1-3 Teachers and Teacher Assistants
Danielson Component(s):
Presenter: Joanne Walch, Computer Teacher, Central Avenue School
Location: Central Avenue School Computer Lab Room #1
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 13; 3:45-5:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-13
Hours: 2
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 25
Current Instructor Email Account: walchj@madisonpublicschools.org (Joanne Walch)


The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through MovementCourse Num: 180 (3)



Modeling dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven K – 2 classroom content is a key part of this course. In addition, this course will focus on discovering the connection between movement, the brain and learning. We will discuss and examine implicit learning, class cohesion activities, content – based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks and energizers.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments;
Presenter: Francesca Frosoni, Third Grade Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 226
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 20; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-20
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 5 Maximum Enrollment: 15
Current Instructor Email Account: frosonif@madisonpublicschools.org (Francesca Frosoni)




Brain – Based Teaching and LearningCourse Num: 181 (3)



Our brain is a very powerful tool and understanding how it works will us help us, as teachers, better relay information to our students. This course will focus on neuroscience, research on how the brain learns and processes information. We will also be focusing on the functions of the senses, working memory, long – term memory, storage and retrieval and development of self – concept.

Audience: All Staff
Danielson Component(s): 1F: Designing Student Assessments; 3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques; 3D: Using Assessment in Instruction;
Presenter: Francesca Frosoni, Third Grade Teacher, Torey J. Sabatini School
Location: Torey J. Sabatini School Room 226
Date(s) & Time(s): Wednesday, January 27; 3:45-4:45pm
Start Date: 2016-01-27
Hours: 1
Current Enrollment: 0 Minimum Enrollment: 15 Maximum Enrollment: 20
Current Instructor Email Account: frosonif@madisonpublicschools.org (Francesca Frosoni)

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