BCISD Curriculum Connection

October 2019 Edition

Free Resources and Professional Development Curated By T.E.A.

If it's been a while since you last visited TEA's Texas Gateway, consider checking it out again. Over time, the state has added lesson plan starters, reproducible activities, and professional development courses. Language Arts teachers can also read the TEA's rationale and description of the new ELAR and SLAR TEKS.

What is Your Plan to Vote?

Be informed about the upcoming election. Click HERE to visit the webpage detailing the financials and projects included in the 2019 bond proposal.
Early voting began October 21st, and continues through November 1st.

Maximize Your Test-Writing Investment

Many of you dedicate valuable time working to create quality unit tests, or collaborating with us to refine a district Curriculum-Based Assessment. Maximize that investment with effective test debriefing! The Instructional Strategies Playlist by Lead4Ward includes 10 templates for "Learning From Mistakes" that are free, printable, and ready-to-go. These activities will create memorable post-test review that get students involved in deeper thinking to learn from their errors rather than just marking what the correct answer should have been.
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GRAMMY Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award

As Publicized by TEA:

The Jane Ortner Education Award celebrates K-12 teachers who integrate music into English language arts, social studies, math, science, and foreign language instruction. The program also offers free professional development webinars, workshops in Los Angeles and across the country, and an online library of music-integrated lessons.

Elementary, middle, and high school educators who teach English language arts, social studies, science, math, or a foreign language are encouraged to apply for the award. To apply, complete the free online application at https://www.grammymuseum.org/education/janeortnereducationaward and submit an original unit of lessons for elementary, middle, or high school students that incorporates music. The 2019 award recipient will receive a $3,000 honorarium; a $1,000 grant awarded to their school; two tickets to the 62nd GRAMMY Awards® on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, including travel and accommodations; and recognition at a special GRAMMY Museum® event in Los Angeles.

Application deadline is December 4, 2019.

What Could You Do With Drag-and-Drop Activities in Google Slides?

Click here for the written tutorial from Shake Up Learning, or view the video below to create your own activities.

Her ideas include:
  • Label a number line or timeline with a word bank
  • Use a graphic organizer to analyze and organize information
  • Practice counting by moving objects
  • Label the parts of a flower or body system
  • Creative writing with a limited word bank
  • Manipulate shapes and graphs in math
How to Create Drag and Drop Activities with Google Slides

ICE funds are still available

If you haven't spent your $50 Instructional Classroom Enhancement (ICE) funds, they are still available to you. Your campus secretary can assist you with questions.

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