A look back, some time to reflect, and a look ahead
Headphones For Computer Lab
Performance Series Testing
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There Is So Much We Can Learn From Each Other
@gosphero robots: We create connected toys - but that's not all. By fusing technology with robotics, our toys are teaching and inspiring tomorrow's inventors and innovators. Programming isn't easy, but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero.
See Jen Olson, Cassie Knutson, Lisa Kunde, Kate Volk to find out how things are going so far.
Plickers: An app that uses QR codes to form a student response system. Great for checking for understanding during or after a lesson.
See Kate Volk, Wendy Nelson, Dave Witeof, Lisa Kunde, or Katie Swendra for more info.
Google Classroom: Classroom lets you communicate with your classes and easily share assignments, materials, and messages.
See Katie Swendra, Tina Stoldt, Wendy Nelson, or Kate Volk for more info
Mindfullness: Helping students become more aware of their emotions and how their body feels when becoming escalated etc....
See Jenny Doimer or Lynne Tolkinen for more info
#GeniusHour: Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.
See Katie Swendra, Lisa Kunde, Kate Volk, Wendy Nelson, or Dave Witeof for more info
Seesaw App: Whether you are 1:1 or just have a single device in your class, Seesaw seamlessly organizes your students’ digital and physical work in one place.
Seesaw empowers students (as young as 5!) to independently create and organize their work in a digital journal, develop their academic voice, and collaborate with classmates.
Seesaw facilitates parent communication with real-time notifications, giving them a glimpse of their child’s day and an opportunity to support learning at home.
See Angie Kath, Jen Colgan, Jen Olson, Cassie Knutson, Lynn Weinzierl for more info.
Pic Collage App: This app allows your to create your own collage of pictures/words/objects etc.....Second graders have been using it a bit this year.
See Margie Wandersee or Anne Ackmann for more info
@GetKahoot: A fun interactive game show experience for students. Great for reviewing skills, checking for understanding, or friendly competition opportunities.
See Tina Stoldt, Kate Volk, Wendy Nelson, Diane Jones or Jan Michalek for more info
Coding: Coding is the ability to read and write a machine language as well as to think computationally. Learning to code can lead to outputs valuable in and of themselves, but the process of learning to code also develops problem-solving skills, (digital) confidence, and helps young people understand the world around them. In many respects, we should encourage kids to code for similar reasons to those we give for encouraging them to play sports and learn an instrument: it's good for their development.
See Jen Olson, Wendy Nelson, or Kate Volk for more info
Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)
Thank you for being such an outstanding staff! Our students are lucky to have your in their lives. To recognize all of the hard work and dedication each of you put into your job, we will be having the following events in your honor next week.
Monday: Donuts in the lounge for breakfast
Tuesday: Tony will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for the staff during lunch. Melissa, Jaime, and Lisa will provide pasta salad, chips, deserts.
Thursday/Friday: Massages from Buffalo Chiropractic will be available. Sign-up sheets will go in the lounge.
There may also be some other miscellaneous celebrations throughout the week. I hope you enjoy it!