Going Digital

January 2016

Coming back after a break can always be challenging: waking up to an alarm clock, packing lunches, keeping a strict routine, planning or grading during the nights and weekends, and I'm sure the list goes on and on. However, hopefully you also came back recharged and focused for a great start for the 2016 portion of the school year.

Personalized PD

Prior to joining Pine Grove, my professional developed included lots and lots of classes and degrees. But, I think I've grown more professionally in my three years here at Pine Grove. I've never read so much...5th grade books with Val's students, books for book studies, countless articles found on Twitter, and still an occasional class here and there. I think my learning and knowledge growth stems from choice. Yes, I chose the degrees I wanted, but I had little choice in the courses to obtain the degrees. Now, I grab my PD on the go and when I want.
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Site Visit to Norwood (A Prek-3 School)

Good to Know

Monday, January 11th: TLC present Voices and Choices @ 4 p.m.

Thursday, January 14: Team BCPS Day...wear blue

Friday, January 15th: End of 2nd Quarter

Monday, January 18th: Schools Closed, MLK Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19th: No Students, PD for teachers and staff


K: Thursday, January 28th

1st: Monday, January 25th

2nd: Friday, January 22nd

3rd: Friday, January 15th

4th/5th: Thursday, January 7th

Sites to Bookmark

PBISWorld.com: Intervention resources for students' needs (behavior management)

22 Powerful Closure Activities: Create a lasting impression for a lesson just taught

10 Sites That Teachers Love Right Now: A list of the 10 most popular websites that our [4 O'Clock Faculty] teachers love right now! You may want to use these same websites in your own classroom.

S.T.A.T. Newsletter Archive

  • December 2015: Understanding PARCC scores video, Free professional reads via BCPS One, Digital Content (via Discovery Education)
  • November 2015: Learning Walks and LCE-Instructional Strategies (via Discovery Education)
  • October 2015: PGE Nifty Finds, Learning Walks video (via Smore)
  • May 2015: A Glance into UDL (via Smore)
  • April 2015: FAME and Formative Assessment (via Smore)
  • March 2015: Questioning (continued), Twitter, CPD credits (via Smore)
  • February 2015: Anchor Charts, Course Maps, Reading Wonders (online features), Questioning (via Smore), Diigo