Community Learning Network 6

Spotlight on Math and Science - April 2016

Preparing for PARCC

We have about seven instructional days before students begin the end of year testing.


How are you preparing students for PARCC?


Here are some suggestions from around CLN 7...

Use Plickers to get immediate feedback!

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Here's what some teachers are doing...



  1. Gather all the multiple choice test items from the PARCC released tests and add them to the Plickers library.
  2. Set up classes in Plickers.
  3. Print out the Plickers card set.
  4. Project a problem and get the results using your smart phone.
  5. Use this data to form targeted small group instruction.


CLICK HERE for more information!

Use Front Row as a tool for targeted, adaptive practice!

Front Row is a FREE standards-aligned technology for K-8 classrooms.


  1. Students can take a diagnostic to identify what they excel in and what they would benefit most from practicing.
  2. Students then have practice sessions where the questions update in real-time, providing each student with unique practice.
  3. The teacher dashboard has rich data on student performance, detailed session data for each student, and student grouping by skill level.


CLICK HERE to sign up for FREE

MATH MESSAGES

Celebrate Spring & Earth Day with these math resources!

SY 2015-2016 Math Pacing Snapshot

All Unit & Topic assessments should be administered on the last date in each Unit or Topic window.

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SCIENCE SCOOP

Summer Research Experiences for Teachers

Are you interested in brushing up on your lab skills? Would you like to spend your summer working alongside scientists? Click here for more information and to apply for a summer research experience. Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

DUE APRIL 8, 2016 - Next Generation Science Standards

Maryland has adopted the new NGSS and will officially begin implementing them in the 2017-2018 school year. Join us this summer to explore NGSS and learn more about incorporating three-dimensional teaching and learning in your classroom.

  • Teachers of Grades 3-5: Insects in the Classroom: Engaging your students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices through Entomology. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due April 8.


Secondary Science Teachers: NGSS in Your Classroom: Engaging your students in the Science and Engineering Practices. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due April 8.

Other PD Opportunities!

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THE DIGITAL HARBOR FOUNDATION (DHF) HAS FINALIZED ITS SPRING AND SUMMER EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE!

DHF’s Maker Workshops for Educators are designed to introduce educators to emerging technologies so that they can help their students to be creators, and not just consumers. The knowledge gained in the workshops can be applied to a variety of age groups and across content areas from math and science, to English and technology. Teach storytelling and entry level coding after Interactive Games for Educators, learn how to collect and analyze date about the surrounding world using simple electronics and networks in Internet of Things (IoT) for Educators, or help your students visualize and start making in three dimensions (and bring home a 3D printer for your school) in 3D Printing for Educators*. Prepare your students for a creative, technical world, and have fun learning how to do it! Workshops generally take place Friday evening and Saturday during the school year and are held mid-week during the summer. To view workshop details, dates and registration, please CLICK HERE!


*This workshop, along with our Making for Educators is approved for MSDE CPD credit.

MSDE SUMMER ONLINE COURSES

Summer online courses are now open for registration! Registration will run until May 25th. Please share the attached catalog with your contacts.


To register: https://msde.gosignmeup.com

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!