Goodbye Amplify

January 4-8, 2016

Join the Canvas Revolution

Hello 2016 and goodbye Amplify. The end of 2015 brought us the news that GCS will explore the use of new devices for the 2016-17 school year. Click here to find out more. How does this impact you? It means that many of you will need to learn alternative ways to share resources with students as Playlist Builder will soon be a thing of the past. The answer is Canvas. If you've yet to discover then it's time to reserve 1:1 time with your PLEF to familiarize yourself and students with this wonderful tool. There are several units already created for your content. If not, this is part of what I'm happy to help with. In fact, give me the resources and I'll build your first course for you. This week will find me in the PACE office all day so we can get started. No need to reserve time, just drop by and we can chat.

The second semester will bring Canvas Creation courses with teachers in our priority areas: Coach Math 6, ELA 7, Math I and Science 8. Begin prepping your course materials for an upcoming unit as we will meet soon. GCS is on a mission to provide these teachers with every available resource that will enable our students to grow academically and Canvas is at the top of the heap.

As always, view the PLEF Instructional Coaching Menu to pick from a variety of resources to help you and your students grow. Have a great week.

Bring your charged tablet to every meeting

Monday: Teacher Workday

Tuesday: Guilford

Wednesday: Allen

Thursday: Guilford

Star Wars Friday: WSA

Thank you to the teachers who continue to use the Amplify Classroom Management tools. Remember the value of formative assessment and the ease in which Amplify helps you accomplish this goal throughout a class period. Here is the breakdown from December 14-18.
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Goal Setting

See the linked documents below for some great ways to creatively set goals with your students and be sure to revisit these at the close of each quarter or whenever appropriate! Have a wonderfully prosperous 2016!

  • Reflections and Goals -- This tool asks students to reflect on the previous year and set some goals, for the new year.
  • Goals "Craftivity" (foldable template) -- The hands-on activity has students create a flip book with up to 5 goals outlining the steps to achieve that goal
  • 2016 Goals -- This tool asks students to list personal goals in a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 format.

Just for Fun: Formative Assessment Emojis

Formative assessment gives such valuable information about immediate student needs and informs instruction for the next day/week. Therefore, why make it a chore? Here is a fun way to make formative assessment something students look forward to! I'll be adding a digitized format of this exit ticket to Canvas soon. Be sure to check next week's newsletter for the information on how to find the link in the Canvas Commons.

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Are you using Canvas?

  • Feel free to see me or one of your school's awesome Canvas coaches/power users*...
    • Allen: Jordan, Broderick*, Price*
    • Guilford: Holmes, Shanks, Lail*
    ...or jump in on your own from your NCEd Cloud. Your classes and students are already loaded! What are you waiting for?!

Did I miss your name as a Canvas Power User? Shoot me an email and I'll add you to my list of experts (No need to feel as if you know all there is to know....just a little more than the average Joe ;)
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Tamika M. Davis, MLS MS

Happy New Year! Let's make 2016 the best year to date.