CPS Teachers Make A Difference

Week Ending March 18, 2016

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot

Please be at your designated volunteer post at least 15 minutes prior to when the students arrive. Make sure to have a phone number for the parent of each student, so that you have a contact if an emergency should arise or the parent is late to pick up. You will need to stay until all students are picked up.

Everyone needs to have their unit plans for March/April by the end of next week to me. You are to use the guide I had given you during the meeting.
Overview of the problem and subject area - Concept
Students gain deeper understanding of the concept through arts-integration
Teach specific skills related to your goals and objectives
Students apply information through problem-based learning
Students present information

Please note that as of now, we do not have a middle school for next year. My daughter Jocelyn will be making a big effort during the next few months to recruit students for a self-contained 6th grade as she is certified to teach all subjects for this age group. If she is successful with her efforts, she will be the teacher for this grade.

Teacher Meetings With Wendy

Mondays - 10:30 - Jumana Lakdawala
Tuesdays - 10:30 - Tracey Rockett
Tuesdays - 11:30 - Rachel Klein
Wednesdays - 11:30 Nora Teitzman
Thursdays - 11:30 - Joyce Hawkins
Fridays - 9:30 - Tyler Smith

Professional Development Opportunities

Honeywell Green Boot Camp
The Green Boot Camp is an intensive four-day, hands-on interactive educational experience to help educators become familiar with the latest methods of instruction to teach green and sustainable topics, methods, lessons and concepts to middle school students at their respective schools. All expenses paid in San Diego June 19-23, 2016
Deadline to apply is March 20, 2016

Florida Humanities Council is offering several seminars this summer

Five Flags: 450 Years of St. Augustine June 13-17, 2016

Humanities in the Digital Age June 16-18, 2016

Civil Rights: The View from St. Augustine June 20-24, 2016

What Sustains Us? Florida Ecosystems in an Era of Rapid Change June 20-24, 2016

Calusa, Creeks and Crackers: Peoples of Florida June 27-30, 2016

Fluid Futures: Imagining Water in the 21st Century June 27- July 1, 2016

Civil War in Florida: Beyond the Battlefield July 7 - 10, 2016

Florida Water Stories: The Indian River System July 11 - 15, 2016

If selected, housing meals and the program itself is a cost of $100.

You must apply by March 31, 2016 to be considered

Summer Institute: Teaching the Humanities Through Art
Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year. Apply by April 3, 2016.
  • WEEK 1: Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15, 2016
  • WEEK 2: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 2016
Teaching art or teaching to think like an artist? | Cindy Foley | TEDxColumbus

Resource of the Week - Focus on STEAM

STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math is a very viable option to teach math and science. Below are a few resources:
A long list of science activities with directions: http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/alphabetical/a

More activities and lessons: https://steameducation.wordpress.com/tag/lesson-plan/