PLE at Your Fingertips


Hang in there & Thank you!

Hang in there! Only a few days left and you've done a great job this year! Good luck to all students and teachers during this testing season. Kick back and watch your hard work pay off! Click here for your official Last Day countdown!

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I also just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for all the wonderful things you do for the students. Those things--seen and unseen--are making a difference. As this school year comes to a close, I'd also like to thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things related to personalized learning and tablet integration. I know it wasn't always easy, but you know more than you did this time last year and that's always the learn!

In the spirit of learning and growing, please take a few moments to complete this year's PACE survey to provide your feedback. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Thriving in the Home Stretch

Nicholas Provenzano, blogger for and high school English teacher, offers a few suggestions for "Thriving in the Home Stretch":

Here are a few things that you can do to help yourself and your students make it through the homestretch in one piece.

1. Get Outside

One of the best things that you can do is take your class outside whenever possible. There are sure to be days of beautiful weather ahead, and you know that students will be thinking about being outside anyway...

2. "Treat Yo Self!"

I had to take this quote from the TV show Parks and Rec, because the end of the year can be a time when teachers forget to take care of themselves. We tend to be worried about everyone else, which means that we forget to do the little things that make us happy...

3. Reflect

The end of the year is a great time to start thinking about the year overall. Take some time to reflect on what has worked well and what could use a tweak over the summer if it's something you plan to do again next year...

4. Project Time

For me, the end of the year has always been a great time for projects. Kids are itching to get out of their seats and move around. Instead of trying to stifle those feelings, redirect them into fun projects...

5. Connect

The end of the year can be stressful. Grades are due, parents need feedback, evaluations are being completed, and with all of these and so many other things going on, it's important to not face this time alone. Connect with other teachers in your building or from your PLN...

Read the full article here.

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PACE Participation Opportunites (Volunteer)

Looking for ways to be involved in content planning for upcoming school year or serving on a teacher advisory council? PACE has two invitations for you. If you are interested in either, please volunteer using the form linked here.

Plan-A-Thons. In the 2015 Summer, middle school teachers are invited to join together in same-content, same-grade-level groups to collaboratively plan for 2015/16 instruction. C&I specialists and PL Coordinators will be available to support these groups. This is a great way to get an excellent head start on preparing for 2015/16. When groups meet and what they do while they’re together will be determined by the teachers who express interest in participating.

2015/16 Teacher Advisory Council for PACE. PACE is looking for middle school teachers who are willing to provide feedback and guidance to the initiative next year. This would involve periodic meetings after school at Washington St. as well as some degree of virtual collaboration.


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