What's New at EMIS

March 2017 Edition

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March's M-Powerment Strategy: M-7: Acquire & Demonstrate Knowledge

Students demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessment tools and instructional strategies to ensure student understanding.


What does this look like in MGSD? Teachers...


  • Use entry and exit tickets to gauge student understanding of lessons
  • Track student participation and response to questions using popsicle sticks, seating charts, or other methods
  • Use "Student Talk" time during PLCs to investigate how well students are learning material
  • Review student work with fellow teachers to ensure grading consistency, identify problem areas, and judge how well students are understanding the concepts
  • Use Interactive Notebooks to help students engage with content
  • Use formative assessments, checks for understanding, and frequent class discussion
  • Provide opportunities for application of content and learning through projects
  • Create and display anchor charts
  • Allow opportunities for other methods to demonstrate knowledge versus simply using tests
  • Provide hands-on learning activities that allow students to manipulative and see cause-effect relationships
  • Incorporate Project-Based Learning such as service learning, genius hour, Gateway projects and inquiry
  • Use assessment choice boards to incorporate different ways to show knowledge
  • Use discussion forums to allow for student discussion and questioning

3rd Quarter Professional Development

Please continue to work on the PD you selected at our early release day in February related to student engagement and motivation.

Need Additional PD Credits?

Share on our EMIS padlet what kinds of things you are doing relating to the M-Powerment Strategies. Remember, participating in the padlet post every month can earn you a PD CEU! Need more information about this- just ask!
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Kid Can't Blow Out Candle

F.A.I.L is an acronym for: First attempts in Learning

Watch the video above! Would you have blown out his candle? How many kids candles have we blown out? What can kids learn from the struggle? How can we use the struggle in our classrooms and for learning?
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Want to get your kids into Coding? Try this site!

Fun Activity for kids... maybe as a structred activity for indoor recess?

Breakout Room Resources

If you're interested in Trying an "Escape Room" or "Breakout Room", these resources will get you started!

NCTIES Presentation with Information on Genius Hour

This is a presentation from NCTIES with good links and handouts!

Cool Tool: ViewPure

Use this site to take out all the "junk" around Youtube Videos!

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