From the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Edition 16 April 29, 2016
Spotlight on Strategies
How many of us have ever struggled to begin student conversation around a particular topic? They say pictures are worth a thousand words. If this is true, why wouldn’t we use images as a springboard to discussion? Whether we are trying to show students that we need the whole picture to make an opinion or we are trying to encourage their minds to begin processing and making connections, images provide a quick and easy way to build a foundation for learning.
The strategy is simple: choose an image relating to your topic of study. Zoom in on one corner of the image so you can only see part of the image. Ask students to predict what they are studying in today's lesson. Zoom out and ask the students if they need to modify their guess. Continue until the entire picture is displayed.
This strategy is a highly engaging way to introduce a topic of study to your students. It helps them to make predictions as well as look at things from a new perspective.
Click here for a pdf version of the strategy or watch the strategy in action below.
Use this Chrome Extension to provide immediate, real-time feedback to students, noting mistakes and giving them a chance to fix them for a better grade.
Kaizen originated as a Japanese business philosophy which works towards continuous improvement and personal efficiency. The extension provides a useful tool that allows teachers to provide specific and deliberate feedback which the students can view on their own shared document.
Here is how it works: after you install the Kaizena extension, the teacher right clicks on the student-shared Google document. They can open the document using Kaizena, and the student work pops up in a new browser tab. Then the teacher can grade the work, highlighting sections that they would like to comment on. Once a section is highlighted, they can choose to leave an audio comment, text comment, or even a hyperlink to an online resource. Imagine grading a student paper and finding an incorrectly cited quotation. Simply insert a link to the Purdue OWL site which explains the correct method, and it’s up to the student to make the correction. When finished grading, the teacher simply clicks “share with student.” When the student opens the document, they can select the comment section and follow the prompts to receive all the feedback the teacher gave them. All information is kept on the Kaizena site, so there is no storage, uploading, bad URLs, or space issues.
Discovery STEM Day
Tour Discovery Communication’s world headquarters and meet the men and women behind the world’s #1 nonfiction media company.
Discovery will broadcast five different live-streamed career spotlights providing your class the chance to learn about the STEM skills needed in a variety of fields. Additionally, classes are encouraged to follow up their viewing experience with our hands-on STEM Challenges.
Each 20-minute live event begins at to top of the hour (10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, and 2 PM ET). All classrooms are welcome to register to stay up to date with changes, updates and announcements.
Suggested Grade Levels: K-12
Visit this site to see the schedule of the day to choose the career spotlight you would like to share with your class. You can also download the hands-on STEM challenge instructions.
Virtual Field Trip - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana
Join Discovery Education May 3rd at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, as they visit ground zero for the latest in robotics, automotive safety and production innovation. Students will get an exclusive look under the hood at the careers offered in a manufacturing plant, and also get a look at the countless measures that go into improving safety and ensuring the quality of Toyota vehicles.
Register for the field trip and download the companion activity here.