March 2016 Edition
Quote of the month - "I teach the future, how am I updating my skills and my lessons for my students?" Alice Keeler
Using our mission statement to motivate students to learn.
An excerpt from the full article linked below:
Students with a purposeful-learning attitude (who agreed with socially oriented statements like “I want to become an educated citizen that can contribute to society”) scored higher on measures of grit and self-control than classmates who only reported self-oriented motives for learning such as wanting to get a good job or earn more money. The purposeful learners were also less likely to succumb to the digital distractions, answering more math problems on the diligence task — and they were more likely to be enrolled in college, the researchers found.
Since that time Betsy found one to use in history, "Coding the War," Sawyer wrote his own for Bible class, and Chasidy and I have collaborated on one for for AP language class. If you are interested in writing your own, here are a few tips:
1. Start with standards and have the end in mind. You can hit almost every ISTE standard.
2. Why do they need to break in? Give them a real world purpose!
3. Find interesting articles/videos leading to the end result. Make them read/watch/listen for understanding.
4. Create a series of clues. Make them challenging. "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass. Remember you can always guide them with clues. QR codes are your friend. They are great for guiding or as a distraction.
5. Our small black box has a 3 number lock. The letter lock only can spell a limited number of words. You can use 4 number locks, keyed locks, and the speed lock (directional.)
6. Set up a special gmail account that sends an automated response. Use the vacation responder.
7. It is OK to include things that cause them to explore off subject. It gets them talking and thinking!
8. Invisible ink and the black light is fun.
9. Collaborate with another teacher!!! Let me know if you can think of other supplies that would be helpful to support this activity.
10. Write it and leave it 2 or more days, then come back and improve it.
Reserve the boxes with me!
Those of you who missed our Breakout PD on the inservice day may want to check out this link! (Disregard mentions of the other school.)
Breakout - Create Your Own and Submit to Breakout EDU
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Sign into Breakout Edu
- First Game Submitted: Breakout EDU T-Shirt
- Second Game Submitted: Small Breakout EDU Box with two new locks for your kit
- Third Game Submitted: A full Breakout EDU kit with different locks to help you design future games.
For the Foodies!
TAIS Tech Conference
Monday, April 25, 2016
$$$ - Registration is due to open any day.
Hopefully we will have some of our own faculty presenting at both of these conferences.