Feb 15th: Low-Prep, High-Impact Strategies, Materials, & Activities

Times: 12:00 - 2:45:
  • 12:00-2:00 departments will train together;
  • 2:15-2:45 in 9/10 building with Heidi Golemon

Purpose of training: Increasing engagement through easy yet powerful strategies and activities, and using specific strategies to help specific students

Structure of training: Working with departments, differentiate the process of learning based on content. Tracy created Instructional Practices with High Impact.pdf to help connect Feb. 10th training to today's training.

Essential questions:
  • How do you create a classroom climate where all students are open to learning and participating?
  • What teaching tools/materials/strategies/activities to use with which students to differentiate their learning? How will it benefit those students?
  • How could we use these differentiation strategies to create anchor activities or for the "guided practice"?
  • What does this look like/sound like in my classroom?

  • Learning environment/classroom culture: goes back to norms and expectations; strategically use personal stories to “connect” to a topic; what are other ideas for creating a learning environment that supports differentiation?
  • Teaching tools and materials: highlighting tape/Diigo highlighter to focus on and identify relevant text; respond to text with sticky notes (paper and Diigo sticky notes) as a tool to help with content (math prob solving steps, vocab words, or parts of text); what other tools are easy to use with high impact?
  • Tracy created Instructional Practices with High Impact.pdf to help connect Feb. 10th training to today's training.

English: facilitated by Lynne Cook and Elizabeth Francois Room 212

Math: facilitated by Sarah Harrison and Jerry Paterson Room B113
  • Visuals like a “master ruler” that converts standard and metric on one ruler, or Gallon Guy, turning paper sideways to create computation masters to keep numbers aligned; football analogy when helping understand addition and subtraction for positive and negative numbers
  • Review games such as “We have, who has?”
  • Streaming video such as Khan Academy, Futures Channel, ...
  • Interactive sites such as Illuminations applet etc.
  • Taking annotated notes in Diigo (collaborative or individual)
  • Forum/blog/Web 2.0 discussion
  • Math in One-to-One -- how differentiation is key

Science: facilitated by Sandy Rollefstad and Christina Spadafino Room A123
  • Question-Answer Relationships (QAR), Question Stems, Show/Don’t tell, cubing, mind mapping, how to maximize use of streaming from internet and active engagement … Inquiry based learning

Social Studies: facilitated by Ed Matlosz & Candyce Matlosz Tech Center Room 184

Physical Education: facilitated by Rich Milligan
  • Online resources: Blogs, wikis, and other resources
  • Streaming: Finding videos or podcasts to use with your class. Discuss best practices and formative assessments using the videos or podcasts.

Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Drama, Music: facilitated by Penny Brimhall
  • Ecap azcis

CTE: facilitated by Erik Nesheim, Tech Center Room 186
  • Collaboration expectations
  • Blog
  • Let's practice for what we'll be experiencing

Exit Cards (3-2-1)

Closure: Heidi Golemon