Sesame Assessment Platform
A DCSD Community
Teachers, we realize that the Unified Classroom is new and there have been some issues. To try and help you all we have set up a community where we can all help each other. Please join us at DCSD Unified Classroom, we need your help to improve our experience with this new tool.
Closing the feedback loop
I know this is a business speech, but I found that his information has relevance to us. In a sense we are all manager/bosses in our classrooms. I like the story about the manager who asked his employees how they felt about their work environment, and used that information to improve his company. That he saw his employees as real people, who could learn, and take responsibility for themselves. I also like that he asked how he as a manager could improve? Have we had the courage to ask our students how we are doing, and what we can do to improve?
(The feedback we Never want)
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Sim City for iPads is a free app that teachers could use to allow students to create their own city. Tom introduced me to this game, and I have been hooked on it since then.
In this game, you are the mayor of your city. You have city resources to manage and try to build. You have to make sure that your citizens have their needs met, like sewer, fire department, and electricity. Taxes are collected which gives you money to build your city. Which means you need to make sure your citizens are happy, and people are moving into your city.
I could see this being a fun way to help students learn about citizenship in a community, managing resources, you could also discuss current issues. Such as coal power plants or green energy. Overall I think this could be a fun way to teach several social studies standards either as a class or individually.
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What a Great Kid.
I don't know how much of this kids speech he wrote, or who helped him. Despite that, you can tell that this young man felt passionate about his third-grade experience. I also don't feel that that teaching style is for everyone. What I do like about this video is the passion this young man had for learning and his teacher that inspired it in him. I think that we all would agree that is the thing we want for our students. We want them to enjoy our classes and we hope that we can make a difference in their lives.
Is Your Class A Place Where Kids Can Fail?
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At one time I refused to allow my students to retake a test because it took too much effort to grade tests a second time. I was wrong we need to give our students the understanding that failing is normal, and can lead to success. As you watch this video, I invite you to think about how you can be that voice of confidence to your students.
Unified Classroom Training Material
Google Certified Educatior Level 1
Tips for Great Group work in the Classroom
Dealing with Digital Distractions in the Classroom
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class activities. It spans all grade levels from toddler to 12th grade and lesson plans are
well organized by subject and grade level.
This website is an amazing source for teachers of any grade to be able to use when it
comes to figuring out their lesson plans. Teachers can use this site to search/find lesson
plans that another teacher has posted, share lesson plans of their own, etc. They can
search for any lesson plan by grade, subject, topic, standards, etc. Teachers could also use
this website to look for resources by grade, subject, and topic.
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Checkmark by EdTech Team--A great way to give students Feedback!
Powerschool New Logins
Teachers, we are excited to announce to you some new things are coming to PowerSchool. One of those new things is that the district is no longer hosting PowerSchool. That is why last week you could not access PowerSchool Thursday and Friday. Lynn and Randall were working with PowerSchool to move our data to their servers. Now, this does mean that our web address had to change, it is now https://dcsd.powerschool.com/teachers. We are excited about this change because it will offer us some more features and greater capability to provide for your needs. Please take the time and change any bookmarks.
Powerschool LMS for Secondary Teachers
Doing all that we can
My son, James, put it best to me, he said that at school they are told the mission statement of the school is to help students reach their highest potential and become lifelong learners. However, teachers repeatedly won't work with them to help them improve their grades.
They won't let them retake tests or makeup assignments they do poorly on.
To me, this was a very troubling statement. Now, he also said that it wasn't all teachers and that most teachers were great. If you know my son James he doesn't ever criticize anyone. So, for him to feel this way it was very surprising. I asked my other kids and they felt similar, that teachers were not always willing to help them improve.
With all of this being said I was a teacher, and I struggled to get my grading done and in the grade book on time. I didn't always do the best that I could to help students, and there are probably a lot of kids that share a similar feeling of my son about me. So, please don't take me as an expert, or that I know anything more than you. I just want to share some information with you.
First, standards-based grading/mastery grading, focusing on what is important, and not worrying about points makes sense to me. We need to help our students realize what they are learning and how it is important to them. I think that we all hate to hear a student say they are stupid because they didn't get an A. Grades don't show intelligence or ability. Currently, they focus more on the number of points a student has received. I even remember sitting at parent-teacher conference and only focusing on assignment and tests a student needed to make-up to get their grade up. That wasn't the conversation that needed to be had, but it was all I knew to do at the time.
I look at standards-based grading/mastery grading now as tools that we as teachers can use to make our lives easier and help us have the real conversations we need to have with our students.
Second, technology has improved and the district will be rolling out another tool here soon to help teachers communicate with students and parents. It is a learning management system through PowerSchool. We are excited for the capabilities that it will bring to the classroom.
However, all of these items our administration is giving us to use are just tools, in your teacher toolbox. How well they work depends on us as a school district. We need to come together and do whatever it takes to make our schools successful.
20 Ideas to Promote More Creativity in your Classroom
1. Make room for visual reflection
2. Integrate more hands-on learning
3. Keep your classroom layout flexible
4. Introduce unconventional learning materials
5. Encourage discussion
6. Replace hierarchy with collaborative learning spaces.
7. Encourage more color
8. Don't limit assignments to one format
9. Incorporate humor into your classroom
10. Create boards to recognize achievement
11. Film a classroom video diary
12. Visualize goals with timelines
13. Pin up Motivational posters
14. Team building exercises
15. Use design thinking
16. Use creative tech to enhance your teaching
17. Explore different cultures
18 . Pair struggling learners with those that excel
19. Challenge advanced students with extension projects
20 . Celebrate wins with ceremonies