Differentiation

Today’s lunch discussion centered around Differentiated Instruction and Assessment. The group focused the discussion on ideas to help differentiate lessons for GATE students. Some of the questions centered on equity vs. equality between students. There was a concern that some GATE students might see more challenging work as punitive. While other students might notice not…

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Reading Between the Lines

Today’s topic focused on Reading assignments. The group talked about the best way to use reading assignments and the inherent difficulties of getting all students to do the readings. One question posed to the group was how do you insure that all the students will read the article/chapter/handout for homework with out having to always…

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Online Resources

Thank you for attending today’s Fiesta Friday (on Thursday). Today’s discussion focused on a number of online resources that are being used by colleagues for the purpose of direct student learning, distribution of resources, engagement of student learning, student collaboration and professional development. Adam shared with the group his knowledge and usefulness of iTunes University….

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Time To Share

I would first like to thank everyone for attending today’s Fiesta Friday. In a week that was at best a little chaotic, I appreciate you finding a way to spend your lunch time to share with each other. There were a good number of ideas and suggestions on how to save time that were shared…

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It’s Never To Late or Is It?

Thank you all for taking time out of your busy day and crazy week to come and share with each other your ideas on how to deal with Late Work. It was interesting to see all the different approaches and reasonings of how we deal with work turned in past the due date. Some of…

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Fiesta Friday

Thank you all for taking time out of your busy day to come and share what you do at the beginning and end of your classes. There were a lot of good ideas that were presented. Some of us have a set game plan for every block while others do certain activities depending on the…

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Heroes and Villains: The Quest for Civic Virtue

Today I attended a workshop hosted by the Bill of Rights Institution. The topic of the workshop was Heroes and Villains: The Quest for Civic Virtue.  Although the workshop was centered on Social Studies classes the content of the workshop could easily be incorporated into Language Arts classes. The material could also be used to create…

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Today’s meeting will focus on the the first and last eight minutes of class. Click here to download article. The 8 Minutes That Matter Most January 5, 2015 Source: http://www.edutopia.org I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process. I’ve found the advice handy for lesson planning, too….

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Great Way to End the Week!

Thank you all who were able to attend today’s luncheon.  It was great to hear everyone’s stories about how they became a teacher. I found it really interesting to see how diverse our experiences are,  while at the same time realizing how much we all seem to have in common. As I was sitting around…

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Let the Party Begin!

If you were not able to make today’s lunch Fiesta you missed out on some good conversations. Those in attendance shared with each other how they came to the field of education. Although, our journeys were all different there were many similarities. It was discovered that Jon Pyle and myself both were bitten by the…

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