Summer Institute 2018: Student Inquiry in the Secondary Classroom (June 6-8)

I’m happy to announce this year’s Summer Institute – Student Inquiry in the Secondary Classroom (June 6-8).

You may notice we are scheduled for directly after this year’s Tech Camp, which is focusing on student agency. That’s on purpose.

We’ll be examining your current standbys, things you’d like to build, and units you’d like to refresh for how we can build toward learning driven by student inquiry.

Also, I’ll be facilitating this year along with Diana Laufenberg who led professional learning for district principals during 2017’s Tech Camp.

So, come join us. June 6-8. Just like last year, this class is open and relevant to any 6-12 teacher and will be about building resources for your classrooms relevant to latest research and practices. You can find the course here – http://www.solutionwhere.com/stvrainopd/cw/showcourse.asp?3706

As a taste of why this is important, check out this wonderful read on “What’s Going on Inside the Brain of a Curious Child” from KQED’s Mind/Shift. Plus, here’s a great piece from Diana on “Crafting Learning Experiences.” Okay, one more, Diana’s post on “Speed Learning: A Classroom Activity.”

Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado

Here is a great new teaching resource to accompany the movie, Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado.  

A free teacher’s guide is now available to accompany the documentary film, Strong Sisters, which tells the story of elected women in Colorado through interviews with past and current female office holders. The film and guide can be used in a range of classes at the middle and high school levels. The guide, including handouts editable to meet teachers’ needs, can be downloaded free at http://www.strongsisters.org/teachers-guide/. Teachers can purchase a DVD of the film ($10 + $5 shipping and handling) or download the film in digital form ($3).  A trailer of the film can be seen here:  http://www.strongsisters.org/trailer/.  Visit http://www.strongsisters.org/get-the-film/ to order or find a list of libraries where you can check out the film.

One Way to Incorporate Authentic Writing

Are you looking for ways to engage students in authentic reading and writing?  Students can write a letter to the next president, but not in the traditional way.  Students choose a topic they are passionate about, they research it, and then they can post it on this site for all to see.  What a great way to give students a voice!  It is also a great site to see what students are concerned about throughout the United States.  Check it out!

Letters to President

Welcome Back and Election Resources

Welcome to the new school year!  We have a lot going on this year in social studies!

Elementary Teachers: come and see the new resources that have been purchased and created for teaching social studies in the classroom on August 20th.  Sign up on the PD website. Join us for an interactive and fun morning to learn about brand new resources available in St. Vrain.  Here is a list and links to our new resources.  Check them out!

Middle School Teachers: Some teachers will be piloting the new resources from Discovery Education this year.  More to come on that!

High School Teachers: A committee has been chosen to review programs and resources for adoption for the core classes.  They will choose one pilot program for next year.

All Teachers:  Here is a great resource for teaching about the election this year.