Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coaching vs Mentoring: Helping Teachers Integrate Technology Effectively - #TCEA17

Coaching vs. Mentoring: Helping Teachers Integrate Technology
Dr. Bruce Ellis
Senior Director of Professional Development
TCEA

Resources:



Check out the Region 13 Instructional Coaching Conference June 26-28, 2017

The coaching/mentoring process is different for each teacher:

  • Some can run with just an idea
  • Others need a demonstration
  • Some need you to teach a lesson with them/for them

Coaching


  • Is about skill & knowledge acquisition
  • Content expert focusing on concrete issues
  • Short term - only as long as needed
  • Clear expectations and goals from the beginning.
Mentoring
  • Mentoring is like counseling
  • Relationship-oriented to address professional adn personal issues
  • Ongoing - preferably more than a year
  • Trust comes before sharing

Which is Best for Your Teachers?

  • It depends!!!!!

Strategies for Mentoring

  • Journaling - mentor doesn't necessarily look at this
  • Reflection Journals - mentor responds to what the teacher has written
  • Blogging
  • Tweeting - You can encourage folks to lurk!
  • Leaving Post-it Notes - much more personal than email!
  • Post Cards - much more personal than email!


Strategies for Coaching Using Google Tools

  • Create a form with a list of goals from which to choose.
  • Teachers go to and complete the form. Print out the individualized plans.
  • Meet with teacher and go over their plan. Begin scheduling visits.
  • Continue to visit, model, and observe. Give specific feedback.
  • See links to online "supplies" in Bruce's PowerPoint
  • Also see links to instructions for using Google Sheets Add-on autoCrat in PowerPoint





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Best Practices for Integrating Chromebooks into Your Classroom - #TCEA17

Best Practices for Integrating Chromebooks into Your Classroom
Miguel Guhlin

Director of Professional Development
TCEA


Resources:






Tip 1: Have a Plan for Managing Chromebooks in the Classroom

  • Ex: How will students get their devices? What are your rules for handling the devices?
  • See the slide deck link above for great details!
Tip 2: Find ways to share your Chromebook screen
  • Nearpod
  • Chrome Cast
Tip 3: Digital Portfolios
  • Seesaw is the bomb! (Free for up to to 100 students per teacher)
Tip 4: Easy Interactivity
  • Kahoot
  • Quizz
Tip 5: Easy Video Assessment
  • Need to check out Flipgrid!!!! - Students can respond to prompts via video
  • Learners process visuals 60,000 times faster than text!
Tip 6: Use Google Tone Extension to Share Weblinks via a Sound

Tip 7: Check Out Google Tools for Students With Special Needs
Tip 8: Screencasts
  • Use Screencastify or Nimbus Screenshot & Screencast
  • Teacher can make tutorials
  • Students can create projects
Tip 9: Projects!
  • Older students research things younger students like using Google Form surveys. Then create a product and video advertisement for the younger students. Then use a Google Hangout to get feedback from the younger students!
  • Connect your classroom for a cause. Ex: High school English students in Texas and Virginia connected. Formed groups with students from both schools and did research on human trafficking

Ok, I lost wireless at this point in the session, but I've embedded the slide deck above. Be sure to look through it. It has tons of great resources!!!!






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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Nurturing the Neglected C (Communication) - #TCEA17

Nurturing the Neglected C (Communication)
Lisa Johnson
Eanes ISD


Check out Lisa's book Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students.


Email Etiquette:

  • How has email changed since you were in school?
  • Why is email important?
  • What can we do to teach email etiquette to our students?

Email Tips:

  • Draft it, then revise it. Bullet it to make it more readable/understandable.
  • If you have to go back & forth more than a couple of times via email, it might be time to pick up the phone!
  • Lisa is a campus tech specialist. She puts a tear-sheet on her door when she's out of her office with tear strips with her email address on it in case students or teachers come by and need to contact her.

Positive Interdependence:

  • How has collaboration changed since you were in school?
  • Why is collaboration important?
  • What can we do to teach collaboration to our students?
Positive Interdependence Tips:

  • Give students a personality/learning types test before putting them into groups
  • Discuss this with students and then have them think about what kind of group they'd do well in or what kind of role they might play.
  • By forcing kids to balance their self-assessments between two opposite qualities, it forces them to confront their weaknesses.
  • The Five Communication Skills
  • Use a problem-solving flow chart to help students ask questions when they are resolving issues.


Critically Evaluate Curation & Social Media:

  • How has curation changed since you were in school?
  • Why is curation and social media important?
  • How can we teach curation and social media skills to our students?
Curation is not a full picture of anything. It's a picture of what someone wants you to see. It's marketing. When students grasp this concept, it helps them begin to think more critically about their social media presence.

Encourage students to research colleges by looking at their social media presence. For example, their Pinterest boards.



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