Elevator Pitches 2016 Teachers Helping Teachers

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Doing History Instead of Reading About It

At some point in our teaching career, we wake up one day and realize that education is about the kids, not about us. That was the genesis of redesigning a World History course that had been tweaked, adjusted, modified, and aligned for eighteen years. While the workshop title indicates a history course saga, the transformation that is occurring in World History at Choate could occur in any course in any department. Join a conversation about teaching and learning that aims to adjust pedagogy and curriculum to meet the needs of our students.

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Written Mathematics Discussion in a Blended Classroom

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 3.02.05 PMHello!

I am very excited to share what I have been doing in my Geometry classes over the last year and a half. I ought to preface the whole thing by also sharing that I have turned my Geometry and Honors Geometry classes into Harkness classes. This means that students are already expected to discuss the mathematics that they are learning and the problems that they are solving with each other.

So with that in mind, I would like to share with you a few documents and the link to the Geogebra applets that they use to elicit discussion.

Examples of written discussion:




The three applets from which these discussion were based:




Here is a link to my presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zlcpF3vqIpx-PZtbvQswy8jakVSIS663O-h9fnyGfZQ/edit?usp=sharing

I look forward to an interesting discussion tomorrow! Thanks!

eileen mooney.

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Looking Forward to Learning with CAIS Colleagues on 1/25/16

We were asked to share our presentations. If interested, mine follows:


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Connecting Our PD with Elevator Pitches

elias-elevator-pitch-01The Commission for Professional Development is excited to host another great Teachers Helping Teachers event. We continue to believe that our best professional development assets are among us in our schools and state. Upon reflecting on this insight and reviewing past evaluations from attendees, the commission designed a new elevator pitch format to replace for the opening remarks. This new format will allow session leaders a chance to convey what is important about their session in 60 seconds or less. This large group moment will foster more collegiality as we will begin to make personal connections to a specific educator and topic, and attendees can pass along notes to their community if the topic is outside of their daily practice. We will post the morning of the event the final Google Slide Document with all the pitches, which will in turn be a fun archive of the day’s highlights. The commission wants to thank again all the #CAISCT colleagues for presenting at this year’s conference. Email Diane Brewer or Bill Sullivan w/any questions: bsullivan@suffieldacademy.org

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#CAISCT #PBL Investigation

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS. What Works is Worth Sharing: Teachers Helping Teachers. “Plugged, Unplugged…Whatever!”

CPDLOGOIs there something you’ve done with your students that you’re really proud of? Join your CAIS colleagues on January 25th and share what you love. Some of the best professional development comes from spending a day with colleagues learning from each other – “What Works is Worth Sharing”. Participants in these programs learn about best practices, lesson plans, innovative projects, and pedagogical techniques that have had a significant impact on students and schools. Sessions may include the use of technology or not; they may encompass all sorts of important learning, such as mind, body, spirit curriculum as well as service learning. Likewise, you should also consider revisiting essential educators topics, such as assessments, homework, measuring engagement, or teaching collaborative work. Moreover, there seems to be a need among CAIS colleagues who now teach in an online grading environment to rethink common classroom practice regarding homework, quizzes, and tests. In general, we are open to you presenting a great learning moment that you feel should be shared with fellow CAIS educators. If you’d like to see what’s been presented at past programs, visit:

In a multi-year effort to concentrate our professional development offerings on 21st Century skills, the CAIS Commission on Professional Development (CPD) is seeking proposals for our next session of “Teachers Helping Teachers”.  Previous events in this series have won rave reviews from your colleagues. The program consists of Connecticut teachers hosting 45-minute sessions where they share their best ideas, lesson plans, projects, and pedagogical techniques. Presentations may also include a question and answer period. The question and answer session can evolve into a continuing dialogue and an opportunity for colleagues to network and make plans for visiting other schools to see innovative curriculum in action. Participants are able to visit several classrooms throughout the day so they can see a variety of teachers and projects. And…as a presenter you, too, will have an opportunity to attend sessions. Ultimately, this program is about “sharing excellence.”

Won’t you join us? Submit your proposal: http://www.caisct.org/2015callforproposals

To read more about the CPD’s efforts and to view timely articles from fellow educators, please check out the Commission’s Blog more.  If you’d like to become a blog poster, email Bill Sullivan, mailto:bsullivan@suffieldacademy.org  Contribute your best ideas, websites, etc. to the blog so that it will become a true collaborative working environment for all CAIS educators. Thanks and we look forward to reading about and learning from your projects!

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