Maker-Enhanced Writing Workshop: Character Development

User Generated Education

This month I started a maker-enhanced writing workshop with a group of gifted 3rd through 6th grade students. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Reader's Workshop for K-2


Websites to Wow your Workshop I''m out of the classroom today at a conference for reader''s workshop, and it''s simply amazing! I am growing from this one because we meet monthly to learn and collaborate with a great group of professionals within our district.

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Insight Education Group to Host National Educational Leaders’ Workshop


(Encino, CA) February 16, 2017 — Insight Education Group today announced that its National Educational Leaders’ Workshop (NELW) will take place in San Diego, CA, on March 9 and 10. The Workshop will provide the time, space, and expertise to accomplish this.”

Subscriber Special: Group PD at a great price

Ask a Tech Teacher

June 8th-10th: Discounted Group Professional Development. Student joins a Google Classroom-based class and meets weekly with instructor to discuss class activities and assignments. Class is student-paced with no direct instructor involvement or meetings.

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The workshop model: Beyond the basics

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Jen Bengel explains the workshop model, how to create mini-lessons, and how to get students excited about books. So in this episode, we’re talking about the workshop model. Jen’s going to do a deep dive into an ELA or reading workshop model.

Hosting Study-Groups for Teachers

Reading By Example

“Thank you, Dana,” the fifth grade teacher said to me on the last day of our lunchtime study-group. ” We had just finished our six-week long study-group centered around Christopher Lehman’s book Energize Research Reading and Writing.

Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday Google announced the launch of Google Educators Groups. See below for more information and to sign up for a group or even create your own (I signed up for the NYC one as there isn''t one in Connecticut, YET).

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High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.

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One teacher’s 5 secrets for a fantastic math workshop

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Today, I’ve invited Meg from The Teacher Studio to share how she runs math workshop in her classroom. Over the years, I have had many people ask me to blog more about my math workshop. Why do math workshop, anyway? How can I set the tone for math workshop?

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Power Up the Collaborative Writing Process with a Writing Workshop

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A digital writing workshop can provide students with opportunities to become active participants in their own learning. Managing a Digital Writing Workshop. This Digital Writing Workshop is designed to avoid classroom chaos through the use of two separate grouping strategies.

Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research


toward the end of Writer’s Workshop. Tokuhama-Espinosa suggested forming a core group of interested staff members and to begin building a shared understanding of the principles and tenets of MBE. To my surprise, people were interested and they voted to meet before school at 7 a.m.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. Other Workshop Leaders: Buffy Hamilton , Title I Writing teacher, former librarian; Atlanta, GA. We also discussed the importance of revision and debugging as a group project. I also realized I need to make time to come to the National Writing Project Meeting EVERY YEAR! What a great group of educators!

How CA Group Builds Strategic Partnerships that Support School Transformation


CA Group is a consulting firm dedicated to improving education for students in grades K-12. CA Group manages large scale systemic change in schools across a particular region and also supports districts, networks and schools through the process of school model redesign. For the large scale systemic work, the company typically takes a cohort of schools through a variety of workshops to support redesign on a larger scale.

Do’s & Don’ts to "PEP" Up Meetings For Success

The Innovative Educator

Most employees feel many meetings they attend are a waste of time but they don’t need to be. There are strategies you can implement as well as pitfalls you can avoid to help ensure your meetings are interesting, informative, productive and achieve desired outcomes.

Reflecting On My #Flipclass Workshop w Faculty at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia @OfficeMixTeam


During my visit to Saint Stephen’s College , I had the opportunity to work with small and large groups of teachers to think about how to leverage technology to personalize learning, enhance teaching, and differentiate instruction. One such example was meeting with a science teacher.

Reflecting On My #Flipclass Workshop w Faculty at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia @OfficeMixTeam


During my visit to Saint Stephen’s College , I had the opportunity to work with small and large groups of teachers to think about how to leverage technology to personalize learning, enhance teaching, and differentiate instruction. One such example was meeting with a science teacher.

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life


They put themselves in their own groups based on personal interest, and worked together to grapple with these mysterious tools. Inspired by an online investigation, one group of students decided to build a banana piano. Meeting Standards. It might have been the banana piano.

The Secret to a Great Staff Meeting is … CREATIVITY!

My Paperless Classroom

I look over at the laughter and my Head of School is using a tiny light and a giant comb on the business director’s head, illustrating the proper use of the flashlight their group designed. In fact, EVERY group had a great design. The Call of Creativity-.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet Someone Amazing!

The Playground Advocate

Sometimes meeting someone new changes your whole perspective on the world, and collaborating with someone new can change how you understand the work that you do. Maybe a published poet could Skype in and lead a workshop.

Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant


So Bryant signed her up for a game development camp at Stanford in 2010, only to learn that Kai was one of the few girls—and the only student of color—in the group. At Quartz’s The Next Billion conference in San Francisco earlier this month, we caught up with Bryant to learn more about the group’s progress, challenges, and her thoughts on why diversity is much broader than giving more women and people of color opportunities to learn.

‘First-Gen’ Proud: Campuses Are Celebrating An Overlooked Group. But Is That Enough?


They call these groups familias. But this often-overlooked group of students needs a lot more in the way of actual support. When schools focus on these first-gen students, they can at the same time target support to other groups that face extra challenges in higher education: low-income students, non-white students, rural students and veterans. Carballo has designed workshops and lectures to help break down that secret language.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Jopeck, along with K-Fai Steele, Colleen Graves, and Buffy Hamilton led a session at the 2016 National Writing Project (NWP) annual meeting in Atlanta in November with a diverse group of educators. The workshop leaders emphasized that the “making” umbrella is a large one.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Thanks to Twitter, I connected with so many of my dear friends over lunch, group discussions, dinners, and parties.

I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction


Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding. However, they quickly evolved into this group bonding, laughing, and really connecting! and, for me, this group certainly fits that description. Yep - Riley and I meet Mr. Cullen! I didn''t name my cat after a vampire.

Back to School Tech Tip: Safely Text Your Class with @Remind101


Ever wish you could send out a mass text to a group? Since then, the developers have not rested on their laurels, continuing to develop new ways in which we can safely communicate with important groups. This way, it makes sending group texts so simple!

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Library 2.0 Webinar - Coaching Skills for Library Managers and Supervisors: Getting Better Performance and Behavior From Your Employees One Meeting at a Time

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

"Coaching Skills for Library Managers and Supervisors: Getting Better Performance and Behavior From Your Employees One Meeting at a Time." For group or other purchases, please email Using “Personal Accountability Meetings” when coaching is not working.

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Traditionally, literacy educators spent long hours gathering resources, developing tasks and extensions, and reading and analyzing assessment to determine if the instruction was meeting the needs of students. The mini-lesson is whole group instruction.

The Difference Between Personalized Learning And Individualized Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

While both concepts support meeting students’ learning needs, they serve different purposes. Yet the differences in the practical usage of personalization and individualization can help improve instructional planning by teachers and be strategic in meeting the needs of all students.

Teaching Online During COVID-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

They are invested in teaching their classes and suddenly it seems impossible to meet yearly goals, build lifelong learners. Have a frequent virtual meeting via Google Hangouts Meet, Zoom, or an option through your LMS. Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging.

12 Rules of effective Instructional Technology Coaching


Take it easy and slow, and focus on the enthusiasts among the staff complement, and work from there — perhaps by presenting your successes at staff meetings and other workshops to entice further interest.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Educators participate in this three-week hands-on quasi-writer’s workshop as they learn to use widely-available digital tools to help their students develop their inner writer. 4 virtual meetings. need to differentiate for varied needs of their diverse student group.

Learning Never Stops

A Principal's Reflections

There should always be a long-term plan following any keynote or workshop. For the purposes of this post, let’s put aside more traditional pathways that are either provided to educators or ones that are sought out, such as conferences and workshops.

Parents Look to Teachers for Help Using Educational Media at Home

Educator Innovator

That’s according to a new survey-based report by Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which documents parents’ perspectives on their children’s informal use of educational media—including apps, games, websites, and TV shows. Teachers are helping to meet that need.

Schools and Communities Together

Digital Promise

Many churches offer opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities through youth service groups. Leaders in faith-based organizations are also positioned to mobilize and organize communities to help meet the needs of its children.

Design Lab Connects Autism Families with Research

Digital Promise

Sitting in a circle, a group of researchers and caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorder weave blue and orange yarn around a circular peg board. We work with organizations and communities to ensure that the thing being designed (for example a system, object, communication, space or service) meets the needs of the people who will be using it. The first half of each workshop aimed to understand the current state of communication between researchers and family members.