Written by Eric Kelliher, Career Readiness Consultant at Kent ISD
Love a challenge? If you are a Kent ISD area educator, grade 5-8 Science, Technology, Engineering-focused (CAD/CAM, etc.), Art, Math or general STEM teacher, this unique PD is for you. Come participate in a summer program that’s guaranteed to be unlike any PD you’ve ever experienced.
What to expect…
First, you’ll spend two days learning the Design Thinking process, a business model – supported by Fortune 500 companies like Apple, IBM and Steelcase – designed to walk teams and organizations through product design and systems thinking. This human-centered approach, to building and creating, lends very well to Education and encourages students to: be problem-solvers, embrace failure as a part of the learning process, engage through collaboration, creativity and relevance. And you’ll learn by doing. Continue reading Real World Design Thinking Opportunity
Do you find yourself perpetually breaking up with your educational technology tools or not even sure that they are worth the investment? Let me share a perspective that may help you determine which tools are worth your time, money and energy.
The Triple E Framework, developed out of University of Michigan by Dr. Liz Kolb, is a simple to use framework that may help you quickly identify what a technology tool can bring to your lessons. Dr. Kolb synthesized current technology and learning research into three E’s: Engage, Enhance and Extend. If I could sum up Dr. Kolb’s work into one statement, it would be this: Continue reading Which tech tools are worth your time and money?
Why is it important for educators, parents and business leaders to be involved in promoting early childhood literacy? Do community members have a collective responsibility to support the reading and writing development of the children living in their neighborhoods? How can families and area residents partner with schools to strengthen and support literacy initiatives?
Learn the answers to these questions and more during the Reading Now Network’s West Michigan Early Literacy Leadership Symposium, “Collective Responsibility: Engaging Families & Community,” on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Bernhard Center on the Campus of Western Michigan University. Continue reading Mapp and Morrell Promote Early Literacy by Engaging Parents
In considering the various “R’s in Education”, how important is the process of “reflection”?
The power inherent within your personal reflection of your educational practices should never be undervalued. But, does “reflection” fall into my 5 R’s of Effective Engagement? A component of this reflection strategy are the proverbial “Look In The Mirror” Moments.
For me, when I awake in the morning as I am preparing myself for work, I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Will you give your best today?” Without hesitation, my reflection always responds back with the affirmative, “Yes!” Continue reading The Power of Reflection
Summer. The word alone conjures images of the pool, beach, sand, sun, relaxing with a good book…
Unfortunately, summer break often means a vacation from reading for many students.
Summer Reading Loss Research
The importance of summer reading is well documented in educational research. Studies confirm that summer reading loss perpetuates the achievement gap between low-socioeconomic communities and more advantaged communities. However, Jimmy Kim (2004) found Continue reading Strategies to Encourage Summer Reading
SCICON is back for another exciting year.
On May 17th, Kent ISD will be hosting the annual SCICON GR. This one day conference will feature Wendy Johnson. Wendy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education, and writing her dissertation on “Fostering Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity in Productive Classroom Discourse”, at Michigan State University. Area teachers will be sharing classroom stories and experts from STEM and education technology will facilitate sessions.
Reasons to Attend SCI CON this year:
Continue reading Why YOU should attend SCICON 2017!
According a Kaiser Foundation study conducted in 2010, children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media.
Bill Gates started hacking computers at age 13. At just 10 years old, Mark Zuckerburg created a home network. And, Steve Jobs started tinkering with electronics before he even started grade school. What do all of these men have in common? They all created products of technology (Windows, Facebook, Apple) that our students spend 7 hours a day using.
Our students love these technologies…but how many of them know how they really work? Continue reading Increase Student Engagement Using littleBits
Looking to do something different this year? Searching for a way to help your students demonstrate learning as well as practice those critical skills they’ll need in their future like collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving? How about having them make a movie?
What’s that you say? You want something more serious, more academic? Something that will help prepare them for real jobs someday? Again I say, what about using film as an educational medium?
Before you dismiss it, just hear me out. Consider this. You’re a Language Arts teacher reading Macbeth. You’re trying to teach your students some of the main themes of the play – like what happens when ambition goes unchecked. Continue reading Lights, Camera…Engagement!
Science teachers from Kent County and Southwest Michigan unite to show students that science is fun!
Teams of teachers and administrators have been meeting to find ways to collaborate and share best practices that align to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The science and engineering practices of the framework promote equity among students and truly get students engaged in doing science. These groups will continue next school year as we begin to look at ways to answer the question,
“How do we know what students know?”
Continue reading Science is Fun!