During our back-to-school workshops the Education Department enjoyed opportunities to work with faculty across the university on a number of critical skills for facilitating student success. Dr. Kelly shared great strategies for building students’ critical thinking skills, Dr. Heacox led faculty considering strategies for differentiating instruction, and Dr. Anderson worked with Librarian Leann Suchy on Technology Integration skills.
Enjoy a review of your own tech integration skills here:
Hope you own back to school efforts have been rewarding and rejuvenating!
We’ve enjoyed working with experienced 1:1 Teachers and Tech Integration Specialists this summer from near and far as we polish the curriculum for our new online class on best practices in 1:1 Content Creation and Pedagogy. The themes are surprisingly universal from around the region, and the outcome of transformative practices after two or three years of implementation is the exciting ending about which we continue to hear.
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Thanks to all the mentors that support our Katie CoderDojo — the St. Kate’s initiative to help girls into creating our digital futures. You come too?
Originally posted on Making and/or Breaking:
You guys! You guys. You guys. You guys.
You have GOT to get in on this mentoring thing.
Last night, I was a mentor at the Katie Coderdojo, and it was SO COOL. I worked with the younger girls, 8-11, who were using Scratch.
It was definitely the closest I’ve come to the whole maker movement vibe since I was a kid doing similar stuff myself. The girls were so excited about what they were doing. They were helping each other. There was frustration and aha moments and so much pride in the end products, even when the girl next to them had done something more involved.
We had task cards to direct girls who were new to it, and it was really cool to see how these girls would take the simple ideas and make something out of them. For example, there was a task about making a…
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Congratulations to all of our graduates from Spring 2014. You can learn from our students’ Action Research projects by reading their reports featured in the St. Kate Database Sophia, or linked here!
Curriculum and Instruction Action Research Reports from Spring 2014.
The Benefits of Collaborative Learning in the Elementary Classroom, Crystal Daugherty
Differentiated Math Interventions for Third Grade Students Using Push-In and Pull-Out Models, Anne Jarzyna-Ingles, Tara Schletz, and Melissa Young
Our colleagues at City Academy continue to do professional development via yearly Action Research projects. We are honored to share their work here!
Milo Cutter and See Vang worked on improving students’ English reading and writing skills and improving communication between high schools and post-secondary institutions.
Melanie Groten and Ansell Toskas share a summary of their Action Research conducted last year in an urban charter school setting with interesting results!
High school students have limited opportunities to explore future career opportunities. This study by Terry Kraabel endeavors to explore the impact of apprenticeship exposure on students’ career choices.
Our colleagues at City Academy used Action Research to investigate the process and outcomes of gathering student evaluations of teaching.
Nguyen and Schefers’ summary of findings is shared here:
Preparing Students for a Career in Criminology: Identifying effective methods of communication with students
Urban charter school faculty summarize their action research results and share with us here at St. Kate’s each year. Susie Orr share’s her findings here:
We are proud of the faculty of City Academy for using Action Research as an ongoing professional development process in their school. Here is one of this year’s summaries by Curlee and Lloyd.