I have been amazed at the amount of generosity everyone is showing during this craziness. I have been glued to the computer and one of the things I have noticed is how everyone is sharing the content they have created. I am generating a list, not of business, organization or companies offering services. A list of resources created by teachers. There is so much kindness happening and it might help to centralize it. If you can think of anything I missed when creating this submission form let me know and I’ll add to it.
Over the past few days, I have been so impressed by the generosity of people! Companies, organizations, and individuals are really coming together to support each other.
I have compiled a list of resources for my work site. Here is a LINK to that list.
I have also found a list of even more amazing resources! There is a Facebook book group literally called “Amazing Educational Resources” LINK and they have complied a technology resource list that astonishing! Link to that list.
Vaping, digital citizenship, college and career readiness, and COVID-19 were Salinas High School’s main PBIS lessons for the 2019-2020 school year. We listened to our stakeholders and promised one exercise per quarter. We switched things up by experimenting with ways to deliver and how to cultivate faculty buy-in. I feel the main way to have teacher buy-in is to present content embedded in need based on data. As you peruse the lessons pay attention to the different ways we experimented with assigning teacher delivery. I think the most successful method was having six assignments centered on one theme. Assigning each department one lesson, and asking teachers to deliver that same lesson all day. We tried to develop instruction that wouldn’t take longer than ten minutes. This way students will hopefully receive six ten minute lessons based on the same theme throughout the day. Over the year teacher buy-in did improve and staff complaints have lessened. In fact, we are hearing compliments and I have Nearpod to thank!
Crazy times right now and I have some innovative tech I want to share with you that might help with delivering content to your kids remotely. Have you heard of Nearpod? It’s a slide deck program that allows you to incorporate polling, multiple-choice questions, digital bulletin boards, fill in the blanks, quizzes, games, and more! You have a choice to present a live version where you control the content on their device and can monitor their input immediately. Or you can deliver a student-paced lesson, which will be great for remote learning! For both options, you can download a pdf with a detailed report of their work. The best part is the Nearpod library made up of a gazillion premade quality lessons you can use as is or edit to your needs. You can create your own lesson directly from their dashboard or use a Nearpod add-on with Google Slides. You can also use a deck you have already created.
I am not in any way affiliated with Nearpod, nor will I be receiving kickbacks from this plug. I am the technology coach at our school site this year and we are currently in a pilot program. I have been working with a very helpful site rep, Talia Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org). She has been kind and given me a promo code to share with you. This is a three-month all-access code for Nearpod and Flocabulary!! Perfect timing to help get us out of the weeds (or should I say germs).
I am part of the school PBIS team. Have you heard of it? It’s a system a lot of school districts across the Nation are using. It is a 3 tier system for identifying and correcting student behaviors. We have had some hiccups and teacher buy-in is not 100%. I feel overall student behavior on our campus is on an upswing. I also think the PBIS system could be a long term fix for some of the mental health issues our country is facing. If the system is worked right I think we are identifying people who need support early and offering them tools to live healthy lives.
At the bottom-tier, all students are engaged in school-wide lessons and a positive rewards system. Lessons at this tier are for situations like walking down the correct side of a hall, how to approach a teacher about a grade, or the dangers of vaping.
At the second-tier, a site trained specialist steps in and counsels the students who need more individualized support. One of the interventions that can take place is a check-in/check-out system. Students meet with an adult at the beginning of the day who reminds them how to deal with the negative behaviors the student has a pattern of engaging in. Each teacher signs off on the student’s behavior at the end of the period. At the end of the day, the student checks-out with the same adult they saw at the beginning of the day for a pep talk depending on the logged responses.
Third-tier interventions are conducted by highly trained professionals for students who will probably struggle for the rest of their lives for one reason or another. Oppositional defiant students usually fall into this tier. The team of specialists develops a plan to help support this student and their teachers.
I love this lesson for a couple of really good reasons. First of all, they teach themselves and do a pretty good job at it. Secondly, it keeps them busy up to the last second and they enjoy it. Thirdly, my room can go through the end of the school year deep clean and stay clean!
This is the project that students (or their moms) stop me years later to let me know that they still have it hanging in their home. When we start this project they have a solid foundation of skills and their confidence is high. Confidence is definitely needed for a not so forgiving medium.
The main aspect I stress throughout this project is practice! I have 2 x 2″ pieces available throughout the entire project and stress practicing before moving onto the real deal. I never scratch on a student’s project, but I will play on a piece of practice paper to help problem-solve for a technique that matches what they are trying to emulate.
I have found my favorite scratching tool is an Exacto blade. I like how sharp it is, but dislike how dangerous it can be. I tell them a couple embellished gruesome horror Exacto blade stories and that usually keeps them on their toes. I also have scratching tools available and some like them better.
I use peer critiques a lot throughout the year, but I really like using them during this project. Sometimes I think they are a little more brutal than I am, plus I can’t catch every improvement suggestion like they can.