Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. It is the seventh post in the series.
Burlington Blogs Update
Day 33 - Latin III 2014-2015 September Scavenger Hunts! - Greg Stringer - BHS Foreign Language Department
Day 34 - MSMS Symphonic Band with the BHS Marching Band - John Middleton-Cox - BPS Perforning Arts Director
Day 35 - Student Tech Teams Featured in a Student Run Demo Slam - Jenn Scheffer - BPS Mobile Learning Coach
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Resource of the Week - Feedly
One of the greatest parts about the growing number Burlington teachers who have started sharing the happenings from their classrooms online with classroom blogs and websites is that I am able to see all of the neat things happening across the district on a daily basis. While there is no substitute for being in classrooms to see the learning firsthand, there is simply no way to stay on top of all of the wonderful work of staff and students.
This is where Feedly comes in. Feedly is a FREE resource that allows you to see all of the blogs you follow in one place. The best part is that you can use it on a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop and scroll through the latest posts from the sites that you follow. For educators, it is a great way to follow your colleagues or blogging educators from across the globe. It is also a great way to have students follow bloggers who are writing about topics that connect to a unit or entire course.
If you are interested in giving Feedly a spin, here is a link to a tutorial post that explains how to get started. I would just begin with the top three tips if you are a new user. As always, please let me know if I can help you or your class get started with this great resource!
Week 6 Update
The posts below are the ones that have appeared on the blog over the last five school days. The number of BPS Blogs and Websites is up to 116, increasing by over 40 in the last four weeks! Please add the link to your site here if you haven't already done so.
Only 150 more posts to go...
- It's Connected Educator Month! - My Weekly BPS Blog Update (Week 5) (patrickmlarkin.com)
- Do You Have A Cool Photo for our Instagram Photo of the Day?! My Weekly BPS Blog Update (Week 4) (patrickmlarkin.com)
- A Great Communication Tool for all Staff and My Weekly BPS Blog Update (Week 3) (patrickmlarkin.com)
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I had the good fortune of attending the RTI Best Practices Institute in Wrightsville Beach, NC with a team from Burlington. It was great to hear some well-known RTI comsultants discuss Best Practice, but the highlight was listening to Burlington Math Coach Carrie Fortunato discuss all of the things happening in our Burlington Elementary Schools to make sure students are making progress developing their math skills.
While the entire slideshow is above, I want to highlight a few of the key things that I took away from Mrs. Fortunato's presentation.
- In Burlington we have clearly defined what math is in the elementary levels and prioritized what students need to know in grades K-5 within these defined areas.
- Our priorities are Number Sense, Number Concept, and Numeracy
- We have clear measures to check on the progress of all students and specific interventions we employ when we find students are lagging in progress.
- In addition we have clear data to see how we are progressing both as individuals and at each grade level.
- Slide 7 - Shows what was done last year in the first year of this work by Mrs. Fortunato and her team.
- Slides 8-9 show the five clearly articulated parts of Number Concept
- Slides 10-11 show the five clearly articulated parts of Number Sense
- Slide 12 states what all Burlington students should be able to do in regards to Numeracy by the end of fourth grade
- Slides 22-29 describe the assessment procedures that we use for Numeracy in grades K-5
- Slide 43 highlights what are assessment procedures will look like next year and beyond
|BPS Math Coach Carrie Fortunato|
There is a lot more in the presentation that is work checking out, the key thing is that the work that Mrs. Fortunato has done along with our dedicated staff of classroom teachers and tutors has allowed us to ensure the development of strong foundational skills for all students. This is due to the time an effort that has been given to make sure we all agree on the following three things:
- What we teach all students
- How we monitor the progress of all students
- What interventions we put in place when students are struggling
It is clear that people were impressed with the work that has been done in Burlington in the area of elementary math instruction! We look forward to sharing more about this work in the future. Thanks also go to Dr. Scott Methe and his graduate students from UMass Boston for their consultation work that has supported our efforts.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The post below is actually a copy of an e-mail that I sent our teachers today to continue to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. It is the fifth post in a series that I will continue throughout the school year.
As we hit the first full week of October, I am wondering how many people are aware that it is Connected Educators Month. For the third year in a row, the United States Department of Education and a number of partner organizations have deemed October Connected Educator Month. You can learn more at theConnected Educator Month website. The home page lists a daily schedule of events that teachers can take part in to connect with colleagues from around the world, including a number of Twitter Chats on different topics.
If you would like to bundle an hour from a Connected Educator Month Twitter Chat with other technology PD options (i.e. How Do I Do That Sessions or our Burlington 1:1 Conference) to earn inservice credits then we would welcome that. If you need support on getting started with Twitter please connect with one of our district IT Staff. Our two Mobile Learning Coaches, Jenn Scheffer and Diana Marcus, each have online schedules so that you can book them at your convenience. Please let me know if you have any questions
Burlington Blogs Update
The posts below are the ones that have appeared on the blog over the last five school days. Please feel free to forward any student work that you would like to show off for a post. Even if you don't have a blog, I am happy to turn the work into an original post.
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