Tiger tOoLs – October 2014

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Good Afternoon,
The past two weeks have provided numerous opportunities for rich learning on how to support our EAL students in accessing our curriculum and acquiring language.  We sincerely hope that you found your work with Jill Bromenschenkel rewarding and insightful.
Please look for a survey this afternoon related to our continued focus on our English language learners and SIOP.  Your honest reflection and insight are valued.

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Opportunities @ AES
 
Leadership Professional Learning Series (PLS)
We had a wonderful turnout for Thursday’s session on the Intro to Process Planning.  If you missed it, please see this link for details…We are excited for the second session, Matching Your Purpose and Process on Wednesday, October 8th at 3:45 in the Learning Lab.
Please see the link to our syllabus if you need more information.
Just a reminder, we have created an online Facilitators’ Handbook to support you as you create meaningful opportunities for dialogue and discussion with your colleagues.
Drop-in Tech PD
 
The focus for this month is on Hapara.  Please join the Ed Tech team for the following sessions:
Intro to Hapara on Today, September 30th at 11:50 and 3:45
Using Hapara for Formative Assessment on Wednesday, October 15th at 11:50 and 3:45
Mindsets Book Club
To offer a differentiated experience, we have two book group options on the topic of Mindset.  Book clubs will run during mid-October.  Sign-up Here!
NESA Opportunities
Two upcoming NESA conferences to really start thinking about attending:
Fall Training Institute – many 2-day institutes – in Doha – November 7 – 8, 2014.
We already have a team of 6 teachers going to unpack the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) during this conference.
Winter Training Institute – Dr. Carol Commodore and Assessment – in Bahrain –January 23 – 24, 2015
We will have a team of 12 people (ES, MS, HS, and K-12) for this conference.
Please send Jessica a note if you are interested in participating.
We will be deciding our team in mid-October.

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English Language Learners and SIOP
Upon her departure, Jill shared some of the successes we are having with our students, and provided some guidance in our next steps to further support our English Language Learners.
Successes = Teachers are providing:
Purposeful access to language and content.
Purposeful focus on accountability for student language production.
Utilizing technology to increase productive language output for all students and for previewing and the building of background knowledge.
Our Next Steps to for Deepening Support for our EAL students:
Ensuring that every student has the opportunity and expectation of academic language output every day, in every class.
Developing transferrable language acquisition skills (i.e. justifying, clarifying, initiating questions).
All classes have a language objective related to language acquisition.
Assessment
As students have increased ownership for their learning, their motivation increases.  This short article from the most recent Educational Leadership, 10 Standards for Motivation, is some food for thought for increasing student motivation.
What was very noticeable in their top 10 list was the number of times students were the focus of the assessment and their learning.

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Tech Integration

We have the good fortune at AES to be a very resource rich school, especially in terms of technology. We have 1-1 devices in grades 1-12 and in addition have a large variety of other technology to support student learning.  These tools provide opportunity, but none of that means anything without YOU the teacher driving innovation in your classroom and focusing on educational outcomes first.

In the article There is No App for Good Teaching, Laura Moorehead examines this idea well. At AES we promote the use of the TPACK model (created by Punya Mishra) as a way to create deep and meaningful learning experiences with technology. TPACK believes that at the heart of innovative teaching is first defining rich content, next matching it with a supportive pedagogy and then exploring what technology can provide. In these cases where content, pedagogy and tech converge we provide the types of innovative learning experiences that have the largest impact on student learning. Stay tuned for more professional development regarding TPACK coming your way soon.

As always, please stop by the Office of Learning anytime…we love visitors!
Yours in collaboration,
Gary, Emily, Jess, Mechum and Robyn