MRVED BusinessThe MRVED Common Day will be October 17 in Dawson at the high school. Dave Burgess will be the keynote speaker. Registration closes October 3 at 4pm. The last day to cancel lunch for the day will be October 5, after that you will be held responsible for the price. The day will begin at 8:40 with Dave Burgess speaking until lunch. The afternoon will consist of staff broken into two groups. Group 1 will be with Burgess while Group 2 is in specified rooms discussing content areas. Then Group 2 will be with Burgess while Group 1 is in specified rooms discussing content areas. Everyone will get an agenda when they arrive letting them know where they will be during the day.
On Monday, October 22, everyone will receive an email with a link to an evaluation for the day. Please take the time to fill this out as we use it the information for planning future MRVED Common Days.
Upcoming MeetingsOctober 17, 2018 Dave Burgess-MRVED Common Day
October 24, 2018 Superintendents’ Council
October 26, 2018 Principals’ Council
November 9, 2018 Joint Principal and TAC
November 16, 2018 Principal's Council
November 28, 2018 Superintendent's Council
2019 MELT Call for Proposals
**We are actively seeking any Pre-K people that would like to present, as well as anyone that Teaches Like a Pirate!**
**By filling out this form you are not committing to presenting, just providing the MRVED with your name and topic.**
Link to Proposal Form
Tech Tip of the Week - FlippityFlippity is a great tool to use in the classroom. If you can get over having to use a Google Sheet, this tool can transform how you do things in your classroom. You can easily turn spreadsheets into flashcards, quiz shows, crosswords, etc... There are so many different things you can do within Flippity. You really need to experience it to see the power it has.
If We Don't Allow A Redo, What Are We Teaching?
Rick Wormeli tweeted this article out the other day on redos. It is well worth the read. It is an account from an English teacher on why he allows redos. There are some really good points in here. Take the time to read this article today, especially if you are on the fence about allowing kids to redo assignments.
Teach Like a Pirate - Ask & Analyze, Transformation, EnthusiasmFor those of you on Twitter, there is a great Teach Like a Pirate conversation that happens all day long! Follow #TLAP.
Ask and Analyze
Burgess talks about the ability to think creatively in this chapter. In a hilarious anecdotal example, he talks about how "creative people" simply walk around and are smacked with creative ideas out of the blue. Being creative is not something that you are born with, it's something you can become better at. Carol Dweck - growth mindset vs fixed mindset! Being creative is all about what questions you ask yourself as well as the ability to change. The bottom of page 34 and top of page 35 offer an awesome way to ask yourself questions that can guide you to be creative. Once you find that creative change, you must then have the ability to change your lesson.
"Safe lessons are a recipe for mediocrity at best" (Burgess, 48). I love this quote! It is so true...we need to be able to take risks in our lessons. Burgess talks about the 1000's of lessons that have been disasters. It goes back to the Ask and Analyze chapter though. When we fail we need to ask ourselves questions about the failure, analyze what we did, and then make adjustments. We shouldn't continue to teach the bad lesson again and we shouldn't settle for mediocrity as well. Our kids don't deserve mediocrity - they deserve our best!
Creating engaging lessons is also in the chapter on transformation. I wanted to share a few quotes that hit home with me.
"If you can't explain why someone should pay attention to what you're saying, maybe we shouldn't be saying it." (Burgess, 62)
"History isn't boring, their history class was" (Burgess, 62) I think of the phrase that I heard in my classroom, "this is boring". What the student really meant, and I wish he/she would have said it, was "YOU are boring". Burgess is right, your content area is not boring, it's the delivery that is boring.
I'm going to leave these two thought provoking questions from the transformation chapter for you to think about:
If your students didn't have to be there, would you be teaching in an empty room?
Do you have any lessons you could sell tickets for?