MRVED MELT 2018 Call for Presentation ProposalsThe MRVED Educators Learning Together (MELT) conference will be held at Lac qui Parle Valley High School on January 15, 2018. To help make this conference the best ever, we need your help. The MRVED is looking for enthusiastic people willing to present on something great happening in your classroom. This can be anything from Google Drive to differentiation techniques in your classroom. Technology or no technology proposals are welcome. Presenters will be paid a small stipend for your work. You may submit as many presentation proposals as you wish.
We are especially looking for any Pre-K teachers willing to present!
**By filling out this form you are not committing to presenting, just providing the MRVED with your name and topic.**
2018 Call for Presentation Proposals Link
October 18 Common DayBe looking for information on the October 18 Common Day held at Yellow Medicine East in the very near future. Here is a brief synopsis of the day.
Training for PLC Leaders at the Kilowatt Community Center in Granite Falls. This training will be from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and will be facilitate by Jack Baldermann, consultant with Solution Tree.
For people who are not PLC Leaders, Kayla Delzer will be a keynote speaker at Yellow Medicine East High School. Kayla will be speaking to half the teachers in a 90 minute session, while the other half of the teachers are attending breakout sessions. After 90 minutes the groups will flip-flop. The afternoon will be spent in district teams, facilitated by your districts.
Be looking for more specific information in your email in the coming weeks.
Innovator's Mindset Series - Chapter 1This week we will start the series over the book Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. The series will feature some information from the chapters with my (Brandon's) own take on what it all means. I highly suggest buying this book, it's a quick read and really makes you think. Not to mention, George Couros will be our keynote speaker at the Spring common day.
Chapter 1 - What Innovation is and isn't
The chapter starts off with a very good example of Blockbuster going under because they were unwilling to give up an outdated business model (nobody rents movies from stores anymore...everything is streamed). Basically, innovate or die!
We work in a world where the same holds true. We need to either innovate our practices or education as we know it may die. Think about what the Internet has done to the movie industry, it changed it ten-fold. Think about what it should be doing to education!
Couros defines innovation as a way of thinking that creates something new and better (pg 19). Couros puts emphasis on the "new & better" part, whereas, I also think that "thinking" should also be emphasized. Couros says, "when we think differently about the things that we are used to seeing daily, we can create innovative learning opportunities" (pg 25). True innovation is taking an idea, thinking deeply about it, and moving forward in hopes it creates a new and better experience for someone. Often times, we forget about the "better" piece. You may innovate a practice, but did it really make it better? For example, a teacher believes they are innovative for scanning their worksheets and providing them to the students online. This practice is #1 not innovative and #2 does not automatically make the experience better for the students.
Innovation is not simply doing something differently (see example above). It's a way of thinking that keeps the interests of both the teacher and student in mind. If it's not a solution that is better for both parties, it isn't innovative.
Questions to consider (pg 27)
1. What is an example of a practice that you consider to be innovative? How is it new or better than what you did before?
Tech TipGoogle Classroom is gaining in popularity in our classrooms. Not only for the ease of using Google Drive, but also organization & communication. Google is constantly updating and changing things within their platform. Use this website to see what was updated last month, and you can even look back to the updates over the summer. If you are an avid user, you may not even know some of these features exist!
Google Classroom Updates
Article - How the Google Suite Can Enhance Open-Ended Math Exploration
How the Google Suite Can Enhance Open-Ended Math Exploration Article
September 29, 2017 - Title III Paras
October 25, 2017 - Superintendents' Council
October 27, 2017 - Principals' Council
November 8, 2017 - Joint Principals' & TAC