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This site will house information for our continuing staff professional development. Please excuse its ugly appearance until we can make it more aesthetically appealing.High School PD PowerPointsDec 12 PD (This has the directions for logging in and trying out Microsoft 365 Classrooms)Middle School PD PowerPoints
As we work through the 8 Cultural Forces that Ron Ritchart has identified as necessary components to creating a Culture of Thinking, supporting and supplemental information will be included here for your use.Thinking Routines - Chapter 7 (pp 171 to 199)Thinking Routine Matrix from Making Thinking Visible.Thinking Routine ExplanationsBefore the Publication of Making Thinking Visible, the Visible Thinking Project grouped the routines that we saw broken down into Introducing and Exploring Ideas, Synthesizing and Organizing Ideas, and Digging Deeper Into Ideas into other categories. The following link has many of the same routines (and a few new ones) organized my Understanding, Fairness, Creativity and Truth.
Visible Thinking in Action HomepageMinds of Our OwnThis is a great video about how we can fail to impart understanding to our students, with some ideas on how to address the deficits. Particularly interesting bits includeStart viewing at 3:45 to see Harvard and MIT graduates try to explain how a tree grows.Start viewing at 6:30 to see how the nation's top students may have missed the point of photosynthesis, despite learning about it from 1st grade through 12th grade.Modeling - Chapter 5 (pp 115 to 141)Cognitive ApprenticeshipGradual Release of ResponsibilityReciprocal TeachingInteractions - Chapter 8 (pp 201 to 226)Expectations - Chapter 2 (pp 39 to 60)
IB MaterialsHere is where you can find all kinds of materials to help you with your IB implementation.Unit Planning DocumentsWorksheets and InformationMYP Assessment Criteria in Word
State Website for Information on Keystones and PSSAs.https://www.pdesas.org/AssessmentPowerPoints for Incorporating Keystone Skills