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Technology, Education and Human Resource Recommended Blogs

Last week while sitting in an airport, I grabbed a magazine that featured information on Microsoft’s HoloLens. As an educational leader, I was simply blown away with the future classroom applications that could occur once this product’s engineers have worked out all the kinks and the price driven down to make it an affordable tool to use to enhance learning for learners of all ages, in school and in the workforce.

Below are some good reviews to get one acquainted with the product and provides a glimpse of what it can do and why this product is one to watch for making a change in the way we look at teaching and student learning.

Check out this YouTube Video, that is mind-blowing in educational possibilities for our future with preparing tomorrow’s leaders for any industry. Microsoft HoloLens-Transform your World with Holograms

A Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens by Sean Hollister on CNet.com

Education and Technology…Blogs to Read to Stay Current and use as a Resource

The 2016 Must Read Education and Technology Blogs by Ed TECH Focus on K-12.

The Top 10 EdTech Blogs by http://www.Brainscape.com

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning website is very cool and offers a plethora for resources for educational leaders. The site offers blogs to follow and products to use to enhance any learning environment.

Continual Learning Across the Industries

Since we should always be learning new ways to perfect our craft, regardless of industry, this is a great site for professional development and human resource  leaders as well. Learning needs to be engaging for all learners, regardless of their age or level of education. SnackNation, conducted a survey and came up with some out-of-the-box blogs that share ideas on how to make your employees feel validated and engaged in whatever it is you as a manager, leader or employer have to offer.

In an age where after a 30 second sound bite, we lose interest, gleaning some perspective and new ideas from those with whom we want to engage, so they can lead our industries into tomorrow might not be a bad idea.

Human Resource Blogs

The Top 30 HR Blogs for High Performance HR Professionals by http://www.snacknation.com

Capella University’s 6 Must Read Blogs for HR Professionals

Great Leadership -A blog for a leader/manager at any level. This blog also shared best practices and tools to use with your team. e.g. Individual Performance Plans etc.

Strategic Human Capital Management A useful resource for an HR manager or leader in any industry.

As I transition from my role as a traditional education leader as a school principal into more of an education leader within the world of human resources,  I will share all the good sites and resources I discover. Life after all, is just one large volume of multiple lessons…

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

 

 

 

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We are Called to Inspire our Students even in the Last Few Weeks of School…Remember the “Why” in Choosing to Teach


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We have limited days left with our students.

What a blessing it has been to greet them each morning as they enter our building, our classroom. To be able to tell them they can learn the impossible and see that which is not visible. Be a caregiver, boo-boo healer, magician, entertainer, disciplinarian and mentor. To be a dispenser of hope and a well of motivation and inspiration. Provide them examples to model after and to strive to emulate.

What a blessing it has been to be all we are called to be to them this school year.

We as educational support staff, teachers and administrators  have modeled for those placed in our care more than we will ever know.

Hopefully, we have modeled positive conflict resolution, how to demonstrate and hopefully deal with disappointment and frustration, how to be kind in words and actions and how to forgive.

Our students have watched and listened to our words and actions.

As one who who chooses to work within the world of education, teach and inspire our future leaders of tomorrow, this is so very important for us to remember.
Let us have faith that the seeds and examples we have planted and provide will be watered to bear fruit for many years to come.

May the last few weeks of school be all that you hoped this school year would be …on the first day of school!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things-

Denise

Principal

St. Augustine Catholic School

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@dballwriter and @principal567

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Never Underestimate the Power of Believing in a Child

As educators, we have been blessed with an awesome responsibility to educate the whole child to become productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

As an administrator, one of the blessings of my job is to help my faculty and staff be the best they can be in the lives of those placed in their care.

Simple reminders:

*to greet students at the door and actually “see” them each day

*to remember that as an educator, we are the rational adult called to model behaviors for our students…forgiveness, flexibility, humor, compassion etc.

*it is okay for students to know that mistakes have been made or something is not “known” …demonstrate how to build the muscle of “recovery” and “collaboration”

Never underestimate the power we have in lifting up our students to new heights…if you BELIEVE they will ACHIEVE!

 

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Recommended Book for Fall: “Disrupting Class, How Disruptive Innovation will Change the Way the World Learns” by Clayton Christensen

A fellow principal friend of mine recommended I read, “Disrupting Class, How Disruptive Innovation will Change the Way the World Learns” by Clayton Christensen.  Those who have worked beside me throughout my educational career, know that I champion those students with “energy” and I encourage my faculty to change the lens in which they look at the students of today, if we want to create leaders for tomorrow….being a leader takes energy!  Christensen’s book has been such a wonderful and inspiring read, that I thought I would share with our readers.

“If we hope to stay competitive-academically, economically, and technically, we need to rethink our understanding of intelligence, reevaluate our educational system, and reinvigorate our commitment to learning. In other words, we need “disruptive learning.”

This book is an educators’ dream with hard data to back up suggested strategies. Christensen discusses topics like, “The potential for customized learning in student-centric classrooms” to “How to implement computer-based learning”.  This book is not for those who like to ready the glossy sections visually created to stimulate the educator buyer but for those deep thinkers who continue to embrace Maxine Green’s Reflective Practitioner model.  However, do not be discouraged if you like pictures, Christensen has added some really great graphs that display data and demonstrate his thoughts for the visual learner.

As a curriculum designer by training and education, I was most drawn to his chapters on “A Model for Organizational Design” and “Innovation and Organizational Structures in Public Schools”. Christensen states that those engaged in innovation, will encounter problems. He cites the problems and the types of “teams” it takes to solve these areas of need within a school.  He provides the reader a “real-life” visual application to help explain his perspective.  Although I am a principal in a private, Catholic school, I have a team of 50+ and I find his perspectives and strategies thought-provoking.

Given this, if you are looking for a new book to read for professional development or a graduate level paper, I highly recommend this book.

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

“Disrupting Class, How Disruptive Innovation will Change the Way the World Learns”

As always, we appreciate our readers, all the great feedback and the recommendations. Thank you for sharing the good in education and sharing your thoughts with us!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Five Week Syllabus for Literature Utilizing the “Ranger’s Apprentice” by John Flanagan

Week of July 15

  • Lesson 1-Identify three main characters and provide a description of each
  • Lesson 2-Provide a chapter review for chapters 1-4 (minimum five sentences per chapter)

Week of July 22

  • Lesson 3-Write a paragraph summary for each of the following chapters: 5-10

Week of July 29

  • Lesson 5-Write an essay, minimum five paragraphs describing chapters 11-20
  • Describe what was exciting; What are the characters doing; How is Will holding up?

Week of August 5

  • Lesson 7-Create a graphic organizer describing chapters 21-29 (a few images are nice too 🙂

Week of August 12

  • Lesson 9-Write an after action essay, in the voice of “Will” on how he feels after all the experiences he has had in the book.

When done, visit John Flanagan’s great website and E-N-J-O-Y!

http://www.rangersapprentice.com/

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Five Week Math Summer Syllabus for 7th Graders with Video Recommendations

Happy Thankful Thursday Everyone,

I am in the process of creating a summer syllabus for each discipline for the average 7th grader to use for review. All assignments are correlated to the Common Core State Standards or the State of Michigan GCLE’s.

Upon looking at the math curriculum expectations, below is a basic review of some of the essential concepts.

Week of July 15

 

Visit the following site and watch the video on how to convert between fractions and decimals:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/decimals/decimal_to_fraction/v/decimals-and-fractions

  • Rounding Worksheet
  • Fractions and Decimals Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the video, please provide a title for summary

Week of July 22

Visit the following site and watch the video on how to multiply decimals:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/decimals/multiplying_decimals/v/multiplying-decimals

  • Adding/Subtracting Integers Worksheet
  • Multiplying Decimals Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the video, please provide a title for summary

Week of July 29

Visit the following site and watch the videos on how to graph inequalities and order of operations:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/trigonometry/graphs/graphing_inequalities/v/graphing-inequalities

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/multiplication-division/order_of_operations/v/order-of-operations

  • Inequalities and their Graphs Worksheet
  • Order of Operations Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the videos, what did you learn? Please provide a title for summary

Week of August 5

Visit the following site and watch the videos on divisibility of factors and factorization:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/factors-multiples/divisibility_tests/v/divisibility-tests-for-2–3–4–5–6–9–10

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/factors-multiples/prime_factorization/v/prime-factorization

  • Divisibility and Factors Worksheet
  • Factors and Factorization  Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the videos, what did you learn? Please provide a title for summary

Week of August 12

Visit the following site and watch the videos on Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/polynomials/multiplying_polynomials/v/monomial-greatest-common-factor

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/factors-multiples/least_common_multiple/v/least-common-multiple

  • Greatest Common Factor Worksheet
  • Least Common Multiple Worksheet

Happy learning!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Online Virtual Tours …A Wonderful Classroom Resource

Hello Everyone,

Our Unlock the Teacher LLC team has been very busy writing but we are always on the lookout for great educational resources to share.  Below is a list of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G online virtual tours that parent or teacher can utilize as a curriculum resource or for some learning fun!  Please check them out and let us know which tour your child(ren) or students liked best.  When we all come together and share best practices, it is our students, our future who benefit.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

A Hotlist of Virtual Field TripsAn Internet Hotlist on Virtual Field Tripscreated by Group Project

Introduction | Math | Science | The Arts | Social Studies | Language Arts


Introduction

Need to spice up that old lesson?…..check out these great virtual field trips…


The Internet Resources

Math

Science

Language Arts

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Unlock the Teacher is Thrilled to Share a New Teacher Author

"If I Could be a Monster" Written by RoseAnn McHugh~2nd Grade Teacher

“If I Could be a Monster” Written by Rose Ann McHugh~2nd Grade Teacher

 

The Unlock the Teacher team is proud to share If I Could be a Monster a creative eBook written by one of our favorite 2nd grade teachers Rose Ann McHugh.  Rose Ann not only wrote this book, she illustrated it too!  She has been sitting on all these wonderful book ideas for years and one day her and I had a conversation about Mysteries on the Beach and how fun it is to write and publish and eBook… and before I knew it she was sharing this very special book with me; it is sure to delight the minds of many young people.

Please check out Rose Ann McHugh’s first book, “If I Could be a Monster” on sale now at Barnes and Noble.com

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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An Innovative Program for Helping Students Succeed…Sharing the Good in Education

Given that Unlock the Teacher LLC was founded on the principal of sharing the good in education, we look for this good where ever we go.  In the grocery store, at Starbuck’s, the local library and most importantly at the schools we are blessed to work in.

We wanted to share a wonderful educational program we are following and hope that it might plant a seed for another school looking to add a resource room to their school.

St. Regis Educare – An Innovative Program for Helping Students Succeed

St. Regis Educare (SRE) is a newly created program serving the students of St. Regis Catholic Elementary and Academy, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The SRE program is staffed by three certified teachers who are dedicated to supporting the varied needs of St. Regis students. Based on the premise that each student has unique gifts and talents, with different learning styles and academic abilities, SRE supports teachers in providing differentiated instruction within and outside the classroom. In keeping with the St. Regis mission: Respect, Educate, Give, Inspire, and Support, SRE is dedicated to respecting individual students’ needs and supporting and inspiring them to reach their fullest academic potential.

The service provided in this program is more than a library of resources for teachers and parents. It is more than a place where students can come for help with their homework. It is a professionally staffed center for learning, where students attend workshops, join literature circles, compete in Math competitions, and follow academic plans designed specifically to meet their individual needs.

SRE Services

St. Regis Educare provides three different types of assistance/enrichment for students. They work with individuals and small groups needing assistance or enrichment in academic subject areas. They  provide workshops to help students with concepts such as grammar or study skills, and  work with individuals and small groups on specific skills such as comprehension strategies or counting money. In order to make the concepts they are enhancing engaging, they  integrate technology, and utilize manipulatives, hands-on activities, and use modeling to help students achieve their goals.

With all this, they also provide the following benefits for teachers: assessments, which they will design and/or administer upon request; a central repository for teacher resources and reference books; and documented processes and forms to make using our services less complicated. To help bridge the ever widening need between parent and school, they provide a central repository for parent resources, and are in the process of planning workshops for parents, so they can learn new ways to help their children succeed in school.

Development of the Program

This school year, St. Regis Educare has evolved from an idea and an empty office, into a focal point of learning for students in need of assistance or enrichment, as well as a central location for student, teacher, and parent resources.

Some highlights include:

  • A room that is now both inviting and functional for assisting students
  • Resource materials, games, technology, and manipulatives that are arranged by subject matter on labeled shelves for easy access
  • Documented processes and forms that are based on research of best practices and collaboration with professionals both in and outside the school
  • An extensive list of services designed to meet the varied needs of our students

As of this writing, at least one student or group from every grade, is being serviced by SRE, and they have had an abundance of positive comments from students, parents, and teachers who are grateful for the expertise and supportive of this team’s efforts. It is too soon in the development of the program to provide concrete results; however, I plan to monitor this program’s progress …stay tuned!

If your school or community is doing something great to help students, teachers or parents, please share.  It is in the collaborative model that we all rise to the level in which we have the potential to be.

May we all continue to seek knowledge in all things~

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20,000 Views…we can do it!

Thank you to all of our readers, who have been supporting our work as we have taking the last 1.5 years to write our series of books…stay tuned, work on our academic eBooks and get back int he schools to conduct professional development and student workshops.

Our entire team feels so blessed to be able to do what we do for the betterment of the educational process…for parents, teachers and most importantly for the child(ren).

Please continue to share the good in education, share your favorite learning tool here with our readers and seek to see the good in the life of those children that are placed before you…they are our future!

Together we can do great things!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher Team

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