Wednesday April 1st PM Sessions
Minecraft - Pixels to Pedagogy
Aaron Sweet, Newark
Minecraft is a game-based learning platform that offers you a transformative way to engage your students and ignite their passion for learning. Minecraft can be applied to any age and subject with awesome 'ready-to-use' lessons and ideas! Minecraft promotes collaboration, communication, planning, execution, and helps build '22nd Century Skills.' Oh, and you can code with Minecraft too!
Personalized Profiles and Instructional Pathways
Laura DeYoung, Jenna Atkins & Ellen Lloyd, Marion
In this session participants will learn about how to identify different sources of student data and how to analyze that data to create individual student instructional profiles. Additionally, we will share how those instructional profiles are used to form groups and to help determine students' instructional path in both WIN groups and core instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to share best practices, so please bring your favorite data analysis tools and student grouping ideas to share with the group! Participants should also bring a device and recent student data (writing samples, running reading records, unit test results, iReady results, exit tickets, etc.). There will be time for teachers to use their own student data to apply what they have learned.
Year Four: Enduring “Lessons” from our PL Journey
Jennifer Bartlett-Prati, Chris Puylara & Marty Rotz, Romulus
In year four of personalized learning, how has our culture and instruction changed at Romulus? In this session, we will share how the work we did around personalized learning changed our teachers, changed our instruction and changed our students--for better and worse.
Students Take the Wheel
Stacey Baxter, Anna Brouse & Shanelle France, Geneva
Self Reflection and Student Ownership are a critical part of the core elements for personalizing student learning. Once done successfully, a classroom will begin to thrive. Students will feel empowered, motivated, and academic/behavioral growth will occur. Join us as we share the journey of how teachers and coaches work together to empower students.
An Alternative Approach to Alternative Education
Carrie Goodell, Victor
After losing their traditional alternative high school several years ago, Victor High School found itself struggling to meet the needs of at-risk students. After visitations to model programs, VSHS was determined to create an inclusive alternative program that kept at-risk students immersed in the school building/community. This commitment, coupled with an interest in personalized learning, helped us to develop a successful programming plan that supports students with unique profiles. This session will focus on the structure/mission of the program, highlight student success stories, and will provide resources used in our process around alternative programming decisions.
Neuroscience of Well-Being: Empowering Kids by Teaching Brain Architecture
Kyle Inda & Anneke Radin-Snaith, Naples
Although educators strive daily to increase learning for students, we spend very little time exploring the primary structure of learning, the brain, and even less time considering its impact on the soft skills of well-being. Deepen your understanding of brain architecture while exploring some of the neuroscience behind well-being such as growth mindset and mindfulness. What does neuroscience have to offer in teaching well being? We will discuss the implications for our own teaching as well as the benefits of teaching kids about the architecture of their own brains.
What's On Your Playlist?
April Seeley, Honeoye
In this session, participants will learn how playlists can be used to differentiate and personalize instruction. We will focus on how playlists work, as well as examine sample playlists utilized in an ELA class, math class, and Resource Room. In addition to providing a method for meeting the needs of all students, participants will explore how playlist-based instruction can furnish students with greater choice opportunities and motivation, as a means to increase ownership for meeting academic objectives, while simultaneously giving teachers more time to implement small group support. Time will be built into the workshop for participants to create their own playlist, with guidance from the instructor.
The Power of Student-Led Conferences
Kelley Johnson & Kyle Gobe, Penn Yan
Learn how the implementation of school-wide student-led conferences increases student reflection and ownership as well as parent involvement. During this session, participants will understand the purpose of this structure as well as how to put processes in place that support successful implementation.
Empowering Students Through Reflection & Feedback
Tim Padden, Ben Herendeen & Emily Seneca, Sodus
Student reflection and ownership is one of the key elements to personalized learning, yet is often one of the most difficult goals to achieve. In this session we will examine how students at an elementary level can be empowered to take more ownership over their learning by participating in student led conferences as well as explore how quality feedback can be provided to students in a digital format using screencasting and Google Forms. In both instances students become more empowered and invested in the learning process, regardless of grade level, by interacting with teacher feedback in new ways.
Setting the Stage for a Whole Child PL Classroom
Jacki Mader & Melissa Reeves, Gananda
This workshop will allow teachers time to explore the physical set-up of their classroom (and how it impacts the climate and culture of their class), as well as delving deeper into knowing your students and creating positive classroom families.
An App, A Toy, & A Strategy
Jerry Scoppa, Palmyra-Macedon
OK, Hive Minds Unite! Come to find out about a new app, a new tech toy, or a new strategy. The purpose of this session is to learn about some new things to do in the classroom. Have a great app, toy, or strategy to share? Jump on in and share it with the rest of us! Links to the apps, toys, and strategies will be shared so you can bring it back to your district.
Spice Up Your Content with Newsela
Kathy Uerz & Suellen Terranova, Wayne
Newsela is an incredibly valuable resource for giving students and teachers choice in what they read in all content areas. It provides teachers and students with content that’s active and engaging, relatable and real. It empowers teachers to select the best content for their students while giving administrators the assurance that all content is vetted and aligned to standards. Students also have the power to select articles of interest and track their own learning and teachers can interact with students in real time as they work.