Monday, December 17, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 12/17

Upcoming Dates
* December 21st - Early Release (Elementary/Intermediate @ 12:00, MS/HS @ 1:00 - Merry Christmas!
* January 7th - Lesson Fixer Upper
* January 8th - Campus Workday
* January 9th - New Teacher Meeting @ 3:45 at Central Office
* January 10th - 2nd Grade Report Card Meeting @ 3:30 at Central Office

Article on Strategies for Slow-Working Students

Jennifer Gonzales, author of Cult of Pedagogy Blog reposted this great article about strategies to use for slow-working students. Check out some great strategies she discusses that work with all students!

5 Ways to Display YouTube in Class Without “Related” Content
This article highlights five tools that you can use to display YouTube videos without showing the related video suggestions and comments -

What is Formative Data?
Feedback is essential to a student’s learning story. That same feedback helps students set goals and determine what they have learned or not learned yet. How are students getting meaningful feedback in class and from their assessment evidence? -

Sunday, December 9, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 12/10

Upcoming Dates
*December 10th - Board Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
*December 11th - Bilingual Coaching @ MMV (Emelia Ahmed)
*December 12th - Bilingual Coaching @ Fort (Emelia Ahmed), Relay Cohort @ 4:00 @ Fort
*December 14th - Paraprofessional Brunch
*December 21st - Early Release (Elementary/Intermediate @12:00, MS/HS @ 1:00 - Merry Christmas!

Fountas and Pinnell Resource
Building Momentum in Schools is a great resource for K-2 teachers. This website explains how the Fountas and Pinnell reading levels work and provides some great resources for parents. You will find some great flyers to send home to parents based on reading levels.

BrainPop has wonderful resources, lessons, and at home connections for families. Take a look at their educator site to access all the great content they have to offer - 

Beyond Hour of Code
So many of our students participated in Hour of Code last week. Thank you for introducing and/or reinforcing computer science concepts with our students. Here’s blog post to extend Hour of Code
past the first week of December!

Monday, December 3, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 12/3

Upcoming Dates
* December 3rd - English I EOC, Learn2Lead Meeting @ 4:00 @ CO
* December 4th - Algebra I EOC, Literacy Coaching @ MMV with (Jayne Knighton)
* December 5th - English II EOC, Benchmark Assessment System Training with Debbie Jarzombek, K-8 Textbook Adoption Meeting @ CO (2:30 p.m.)
* December 6th - Biology EOC, Literacy Coaching @ Fort (Jayne Knighton)
* December 7th - US History EOC
* December 10th - Board Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
* December 11th - Bilingual Coaching @ MMV (Emelia Ahmed)
* December 12th - PBMAS Meeting with Core Team @ 8:30 @ CO Training Room), Bilingual Coaching @ Fort (Emelia Ahmed),
* December 14th - Paraprofessional Brunch

Education Galaxy Lift Off
Struggling learners need extra support. Liftoff will build confidence for your at-risk students and provide the support and instruction they need to improve.
* First, students take an adaptive diagnostic to determine their level on a variety of skills.
* Once their level is determined, students work at that level and quickly elevate to more difficult concepts.
* Alien Explanations provide immediate instructional videos for every missed question.
* Games, collectible rockets, and alien rankings, make Liftoff fun and engaging for students.
* Video overview -

Education Galaxy does not automatically make Lift Off available to all students. Teachers need to activate Lift Off for their students. Here’s a video showing how to do this:
* Activate Education Galaxy Lift Off:

Studies Weekly
It seems that sometimes, Studies Weekly automatically assigns the publications to students based on their grade level. Sometimes, it doesn't. We called Studies Weekly and they can’t say why this happens!

If yours is an account that's not assigning publications automatically, here's what you need to do.
* Sign in to your teacher account.
* Go to Classes, Manage Publications
Assign the publications to students in this location.