Assignments & Resources

Pre-Conference

Write:

Prompt: What draws you to teaching? Why do you want to become a teacher? Share your hopes and dreams with your NENTS colleagues by posting them to this shared Google Doc.

 

Do:

Watch and reflect upon the videos on the video page to get a sense of what you will be asked to do yourself.  

 

Take the time to complete the personal survey.

Read:

Chapter 1 of Make It Stick - Peter Brown, Mark McDaniel and Henry Roediger

 

"The Pedagogical Implications of Cognitive Science Research" - John Murray

 

"Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning" - John Dunlosky

"Click Here: The Technology of Retrieval Practice in the Classroom" - Scott MacClintic

Monday

Homework for tonight:

  • Collaborative writing assignment to add to shared Google Doc

    • Make a list of key ideas and observations from today’s workshops to share in discussion tomorrow. 

 

  • Reflective writing (in your journal):

    • Keeping in mind the teacher you identified earlier, and what you learned about your own learning preferences and how your brain works, did that teacher effectively teach you? If not, why were you drawn to them? 

    • Can you identify another teacher (who may not have made your list earlier) who did effectively teach you? What did they do differently? 

Add questions and to-do items to your Beginning the Year Checklist

Tuesday

Resources for Understanding IEPs & Learning Plans:

 

Write (in your journal):

  • Reflect upon the diversity of individual stories and experiences of the students you are preparing to teach. How do these insights impact your planning to create a safe and effective learning environment for them? What support might students need from you? What tools do you need to develop or acquire? What support do you need to be engaged in the process of becoming an anti-racist educator? What gets added to or changed on your teacher checklist?

Read and Experiment:

  • Read "Backward Design" from Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

  • Continue working on your lessons

Wednesday

Write:

Reflect upon the potential diversity of individual stories and experiences of the students you are preparing to teach. How do these insights impact your planning to create a safe and effective learning environment for these students? What support might they need from you? What tools do you need to develop or acquire? What gets added to or changed on your teacher checklist?

Do:

Complete preparations for both in-person and asynchronous lessons.

Use lesson planning resources in binder.

Thursday

Write:

  • Complete plans for first day of class.

  • Distill your reflections throughout the week. Map out the top four or five components that cultivate an effective learning environment that you wish to focus on this year. Using your readings and experienced from this week, justify why these items are on your list.

  • Create a checklist for yourself that will allow you to stay sane and balanced.

 

Be sure to complete evaluation before leaving.

Additional Readings