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Monday, February 21, 2011

Guided Inquiry Unit - Librarian and Teachers:)

Guided inquiry, as Carol Collier Kuhlthau envisions it, is a model based on collaboration between the classroom teacher and the librarian.  Sadly, many schools in Maine no longer have full time librarians.  Rumford Elementary does, Eileen Broderick. Eileen collaborates with teachers using the guided inquiry model Kuhlthau proposed.

During this one hour webinar, Eileen and her team mate, Denise Richard, will review a unit on animals they have co-taught.  The presentation is teacher friendly.  Viewers will be amazed by the level of thinking these students demonstrate.

Please join us on March 3, 2011 - 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Topic:  A librarian and elementary (4th) classroom teacher present a guided inquiry unit  (science) 
            on  animals.
  
Presenters: Eileen Broderick, librarian
                     Denise Richard, classroom teacher


To take part in the webinar click on this link: http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/bp2011/
   




*Audio access to the meetings will be conducted via phone bridge.  To help participants connect by phone, a box will appear asking for their phone number so the Connect conference room can call them back.
Those using a telephone with a direct-dial phone number, should accept this option, enter their phone number, and the conference room will call them right back.
Those who have a telephone with no direct-line phone number (if their phone is only reached by a switchboard), should click on CANCEL when the call-back box appears, then dial-in to the meeting using this access combination:
·         Dial-in 1-866-910-4857
·         Password 985399
Detailed instructions on joining the meeting can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/education/lsalt/paap/materialstools/documents/PK20-2_login_instructions.pdf.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Teahing Reflection in Social Studies/History

Students, now more than every, are being faced with an influx of information.  As we become an integral part of a  global community, they are faced with the challenge of comprehending and evaluating the information surrounding them.  This is a complex process that is seldom thought.  Social Studies and/or History  is the logical content area where these issues can be addressed directly and students can acquire these thinking strategies in meaningful contexts.

Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9 by Sarah Cooper (Apr 28, 2009) is an excellent text written by a middle school/high school teacher.  The book addresses topics like: Global Citizenship:Learning to Evaluate Ethics and Solve Problems and How Opinions Become History: Analyzing Point of View.
Each section addresses standards found in the common core and can be applied to all areas of the content. 
 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Guided Inquiry Unit - First in the Webinar Series! - Don't Miss It!

Date: February 17, 2011
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM


Topic:  A team of middle school and high school teachers present a guided inquiry unit on  the history of Livermore Falls.
  
Presenters: Wendy Moreau, Special Education Director, 
                     Jenna Cote, high school teacher
                      Eric Kobischen, middle school teacher
             
To take part in the webinar click on this link:  http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/bp2011-1/ 


Audio access to the meetings will be conducted via phone bridge.  To help participants connect by phone, a box will appear asking for their phone number so the Connect conference room can call them back.
Those using a telephone with a direct-dial phone number, should accept this option, enter their phone number, and the conference room will call them right back.
Those who have a telephone with no direct-line phone number (if their phone is only reached by a switchboard), should click on CANCEL when the call-back box appears, then dial-in to the meeting using this access combination:
·         Dial-in 1-866-910-4857
·         Password 985399
Detailed instructions on joining the meeting can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/education/lsalt/paap/materialstools/documents/PK20-2_login_instructions.pdf.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Webinar Series on Guided Inquiry

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."  Bill Gates


Now truer words were spoken.  International studies are touting the importance of "blended learning" - a combination of technology use and excellent teaching.


As part of the Title 11 Literacy and Technology pilot we have explored these connections over the last 3 years.  We are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to share excellent guided inquiry units - blended learning at its best - with the master teachers who created them.  Here is the schedule.

All webinars will be conducted from: 3:00-4:00 EST.  


Webinars will be archived after the presentations and will be available on the DOE website.  



Date: February 17, 2011


Topic:  A team of middle school and high school teachers present a guided inquiry unit on  
              the history of Livermore Falls.
  
Presenters: Wendy Moreau, Special Education Director, 
                     Jenna Cote, high school teacher
                      Eric Kobischen, middle school teacher
             
To take part in the webinar click on this link:  http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/bp2011-1/ 
and then follow the directions below.*


Date: March 3, 2011


Topic:  A librarian and elementary (4th) classroom teacher present a guided inquiry unit  (science) 
            on  animals.
  
Presenters: Eileen Broderick, librarian
                     Denise Richard, classroom teacher


To take part in the webinar click on this link: http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/bp2011/

and then follow the directions below.*




Date: March 17, 2011


Topic:  A team of inter-disciplinary high school teachers will share the logistics and 
            technology involved when working on a school wide basis.
  
Presenters: Hattie DeRaps, Alternative Education 
                     Jake Bogar, Physics and Engineering
                     Lisa Dalrymple, Foreign Language Department Head


To take part in the webinar click on this link: http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/bp2011-3/ 
and then follow the directions below.*


*Audio access to the meetings will be conducted via phone bridge.  To help participants connect by phone, a box will appear asking for their phone number so the Connect conference room can call them back.
Those using a telephone with a direct-dial phone number, should accept this option, enter their phone number, and the conference room will call them right back.
Those who have a telephone with no direct-line phone number (if their phone is only reached by a switchboard), should click on CANCEL when the call-back box appears, then dial-in to the meeting using this access combination:
·         Dial-in 1-866-910-4857
·         Password 985399
Detailed instructions on joining the meeting can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/education/lsalt/paap/materialstools/documents/PK20-2_login_instructions.pdf.

More to come in March and April.  We hope you will join us:)