Professional Development

Toxic Tag l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 10

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Students investigate aquatic food chains in the Great Lakes and how some contaminants can bioaccumulate in Great Lakes and inland lake fish through participation in a game called Toxic Tag. (This video lesson highlights activity 5 from lesson 9 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

MEECS Air Quality l The History of Air Pollution: Video Lesson 9

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In this lesson, students create an air pollution history timeline to explore the role of regulations in influencing air quality and about important technological developments that have influenced the lives of individuals throughout history. (This video lesson highlights activity 1 from lesson 6 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

MEECS Air Quality l Major Air Pollutants: Video Lesson 5

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Students explore a variety of common air pollutants, how they are formed, and their health and environmental effects through a matching activity that reviews information from the play, One Breath at a Time (featured in MEECS Air Quality video lesson 4). (This video lesson highlights activity 3 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

Series Preview | Dropping Back In

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Preview KET's Dropping Back In, a four-part series focusing on the cost to individuals and communities of the 40 million adults without a high school diploma in America. The series also tells the compelling and inspiring personal stories of dropouts who have dropped back in and created a better life for themselves and their families. 

 

Ideas in Action: Group Strategically

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In this video from Making the Case, Phil Daro, a developer of the Common Core Standard for Mathematics, explains how group work can help students learn math content and provides opportunities for argumentation and critique. It is important to structure groups so that they are productive, students are working to understand each other, and the right level of support and challenge are present among members of the group.

Language Support

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This video from Making the Case shows teachers from different math classrooms at Everett Alvarez Jr. High School in Salinas California, which serves a highly diverse student body including many English Language Learners. The teachers explain and demonstrate strategies they use to support the Common Core Standard for Mathematical Practice on argumentation and critique.

Community Partnerships Helping Students in School

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Learn how Harrison High School in Evansville, IN is using community partnerships to support students in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. Reconnecting Youth is a nonprofit organization that helps bring social workers into schools. High school students often need help balancing school, work and their social lives. Social workers help students improve their time management and communication skills. When students feel more connected to school, they begin to see how they fit in and how they can contribute to their communities. Use the resources in the Support Materials section below to help students improve their communication skills.

Mr. Brown | 180 Days: Hartsville

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Where do role models come from? What effect does it have on a young Black boy to have a young male teacher who looks like him, early in his schooling? Mr. Brown connects with his students.

Moving Beyond the Classroom

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In this professional development video from Getting Results, Dr. John Bransford, professor of education at the University of Washington School of Education, as well as instructors and students from an aquarium science class, talk about how to make course content relevant through first-hand experiences with labs and connections to the community. As an example, the instructors bring in an aquarium director as a guest lecturer. The students then conduct an experiment. Afterwards, they go to the aquarium to see the same technology used in a professional context.

PBCL Stage 4: Problem Analysis

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In Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL), student teams develop and present solutions to real-world problems. In this video from Making Learning Real, an instructor talks about using PBCL in his architectural design class where his students are tasked with the problem of designing a college wellness center. He describes a PBCL tool, the Need To Know Board (NTKB), as a "thought process board" and explains how students use the board to identify facts, assumptions, questions, and resources. The video then shows the students visiting an industry expert—a construction site superintendent—out in the field where they put their questions to him. Based on his answers and their field observations, the students move forward with developing a plan for the wellness center.

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