Professional Development

Self-Care for Educators: Video Clip | Staff Meeting: Self Care

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In one scene in The Bad Kids, we witness a Black Rock High School staff meeting illustrating how educators maintain a high level of personal and emotional involvement by supporting one another in many capacities. This clip can be used with the professional development training around self-care for educators.

Ideas in Action: Visit Other Classrooms

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In this video from Making the Case, math teachers Leticia Lopez and Eddie Torres plan lessons together, and later will observe each other’s classrooms. Visiting other classes provides a chance for teachers to listen for student arguments, to how they form conjectures, present reasoning and critique one another. Observing this in another teacher’s classroom can improve a teacher’s ability to implement the argumentation and critique standard in the Common Core Standards in Mathematical Practice.

Cafe Hope | Dropping Back In

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Cafe Hope, a farm-to-table restaurant, was created to help young adults of the greater New Orleans area develop self-sufficiency. From learning how to make gumbo and sweet potato biscuits from scratch, to developing communication prowess and understanding responsibility for kitchen equipment and cleanliness, student apprentices find they are now valued. Approximately 70 percent of the apprentices who complete the Cafe Hope program find restaurant industry employment. See more resources at KET's Dropping Back In collection page.

Engaging Students in Lecture and Lab

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In this professional development video from Getting Results, students and their instructors discuss how lab time reinforces what is taught in lecture. One instructor says his goal is to prepare students through lecture, and then apply the learning in a lab. In this video, the students have to understand a mathematical function in order to make a robot work. When students get frustrated in the lab, the instructor guides them with questions. One student says the lab gets results for students by “hammering home” the content. The instructor concurs, saying that he avoids telling his students how to do the problem. Instead, he encourages them to grapple with it themselves.

PBCL Stage 9: Feedback & Evaluation

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With Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL), students work in teams to develop and present solutions to real-world problems. In this video from Making Learning Real, students in an HTML class present their Web sites to the leader of a local non-profit. Then the instructor explains how she evaluates students’ work and talks about some of the project’s outcomes.

Adapting Environments for Individuals with Vision Loss – Darick Wright

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Learn how lighting, glare, contrast, and color can either enhance or distort the school, work, or home environment of people with visual impairments, in these videos produced by Perkins School for the Blind. Using camera techniques to emphasize the appearance of environments with and without these elements, each video provides tips for assessing an environment and choosing the best design adaptation to improve visual information.

Teaching Tips | PBS KIDS Adventures

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Below, you will find a series of videos of a teacher demonstrating how to use the PBS KIDS digital resources in context of the Afterschool and Summer Adventures programs. These 3-4 minute tutorials provide tips on how to use educational media in out-of-school settings.

How to Manage Group Exploration of the Outdoors | PLUM LANDING

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Join Outdoor Educator Jessie Scott as he shares his strategies for exploring the outdoors with a crowd in this video from PLUM LANDING. As Jessie explains, managing a large group during outdoor exploration can be overwhelming – but it’s easier than you might think to keep things on track. Key strategies include setting the stage; redirecting disruptive children, keeping things interesting; and knowing where everyone is at all times.

RUFF RUFFMAN: Ask Ruff Ruffman: Squeaky Toy Edition

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Focusing on searching safely on the internet, the much-loved character Ruff Ruffman addresses some of the questions kids have about technology and media use, in this animated video from RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS. With his uniquely comical style, Ruff helps guide students in responsibly navigating this twenty-first century skill. This resource is part of the RUFF RUFFMAN: HUMBLE MEDIA GENIUS Collection.

Threats and Protections for Michigan’s Biodiversity l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 10

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Using events from Michigan’s environmental history, students identify examples of threats to biodiversity. Students then apply knowledge of cause-and effect relationships to identify examples of historical events that threaten or offer protection to Michigan’s biodiversity. Students answer these essential questions: How is Michigan’s biodiversity threatened? What are examples of protections for biodiversity? What are examples of protections for biodiversity? (This video lesson highlights activity 2 from lesson 8 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.) 

 

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