District Spotlight Archives
ClassDojo // Teacher Spotlight // Morgane Stewart With ClassDojo, teachers can reward students with positive feedback in real time when they show good exertion in a task or activity in class. Morgane Stewart at Pinecrest Elementary personally uses ClassDojo to reward positive behavior, communicate with parents, and share what’s going on in class via photos and video. Rather than using a clip chart for behavior in her class, Mrs. Stewart uses ClassDojo. Students earn points when they exhibit the positive behaviors she is looking for and she may also take away points for less desirable behaviors and use the opportunities to reteach behavior expectations.
Nancy Skubinna // Teacher Spotlight! Nancy Skubinna teaches Physical Education at Donley Elementary. Like all teachers, Nancy works with her building administrator to comply with Michigan’s educator evaluation law. In previous years, Nancy has submitted supporting evidence, such as lesson plans and student resources, to her principal in hard copy. Nancy set a personal goal to migrate her evaluation content online this year. She envisioned supporting evidence for each domain of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching within its own folder in OneDrive that she could build upon and add to as the school year progressed. It has also been her personal goal for the last two years to improve her ability to use technology both in communications with other ELPS staff as well as use it proficiently in her instruction with her students.
Teacher Spotlight: Megan Gracik and Michaela Norman [April 2017] For 45 years, people around the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd. Earth Day commemorates the gift we have received in this living planet, and refreshes and kindles anew the commitment of people everywhere to treasure and preserve their natural environment. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. In honor of Earth Day, first grade teachers Megan Gracik and Michaela Norman wanted their students to take on a project that reached more than just the lives inside their classroom. They chose to create a recycling PSA using iMovie to help educate their student peers.
Teacher Spotlight: Tyne Sanders & Catherine Hunt Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows students to share aspects of their story using digital tools. It takes the ancient art of oral storytelling and engages the palette of technical tools to weave personal tales using images, graphics, music, and sound mixed together with the author's own story voice. After teaching students the routines and procedures of writing workshop at the beginning of the year, Tyne Sanders & Catherine Hunt love to jump into personal narratives with their students. Kids love to tell stories about themselves and their lives, so writing personal narratives comes naturally to many of them!
Technology Professional Development Technology & Media Services offers one-on-one and group support for teachers all throughout the school year as well as in the summer. Instructional technology activities qualify as professional development under section 1526 and section 1527 if the activity leads to new knowledge about using technology-enhanced methods and strategies to enhance student learning. This means you can schedule technology professional development before school, after school and on your prep and have it count toward your voluntary district provided PD hours (professional development that is being counted as instructional time as allowed by Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) Section 388.1701 Section 101(10), may only occur when students are not already receiving instruction). Request PD by (1) going to www.eastlansingPD.weebly.com, (2) going to www.elps.us > STAFF > Request Tech PD or (3) contact Technology & Media Services directly.