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Tentative Agenda for September 12, 2008

Housekeeping - 4:00 - 4:15

  • Roll
  • First week reports
  • Wiki Issues - How to sign in and post

Insights & Issues - 4:15 - 4:45

Nominate topics that you would like for us to address in class here. (Type, type 3 tildes, then save.)

I am assuming we need to attend parent teacher conferences? (Jamie) - Yes. (We discussed this in class)

Professionalizing Our Practice - 4:45 - 5:00

Type three tildes next to the topics you feel would be most useful to you.

  • Classroom Management - Basic Tips & Tricks
    • "Control" v. "Community"
    • Fight or flight mode, teacher non-verbal signals and posture, and what to do when a student chooses to "flee"
    • Lower Your Voice
    • Sing With Me
    • Stop, Stare, Wait

  • Emergencies
    • Bomb threats
    • Classroom 72-hour kit and other emergency preparations
    • Health emergencies (diabetes, heat-related emergencies, seizure-related emergencies)
    • Lights out
    • Managing the Media
    • To call or not to call 911
    • "Touring" the emergency information, supplies, and procedures for your classroom with students

Swap Shop - 5:00 - 5:15

Did you create an activity for your classes that worked well? Are you planning an activity for your classes that you'd like to test on us? If and when you do, sign up below to share with us by typing the name of the activity and then typing 3 tildes.

True Colors - This little assessment proved very useful to my classes last year. I invite you to take it online (5 min. task) and either print your results or write them down so you can see the interpretations - chericem1 chericem1

Teacher Work Sample - 5:15 - 5:30

What questions do you have about this? Please post them here.

You and your mentor teacher may decide to modify these forms and distribute them (in preparation for your Teacher Work Sample, Professional Portfolio, etc.):

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