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October 2014 Blog Posts (18)

Goals for This Year

10/28- Today I participated in a 1:1 meeting with Dr. Liz Berquist to talk about upcoming goals for returning PLC members.

During our dialogue, I established a goal for this year:

I will explore new strategies for supporting executive functioning in the learning environment.  Although I feel comfortable designing lessons that consider other UDL Guidelines, I have very few…


Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on October 31, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Goals for 14-15

Met on Oct. 29 to discuss goals for this school year.  My goal for this year is to help my students self-regulate during instruction.

Added by Kristen Campbell on October 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Attend Afterschool UDL PLC Meeting

Today I attended the first face-to-face meeting for the UDL PLC.  We reviewed expectations, rubrics and set goals for the year.  We worked collaboratively to set the goals so that new members were working together while veteran members were working together.

Added by Christine Pipkin on October 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Yearly Goal

This year I would like to focus on the Engagement column of the UDL Guidelines.  As a new STAT teacher, I need to provide multiple ways to engage my learners, who are essentially teachers in the building.  I am still in the recruiting interest section and would like to move down the column so that teachers begin to call on me to help them become expert learners.

Added by Christine Pipkin on October 28, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Afterschool UDL PLC Meeting 10/28

At the afterschool meeting today we discussed the course expectations and goals.  My goal for the year (working with Christine Pipken and Josh Carbin) is focusing on Multiple Means of Engagement as a whole.  We want to try to move down the column instead of just staying at the top with recruiting interest.

Added by Abigail Conway on October 28, 2014 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Goals for the Year

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, I intend to implement a plethora of UDL goals into my instructional development plan. Ideally, I would like to develop a UDL-centered lesson at least once a week. Furthermore, I intend to integrate educational technology such as iPads into at least one lesson per every two weeks.

Added by Josh Carbin on October 28, 2014 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

UDL Meeting

Today, October 28, 2014, I meet with my colleagues in the UDL PLC to discuss expectations and future goal setting.  My goal I decided  to focus on: facilitate personal coping skills and strategies.   

Added by Kimberly Miller on October 28, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

UDL Meeting on 10/28/14

Today I met with my colleagues to discuss expectations and goal-setting. My goal is to provide options for self-regulation. My focus is to (a) promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation and (b) facilitate personal coping skills and strategies. 

Added by Chaimelle Walton on October 28, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

PLC meeting

Today I attended a PLC meeting with my colleagues to discuss expectations and set goals for the year.

My goal is to develop options for self-assessment and reflections.

Added by Kirstan Banfield on October 28, 2014 at 3:34pm — No Comments


For me, reading this article got me thinking about the direction that I want to take my classroom.  We spend so much time at Halstead discussing student-centered learning and creating lessons that are both engaging and allow students to see the real life connection.  I think it was so powerful to see that these students were working with members of the community and local businesses to solve problems and answer questions.  Those high school students are coming out with experiences they would…


Added by Shelby Wood on October 15, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

PBL Planning Grid

We are attaching and bringing a copy to class with us tonight!

-Tara and Shelby :)


Added by Shelby Wood on October 15, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

PBL Article

My takeaway from this article was the importance of fostering partnerships within the community.  This past week, I helped with technology as our Magnet Program coordinator presented and showcased Halstead’s magnet program to visitors.  Halstead’s Magnet Advisory Board has fostered many partnerships within the community:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Towson University, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Living Classrooms, Claggett Farms, etc.  Our students have…


Added by Diane Fontinell on October 14, 2014 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Reading Reaction 10/8

I thought it was interesting how PBL improved the level of independent thinking in students. PBL develops life skills such as collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. It was great to read in this article about the data that backs up this notion. PBL promotes life skills that make students of all ages to be more successful in the work and learning environment. 

Added by Brittany Canon on October 8, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Project Based Learning in Education PDF

After reading this article I was immediately reminded of an article I read in Time magazine.  I was looking for an article for my AVID students on the importance of picking the right college when I found the Time article detailing why graduates are having such a difficult time finding jobs post college graduation.  My assumption was that the economy had played a large role in this, but it turns out I was wrong.  College graduates, although well versed in technology, lack the skills that…


Added by Margaret LaCroix on October 8, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments

PBL School in Indiana Research Paper

I found this article to be eye opening and confusing at the same time.  To have a high school be only problem based learning only is amazing.  To see the daily engagement of students and collaboration that the students were using would be astounding.  Students were able to use career skills for the everyday work force to help them build the knowledge of content to be a 21 century learner to be ready for the work force.  The confusing part that I have is how PBL can be completely and…


Added by Tara Jacka on October 7, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

PBL Article

Authenticity is a primary focus of PBL.  Project Based Learning can be authentic because of "real world" nature of the problems presented.  Authenticity is also created by having community partners.  I particularly liked the idea of the business partners coming in to model effective collaboration.  Working  in groups, small or large is always a challenge and I think it would be fantastic for students to see positive and efficient group work modeled by those getting paid to do it.…


Added by Stephanie Kerns on October 7, 2014 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Discussion Forum #1

Today's society is very tech driven and many of our students have embraced  the new technology.  Our current BCPS databases provide students with a wealth of information in all content areas: science, English, social studies, health, and even math. One of the databases I like to use is the NBC News Clips,brief clips on current events taken from news broad castings. I use this resource to introduce my students to current event topics or to relay important information…


Added by Katrina Mims on October 2, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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