February 6th Professional Development Evaluation

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3.  What did you like the most about today’s session?


Reading strategy

Teachers even though the teachers in the videos are elementary teachers, the strategies they are showcasing can be used in your own classrooms.

Critical Reading Strategy: Marking the text

Teachers, here is a good synopsis of the reading strategy: marking the text. Watch the short video to see how it is done. For those of you who have a website you can post this video for your students so they can look at it in their own time.

Interactive Notebook

Teachers, some of you are already doing interactive notebooks in your classes. However, for some of you who are still looking for a great way for students to showcase their understanding of a lesson, an interactive notebook is the answer. For a description and suggestion for an interactive notebook, click:

Here are some great examples of an Intereactive Notebook from AP U.S. History.

Sample Title Page

Sample Author Page

Sample Output & Input Page

Interview with Dr. Robyn Jackson

AVID interviewed Dr. Robyn Jackson, author of Never Work Harder than Your Students because she is the Keynote speaker for the National AVID Conference. She is the author of the book that was given to us to read. In the book she discusses Seven Key Principles of Education which are:

  • Start where your students are
  • Know where your students are going
  • Expect to get your students to their goal
  • Support your students along the way
  • Use feedback to help you and your students get better
  • Focus on quality rather than quantity
  • Never work harder than your students

For those of you who are interested in more resources connected to the book please go to :

Reading Strategy: SQ3R

2 million minutes: A look at education throughout the world

Teachers, this video is pretty interesting about education around the world. It makes me think of what our responsibility is in regards to our students and what we can do to motivate them to academic excellence.