Author Archives: Deb Porcarelli

Let’s Build – Part 3

There is nothing better than listening to, learning from, and growing from a presentation given by one of your own. I was privileged to hear from four of my colleagues during our two-and-a-half days together during the AIMS Facilitators cadre meeting in Dallas, TX. My cognitive depth and understanding grew because of what I heard and did. I look forward to the opportunity to take what I learned and to use it, hopefully creating a rich experience for my next workshop participants. They can, in turn, put everything in to practice for their students.

The four AIMS Facilitators had the task of spending an hour or more with all of us, and the sessions were about, levels of questioning, integrating technology using apps in the classroom, teaching math using three-act tasks, and how to include Transition Kindergarten (TK) thoughts and thinking in a workshop. What I asked the four presenters to share was no more specifics than that. What happened was beautiful and amazing. Every one of the four presentations wove AIMS math and science resources around the focus area but also around current practices of classroom teachers and what their “guide on the side” roles and contributions look like in those areas.

It was as if our presenters were organically making a shift to AIMS Workshops 2.0. What was shared was a lens into how we might become even more relevant in the current landscape of education but not leave rich AIMS materials behind. Instead of pinpointing AIMS tasks/investigations directly in a workshop, use AIMS as a vehicle to focus on subjects like: Increasing Student Discourse, Increasing Student Engagement, Supporting Diverse Learners, Integrating Content to Teach Multiple Standards, Ask and Answer Questions, Implementing the NGSS, Using Talk Moves in Math, Using Talk Moves in Science, Increase Student Engagement and Achievement etc. For example, offer a workshop titled, Increasing Student Discourse, a workshop provided by AIMS.

I’m so fortunate to work with such a creative and forward-thinking cadre of AIMS facilitators. I definitely can’t wait to formulate a plan offering new workshops to teachers everywhere. Stay tuned for AIMS Workshops 2.0.

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Let’s Build – Part 2

I wake up daily craving a morning cup coffee, quite similar to how I crave spending time collaborating and working alongside my colleagues. Savoring the smells and taste of a good cup of “joe” is how I feel about my collegial work. I look forward to it, and it is one hundred percent worth it!!… Continue Reading

Let’s Build

I’ve been in Dallas, TX this week with plans on spending two and a half days with the AIMS Center’s cadre of professional learning facilitators. It is my favorite time to spend with this group. It is our time to be together and learn. Our time to change, adapt and grow. Our learning plays an… Continue Reading

I Was There

Social media is what brought me to the Early Math Project Symposium sponsored in part by AIMS and held on the campus of Fresno Pacific University Friday, June 22, 2018, @aimsed, #AIMSplay, #AIMSspatial, and #EMSymp18. While I was following the day through social media, I realized that I could do an even better job of… Continue Reading

Do You Do Shikaku?

Keeping a sharp cognitive fitness level means continually engaging in mental exercises, using multiple senses, having a growth mindset, doing so often, and repeatedly. I like to find new challenges and this summer is no exception. A while back I remember being introduced to a puzzle named Shikaku. It was created by Nikoli, the Japanese… Continue Reading

Thinking Science

Nineteen states along with the District of Columbia have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Oregon is the only one of those that has fully migrated through adoption to full implementation of the NGSS standards. Administrators and classroom teachers alike are aware that adopting any new standards and then successfully implementing them is… Continue Reading

Have You Read the News? – A New and Helpful NGSS Resource

I just finished reading the May 2018 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) newsletter. I hope you have too or plan to read it soon. I also hope that you share it with your colleagues, especially science instructional leaders. As a science educator I am grateful NGSS creates and shares so many useful and well-prepared resources.… Continue Reading

Discovering FLIPGRID

How do you collaborate in a group setting when all members of a group are super busy, live in different time zones, and can’t find a common meeting time? I’m sure you have found yourself in the same scenario, and I was in this very predicament earlier this week. I had sent group texts asking… Continue Reading