Questions for #utedchat for 12/19 – Fresh Start moderated by Amy Wood

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Q1. At the beginning of the year, we talked about our management styles. What has gone well? Is there anything you would like to change or do differently? #UTEdchat

Q2. Round 1 of parent teacher conferences have come and gone. What went well? What changes do you want to make before round 2? #UTEdchat

Q3. While including and involving parents in your classroom this year, what success have you had? How will you continue to involve parents the rest of the year? #UTEdchat

Q4. Let’s talk about curriculum. What new lessons have you tried this year? What did you learn from teaching them? #UTEdchat

Q5. Student learning is at the heart of our job. What have you done this year to measure student growth? What have you learned that will impact your planning? #UTEdchat

Q6. What opportunities for professional development have you participated in this year? Any takeaways that you are implementing right now or that you will use later? #UTEdchat

Q7. Christmas break is around the corner, and you have earned it! Why is rejuvenation important for teachers? What will you do to relax and reset for 2019?  #UTEdchat

Amy Wood works with new teachers and mentors in Jordan District as a Mentor Teacher Specialist. Before that, she taught 1st grade and is at home in the younger grades. She has enjoyed the past year and half working with the Utah Teacher Fellows. She earned her NBCT in 2010 and has been working with UEA to run a NBCT Jumpstart program in Utah to help more educators obtain their certification. Any spare time she has is spent with her husband and her nine month old son.

UCET Award Nominations Open

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Nominations for all UCET awards are open and close on Friday, January 18, 2019. All award winners will be announced Tuesday, March 5, at the opening session of the 2019 UCET Conference.

Nominations for the ISTE Award, Making IT Happen Award, closes on Friday, January 18, 2019. UCET must submit the Making IT Happen Award winner’s name and other information to ISTE well in advance to ensure that the Making IT Happen Award winner receives the coveted black (for men) or pink (for ladies) jacket.

Selection criteria for each award can be found at:

The submission form for all awards can be found at:

NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound — And Win

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OK, class, listen up!

Here’s your assignment for next semester: Take a topic, a lesson or a unit you’re learning about, and turn it into a podcast.

Yup, we’re launching the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. It’s a chance for teachers and students in grades five through 12 across the country to turn your classrooms into production studios, your assignments into scripts and your ideas into sound.

Have something to say? Now is your chance.

Here’s how it’s going to work: You’ll produce a podcast, three to 12 minutes long. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or a studio — you should be able to do this with just a smartphone and a computer, with easily available software. And you don’t need to be an expert in radio production: We’ll offer lots of help for students and teachers along the way.

Start planning now — we’ll open the contest up to entries on Jan. 1, 2019, and close them on March 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Then, our panel of judges will pick two winners: one from grades five through eight and one from grades nine through 12.


NPR journalists will visit the winning podcasters before the end of the school year, where we’ll present a trophy and interview teachers and students. Then those winning podcasts will be featured in segments on NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered later in the spring.

Before you get started, take some time to read through the contest rules.

Good luck! We can’t wait to hear your stories.