EARTH SCIENCE WEEK UPDATE: Special Alert!

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM

American Geosciences Institute – October 2018

Introducing: Earth Science Week Online Toolkit

For the first time this year, AGI is excited to offer the Earth Science Week Online Toolkit, just in time to celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 (October 14-20), which focuses on the theme of “Earth as Inspiration.”
 
As a digital complement to our popular Earth Science Week Toolkit, which annually ships to 14,000 teachers and geoscientists, the Online Toolkit provides a curated selection of materials from Earth Science Week Toolkits past and present.

The Online Toolkit currently offers over 30 classroom activities, posters, and calendars, including many of the items that shipped with this year’s Toolkit. Additionally, the Online Toolkit contains resources going back to 2015, as well as several resources that are available exclusively online. Available through the Earth Science Week website, it is easier than ever to find what you’re seeking. The Online Toolkit allows users to filter activities by Earth Science Week theme, disciplinary core idea, and even language.
 
Check out the Earth Science Week Online Toolkit today.

#UTedChat Questions for 10/10 – Learning Environments

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Machelle Rogers (@rogers_machelle). Machelle is an elementary teacher in Jordan District and also a 2017-18 Utah Teacher Fellow. Michelle will be joined by Meredith Bortz (@MeredithBortz) from Sevenzo. They will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an important topic of Learning Environments. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Machelle and Meredith via Twitter (@rogers_machelle and @MeredithBortz) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1 What does a caring, inclusive learning environment look like? What does it feel like?

Q2 What do you do/try to do in your classroom to enhance a feeling of caring and inclusion?

Q3 So many expectations are felt by educators. Where might meeting the needs of each student fit into a caring, inclusive learning environment?

Q4 How does equity play a role in a caring and inclusive environment? (Equity in education means that personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background, are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.)

Q5 If training was available for a caring, inclusive classroom, what would it look like? What would make it effective?

Q6 What resources have you found to be helpful in your efforts to create a caring, inclusive environment?

Q7 What connection is there between having a caring, inclusive classroom and the school environment?

Q8 How does having a caring, inclusive learning environment benefit our won emotional intelligence or peace of mind?

Q9 How do we move forward from here? What will you try next to create or add to your caring, inclusive classroom?


Machelle Rogers is a 2017-18 Utah Teacher Fellow in her 23rd year of teaching with Jordan District as an elementary teacher. Machelle loves her students and works to support and foster student growth and learning in a caring, responsive, and inclusive environment. Shout out to Hope Street Group and each of the amazing Teacher Fellow friends and the incredible organizations that support educators.

Meredith Bortz leads operations for Sevenzo, a non-profit that connects a national community of educators and helps them try evidence-based practices, all with a focus on fostering student belonging and creating more caring, inclusive, and impactful learning environments. Sevenzo facilitates opportunities for educators to connect and learn, inspire one another, try impactful practices, and share what works.

Meredith comes to Sevenzo with experience driving change in partnership with state and local leaders, educators, and other stakeholders—always with the goal of eliminating inequities so that all children have the opportunities they deserve. Having worked previously in education policy and advocacy, what Meredith loves most about Sevenzo are the myriad opportunities to deeply connect with teachers and help them share their unique talents and expertise.

You can follow Machelle (@rogers_machelle) and Meredith (@MeredithBortz) via Twitter.

– Chat Archive available via Wakelet.

 

#UTedChat Questions for 10/03 – Education and the Workforce #AmGrad

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Jenn Gibbs (@JennGibbs). Jenn is the project manager of UEN’s UtahFutures American Graduate Project. She will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an awesome topic of Education and the Workforce Skills Gap. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Jenn via Twitter (@JennGibbs) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1 Gap: Utah has more job openings in certain skilled trades than people qualified for them. How might this impact your students and/or community?

Q2 College: With many grads from 4-year universities struggling to pay off student loans and find jobs with decent wages, what messages about university education should we be giving students?

Q3 Challenges: What challenges do teachers face in helping students choose classes that prepare them for future success?

Q4 Exposure: Students tend to focus on only careers they already know about. What can we as educators do to open students’ minds to a broader range of career options?

Q5 Advice: What advice would you give someone who needs help planning education-to-career pathways?

Q6 BONUS: What’s your favorite hands-on skill to practice? Extra points for photos. (Mine is baking with my favorite pastry chef of all time!)


Jenn Gibbs is the project manager of UEN’s UtahFutures American Graduate Project, part of American Graduate: Getting to Work, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

You can follow Jenn via Twitter at @JennGibbs.

– Chat Archive available via Wakelet after the chat.

 

#UTedChat Questions for 09/26 – Advice for New Teachers #IntroToEd

Written by Cody Plumhof on . Posted in #utedchat, Education

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Krystle Bassett (@KrystleBassett). Krystle is an Innovation Specialist in Juab School District. She is currently teaching an Introduction to Teaching course at Juab High School and all of tonight’s questions were written with her high school students in that class. Krystle will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an awesome topic of Advice for New Teachers. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Krystle via Twitter (@KrystleBassett) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: I hear a lot about teachers leaving the profession. Why did you choose to be an educator? Why do you stay? via @AKeithAllred1

Q2: Everyone says that relationships matter most. What is one thing you do to connect with your students? Why does it work? via @Makayla46612690

Q3: A lot of teachers seem tired all the time. How do you get ‘it’ (grading, planning, etc) all done? via @erdmann_jamie

Q4: Would you tell your own child to become a teacher? Why/Why not? #UTedChat

Q5: I want my students to listen and learn, but I’ve heard they won’t learn from teachers they don’t like. How do you gain respect as a teacher? via @meganr0013

Q6: What makes a ‘good day’ at school for you and your students? What do you do to get more of them? via @gracie26880510


Krystle Bassett, Innovation Specialist at Juab School District (Follow them on Twitter at @juabsd), is a mom of four and an avid #sketchnote creator. She is currently teaching an #IntrotoEd course at Juab High School and she loves it! All questions tonight come from her current students.

You can follow Krystle via Twitter at @KrystleBassett.

– Chat Archive available via Wakelet.