"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"
~ Richard Steele ~

Sunday, October 14, 2012

AWSA Presentation


On Tues, the Catalyst staff will be presentation at the AWSA on how we implemented the flipped approach into Catalyst Charter Middle School. We have adapted this approach to meet our blended style. Below is a link to the wiki with all the information from the presentation. It is basically a flipped lesson on how to start this approach.






Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 10 Ways to Listen More. Talk Less. Teach Well.

Vicki Davis wrote an amazing blog entry today about listening. This is often a skill that is lost in conversation because we are busy thinking about our next comment. Listening demonstrates respect, which is mention daily in my classes. Thanks, Vicki, for sharing your thoughts.

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 10 Ways to Listen More. Talk Less. Teach Well.: "Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." Doug Larson So often, people don't hear w...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is an important skill that needs to be taught in school. All our students are very active digitally, but do not always understand the responsibility that comes with it. Student take classes to learn to drive but they are generally not required to take a class in using a digital device.

Digital citizenship encompasses a wide area of topics from digital literacy to digital netiquette. Students need to be taught the necessary skills when communicating digital.

Below are resources I have used this year.

Brain Pop has some basic videos on digital citizenship along with activities to teach vocabulary connected with the topic.


Common Sense is a collection of lessons and videos on this topic. Excellent materials and current videos on various areas relating to digital citizenship.


I belong to an Edmodo group that shared some of their own resources. Cajon Valley School District shared their page of resources.


Google and Youtube teamed up to do an excellent series of called Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship. This is a well-organized series that worked well when we did a tech boot camp. 


I know I will be coming back to this topic several times this year to review important practices.