Author: Cody Plumhof

Cody is the web developer, Communications Coordinator and media production center director for the Washington County School District. He has served on the UCET Board since 2012 as the WCSD representative and web developer for the organization.

#UTedChat Questions for 09/05 – Homecoming

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Jared Covili (@covili). Jared is one an instructor and trainer with UEN Professional Development and has been an invaluable member of the Educational Technology world, especially here in Utah, for many years. He will be leading the first official #UTedChat of the 2018-19 school year with an excellent topic of Homecoming, and yes, plan for sharing some of your awesome homecoming pics from high school and possibly even college. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Jared via Twitter (@covili) 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 Traditions:  Homecoming is a time to honor the traditions of the past while trying to make new memories with today’s students.  Share a tradition from the beginning of the school year from your classroom or school. What makes it successful?

Q2 Alumni: What are some ways you try to involve former students or community partners in your classroom/school? 

Q3 The “Game”:   Whether or not you’re into sports,  they are a huge way to build community in our schools.  What are some ways you use sports or games to build community with your students and parents? 

Q4 Royalty:  While not everyone can be homecoming king or queen, what are some of the ways you try to make every student in your classroom or school feel valued?  Why is this so important? 

Q5 School Song:  Music is a powerful tool that can take us back to our school days. How do/can you use music in your classroom to help create learning moments?

Extra Credit Q6 – What song was most popular at your homecoming dance?  Which song would best represent your school year so far?


Jared Covili, CETL, is an instructor and trainer for UEN Professional Development. He has worked with educators all over the beautiful state of Utah and loves what he does. He is a past president for UCET and is currently serving on the UCET Board as the ISTE Representative. Jared is a loyal University of Utah fan and loves to support the U!

You can follow Jared via Twitter at @covili.

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#UTedChat Questions for 08/22 – Start the Year Strong

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This week’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Amy Wood, NBCT (@ajmerritt). She’s a mentor teacher specialist in Jordan School District working with new teachers and mentors to help support them through their provisional years. Amy is also a Utah Teacher Fellow and enjoys working to help advance the education profession here in the state. The beginning of the school year is so important and so is making sure you get off to a successful start.  Join Amy tonight (Wednesday, August 22nd) at 9 pm MDT on Twitter to chat about Starting the Year Strong!

If you haven’t already followed Amy via Twitter (@ajmerritt) 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. As you begin the year, what student seating arrangement best supports your student learning in your classroom? Why?

Q2. How do you support your students’ learning at home?

Q3. Rules help to set expectations for our students and support success. What are your basic classroom rules? Have these changed during your career?  Do students help develop them? Why or why not?

Q4. How do you prevent behavior issues at the start of the year? What are some examples of positive reinforcers you use in your classroom?  

Q5. Every year I make a goal to eat healthy. What are some things you do to start strong with your eating habits at school? Do you pack a lunch? Eat school lunch? What is your favorite lunch to bring to work?

Q6. Planning is an essential part of being successful. How do you plan for your student success? Share your recommendations.

Q7.  What do you wish you had known as a brand new teacher that you know now?


Amy Wood, NBCT, is a mentor teacher specialist in Jordan School District. She works with new teachers and mentors and helps to support them through their provisional years. Before this, she taught first grade at Foothills Elementary in Herriman, UT. During this time, she also completed her NBCT. She loves teaching and is often found now teaching her five-month-old son, Tai. Amy is also excited to be a Utah Teacher Fellow.

You can follow Amy via Twitter at @ajmerritt.

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#UTedChat Questions for 07/18 – The Power of Reading

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I am currently working towards a Library Media Endorsement as I prepare to start a new job as the Library Media Coordinator and Digital Learning Coach in Washington County School District and as such have been thinking and reading a lot about the power of reading. So what better way to continue learning about reading than to ask all of my amazing #UTedChat crew their thoughts on the subject? Plus, who doesn’t love getting some awesome book suggestions from friends?  Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9 pm MDT as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of The Power of Reading and help share some of your favorite books! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we are truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed me via Twitter (@lars3eb) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

 

Q1 Even if you don’t teach English Language Arts, I hope you still use books in your class. What is your favorite book to use in your teaching?

Q2 There have been a HUGE amount of education books being published recently. Have you read any of them and which ones would you suggest?

Q3 I used to tell my students reading wasn’t homework b/c humans should read for 30 mins nightly & I try to do just that. What is something you’re currently reading or your most recent read?

Q4 A great author can paint a mental image so powerful it takes you away to another world, regardless of the genre. Who are a couple of your favorite authors and why?

Q5 According to author Jim Trelease of “The Read-Aloud Handbook” reading aloud to our children & students is one of the most important things we can do for their education. What is your favorite Read-Aloud book?

Q6 Next week (July 24th) is Pioneer Day, so share your plans with the group so we can get some ideas on how to celebrate.


Derek Larson is a former classroom teacher and for the last two years, he was the EdTech Director at Southwest Educational Development Center, one of the four service centers working with the rural districts here in Utah. Starting in August for the 2017-18 school year, he will be returning to Washington County School District as the Library Media Coordinator and Digital Learning Coach at Tonaquint Intermediate School and is SUPER excited about this new adventure. He loves working with teachers throughout the state and making connections all across the globe. He’s a proud Dixie State University and Southern Utah University grad, where he just finished his Administrative Endorsement and is now working on his Library Media Endorsement. 

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

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#UTedChat Questions for 07/11 – Summer Learning & Rejuvenation

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This week’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Deborah Gatrell, NBCT (@DeborahGatrell1). She’s a Utah Teacher Fellow who does 12 months of work within a normal school year and holds down a part-time job too. Summer is crucial for recharging her batteries and preparing for a new school year. It’s likely the same for many of us. Join Deborah on Wednesday, 11 July at 9 pm MDT on Twitter to chat about Summer Learning and Rejuvenation.

If you haven’t already followed Deborah via Twitter (@DeborahGatrell1) 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: Some folks think teachers sit around and eat bonbons over the summer. We know better than that! What summer learning opportunities are you participating in? Why? 

Q2: What non-traditional learning formats (aka not ‘seat time’) have you tried out? What were the results? Would you recommend your experience? 

Q3: We multitask like nobody’s business during the school year. Are you taking a technology break to RE-boot this summer? If so, how’d it go? If not, what’s holding you back? 

Q4: What do you do to unwind when you cut the digital cord? Are you going to RE-read any favorites? How is reading rejuvenating? 

Q5: Have you taken time to RE-flect on teaching and learning in your classroom? Writing is a great way to process what went well & what can improve by looking at the hows and whys. Share some purposeful reflections…

Q6: Here’s your chance to RE-turn to creativity! What creative passions do you have (or make) time for over the summer? How do these experiences influence your teaching?

Q7: Now that you have a few minutes to just sit and think, how can you RE-envision your classroom? Imagine how your classroom blueprint could be recreated into a well-oiled, learning machine with a warm, inviting feel… How would it be different?

Q8: Tonight’s questions were inspired by this great ASCD article. How will you make time for yourself so you come back ready to rock the new school year?


Deborah Gatrell, NBCT is a Utah Teacher Fellow who does 12 months of work within a normal school year and holds down a part-time job too. Summer is crucial for recharging her batteries and preparing for a new school year. It’s likely the same for many of us.

You can follow Deborah via Twitter at @DeborahGatrell1.

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#UTedChat Questions for 06/20 – Classrooms of the Future

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This week we have Steve Phelps (@KitledMath_T) a Math teacher at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah leading the discussion on Classrooms of the Future! This should be an excellent and informative topic for educators to start thinking about during the summer and as they prepare for the beginning of the coming school. Please come prepared to share your thoughts on what you think the Classroom of the Future should be with the rest of the #UTedChat crew. If you haven’t already followed Steve via Twitter (@KitledMath_T) 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: IN THE NEXT DECADE WHAT CHANGES are you most excited to see?

Q2: What changes are you most concerned about?

Q3: What will learning spaces look like in the classroom of the future?

Q4: What functions should technology fulfill to elevate the student experience in the classroom of the future?

Q5: Expanding technology impacts a teacher’s role immensely. How should the educator’s role be modified?

Q6: How can educators work in cooperation with educational technology companies to ensure products are designed to support students and empower teachers?

Q7: How can current technologies (3D printing, VR…) be used to enhance student learning in your area now?


Steve has spent the last 10 years teaching middle and high school mathematics in Utah. His instructional foundations are built on the mantra “Struggling in math is required to learn.” He has served as the D.A.D.S State President for UDSF and advocates for inclusive educational practices. In 2009, Steven was awarded Union Middle School Teacher of the Year. He graduated from UVU in 2009 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He innovated the classroom to incorporate movement and cooperative learning, called MathEverywhere. 

You can follow Steve via Twitter at @KitledMath_T.

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