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 11/29 – Teaching Under the Influence of Awesomeness!

 

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This week we have Krystal Plott (@MissPlott) a School Technology Specialist and Technology Integration Coach for Granite School District and former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher leading the discussion on Teaching Under the Influence … of Awesomeness! This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share your tips on being awesome and learn from the rest of the #UTedChat crew. If you haven’t already followed Krystal via Twitter (@MissPlott) 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: Who/what do you recall being your first (or main) influence in deciding to become a teacher?

Q2: In what ways do you hope your students remember you? 

Q3: Name one (or more) educational influencers that you recommend everyone should follow on twitter and why.

Q4: How do celebrities and the media at large influence education, if at all? 

Q5: If you could attend any fictional school from TV or movies, what one would it be and why? 

Q6: Share an inspirational quote that helps you get through the tough days. 

 


Krystal Plott is a School Technology Specialist and Technology Integration Coach for Granite School District and former 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher. She has presented at UCET and taught professional development for Granite School District’s math department. She is proud to be a Utah State Aggie and holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education, along with endorsements in Gifted Education and Educational Technology. She is a lover of Dr. Pepper, all things Disney and pink!

You can follow Krystal via Twitter at @MissPlott.

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#UTedChat Questions for 11/15 – Equity in Mathematics

This week we have Michele Jones (@4MicheleJones) a secondary Mathematics teacher in Granite School District and Steve Phelps (@MrPhelpsMath) a high school Math teacher at Spectrum Academy leading the discussion on Equity in Mathematics. Both of these excellent educators are part of the Utah Hope Street Group Teacher Fellows and we are excited to have them hosting #UTedChat tonight. If you haven’t already followed Michele (@4MicheleJones) or Steve (@MrPhelpsMath) via Twitter you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. You can also follow the Utah Teacher Fellows group on Twitter at @HSG_UT

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

Q1: What does equity in Mathematics mean to you?

Q2: What are the essential components to an equitable Mathematics classroom?

Q3: How can a growth mindset increase equity in Mathematics?

Q4: What can teachers do to help students develop a growth mindset in Mathematics?

Q5: What actions can teachers take to increase equity in schools and the community for all students in Mathematics?


Michele has been a teacher for five years at both the junior high and high school level teaching mathematics in Granite School District. Her belief that education is the bridge to opportunity for her students is why she is a passionate advocate of high-quality public education both in and out of the classroom. She is a board member of the Utah Education Association and a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Michele was awarded Granite District’s Outstanding Educator award in 2016. Michele earned a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Master’s in Mathematics Education from the University of Utah.

You can follow Michele via Twitter at @4micheleJones.

Steve has spent the last three years at Spectrum Academy in Pleasant Grove, a charter school focuses on the success of students with autism. 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 Utah Down Syndrome Foundation (UDSF) and served on the leadership team for Spectrum Academy. 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 Michele via Twitter at @MrPhelpsMath.

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#UTedChat Questions For 11/01 – Working w/ #FutureReady Librarians

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This week we have Chris Haught (@BerylGirl) a Technology and Media mentor for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) leading the discussion on Working with Future Ready Librarians. If you haven’t already followed Chris via Twitter (@BerylGirl) 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: How can librarians collaborate with Teachers and Admins to help our Students?

Q2: How can librarians help support growth mindset in the LMC?

Q3: What are your “go to” resources when teaching Media literacy?

Q4: How can we Empower students as creators?

Q5: Fixed or Flexible Library scheduling? Is your library a place where students can come and explore anytime or have to come only to “check out 2 Books”?

Q6: What is your favorite class read-aloud and why?


Chris spent 15 years working in Iron County School District as a bus driver, paraprofessional, skills coach, and librarian. During this time she learned that her favorite activity was to introduce students and teachers to new “things”, whether it was media or technology related. Her “libratory” was always active and a place students loved to learn

She currently works at Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) as a Technology and Media mentor where she works with some of the best librarians in the State! She also coordinates and runs the Southern Utah Media Specialists conference each Fall. 

You can follow Chris via Twitter at @BerylGirl.

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Teachers, Share Your Voice!

The following is a message from the Utah Teacher Fellows Program. Please consider taking a few minutes either today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) to share your semi-anonymous (they need your school district information) thoughts on the topic of Teacher Leaders and Leadership. 

Hello, fellow Utah educators and administrators- 

As you have hopefully heard by now, the first cohort of the Utah Teacher Fellows Program a partnership of Hope Street Group and NNSTOY launched this summer. This teacher voice network works with the Utah State Board of Education, to make sure that classroom teacher voices are included in Utah policy decisions.

We are working to gather teacher perspectives around the topic of Teacher Leaders and Leadership. We want to make sure that opinions of licensed k-12 teachers from all regions of Utah are included in our report.

Our survey will only take a few minutes to complete and the opinions you and your colleagues share are instrumental in informing education policy here in Utah. Your responses are anonymous.

The survey is open until Saturday, October 28th:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3768236/UTFALL17

After you take the survey, can you please share the survey link with your colleagues? If you are an administrator, could you encourage all the teachers at your school to participate? The more teachers who share their voice, the bigger the impact.

Thanks in advance! 

Like us on FB at https://www.facebook.com/utahteacherfellowsprogram/ and follow us on twitter @HSG_UT for all the latest information affecting Utah teachers.

Thanks

The Utah Teacher Fellows.

#UTEdChat Questions for 10/18 – Teacher Leader Roles #TLUtah

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This week we have Allison Riddle (@UtahTOY2014) an Elementary Mentor Supervisor in Davis School District leading the discussion on Teacher Leader Roles. If you haven’t already followed Allison via Twitter (@UtahTOY2014) 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: Tweet the first 3 words that come to mind when you read “highly effective teacher”. Beyond salary limitations, why do you think we struggle with

Q2: Beyond salary limitations, why do you think we struggle with long-term teacher retention in Utah?

Q3: How would you define Teacher Leadership?

Q4: In what ways do you use your time and expertise as a Teacher Leader?

Q5: In what ways would a recognized Teacher Leadership position benefit student learning?

Q6: How can we increase teacher voice in Utah?


Allison Riddle is a 29-year veteran elementary teacher and is currently the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis District. Allison is Utah’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, and she represents Utah’s teachers as a member of Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission. Allison is a Global Fellow with the NEA Foundation and will study schools in South Africa next summer. Allison is currently researching mentoring and Teacher Leadership with Weber State University.

You can follow Allison via Twitter at @UtahTOY2014.

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