Saturday, September 24, 2016

Setting up at an articulation fair

I just received this picture from two teachers at one of the city's articulation fairs. My new Electrical teacher and a history teacher teamed up to present McKee to prospective 8th grade students and their parents. The articulation fairs are usually held at different large schools.

Each of the 7 programs from McKee designed a logo representative of their career and technical education (CTE) program.  The trade programs are:

  1. Automotive
  2. Carpentry
  3. Electrical
The technical programs are:
  1. AAUTO-CAD/Architecture
  2. Computer Systems Information Technology
  3. Graphic Arts - Commercial Design
  4. Software Engineering

The new posters had their formats freshened up under the guidance of Ms. Kathy Eberlein (Assistant Principal Instructional Support Services), coordinator of the Articulation Committee. She collaborated over the summer with Chris Peters, a McKee graduate of June 2016, to update the posters indicating the 7 programs at the school. By the way, Chris is now a freshman at FIT.

Every location of an articulation fair presents its own unique challenges.  When everything is said and done, going low-tech with eye catching posters is a solution that's adaptable and works.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Career Fair in Brooklyn on 9.21.16

40+ McKee High School students on Wednesday,September 21, 2016, traveled to Brooklyn to attend the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Career Fair Tour in which students are exposed to careers and professionals in the entertainment industry. Check out the pictures.
Mr. DiMartino, McKee Graphics Teacher, (center) + Graphics students

Graphics students in front of W and J Smith Family Foundation logo

V. Balestrino (McKee Art Teacher-left), J. Smith (center); M. DiMartino (McKee Graphics Teacher-right)

Regina Hall (3rd from Left)

Panel discussion with entertainment industry professionals

Spotlight on Washington Mayancela, McKee Graduate 2014

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sharing tips for the opening days of school from Principal Henry

1.Every day is a day for instruction. The APs and I will be making 5 minute pit-stops to coach. The feedback sessions will be quick and informal. The goal - to jump start the implementation of rigor in the classroom through (W)riting, (I)nquiry, (C)ollaboration, (O)rganization, and (R)eading.

2. Set the ground rules for your classroom such as how to use Cornell Notes and be CONSISTENT
  • You do it-the students watch. 
  • You do it-the students help. 
  • Students do it - you help. 
  • Students do it - you watch and evaluate. Need a rubric - ask your AP.

3. Quick way to get to know the students. This technique works I have used it. Make a model with chart paper with your name in the middle.

A.   Have them take looseleaf paper and fold it in half.
B.   Have students use a marker to print their name in the middle.
C.   Then have them place something about them in each corner - for example - upper left corner a drawing of what they did this summer, lower left corner - print a word or two that best describes them (friendly, athletic, etc.), upper right corner a drawing of their favorite hobby or activity, lower right corner - favorite movie.
D.  After students are done, then tell them to get in groups of three. After 2-3 minutes have them switch to another group.
                     i.        For the more courageous - sometimes it is fun to have some music for this activity - as soon as the music begins they need to get into a group of three ). Stop the music - and have them share what they have drawn in one (or two) of the corners. After about 2-3 minutes start the music again and have them regroup into another - this time with different people. Share what is in the other corners. After doing this a few times,
E.   Have everyone sit down and select people to tell about what they learned about someone else in the room.

5. Check out this link for other ice-breaker activities to get to know the students: It will pay off.

or copy and paste it in your browser for a 5 minute explanation about Costas Levels of Questions. 
The video is for YOU to view and NOT the class. 
The video provides a clear explanation about the three levels of questions. Students get the three levels of questions when it is connected to a reading you are doing in the classroom.

  • You have to follow it up with a reading selection in which you have preplanned level 1, 2 and 3 questions. It works particularly if the text is challenging - which most texts are written 1-2 years above grade level. The reading selection can be a page, a paragraph from a newspaper, video with short reading selection or internet site. Modeling is key.
    • You do it-the students watch. 
    • You do it-the students help. 
    • Students do it - you help. 
Students do it - you watch and evaluate. Need a rubric - ask your AP

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Lesson Plan With a Purpose

I have found that a lesson plan is a blue print that is crucial to the foundation of relaying content to students. There is also the capability of using ideas from various programs in order to create a ladder by which teachers are able to clearly indicate what needs to be said, what the students need to do, how the students demonstrate their understanding, and building the capacity to self assess and peer assess. The template below comes from the Teacher Fellows Program and is  not only a great tool to construct a lesson plan, but also for reflection and one that a supervisor can use in debriefing sessions.

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