Okay Sherry, need your help....
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|Sun, 09-10-2006 - 11:04am|
Our parish is requiring that ALL middle school teachers complete 2 units this year...one each semester. This wouldn't have been a problem if I were teaching math because I did 7 really good units last year. But, I'm study skills this year, so this poses several problems.
One problem is that 2 days every week is devoted to CCC Lab (computer) and cannot be used to teach skills and 1 day every other week is for the library--can do a "mini-lesson" but not much time. Another problem is that I have to be at the other 6th grade teachers' beck-and-call.
I was able to do my first unit without much worry because I did it the 3rd & 4th week of school before we went to the CCC lab or the library and the curriculum coordinator gave 2 of the 3 of us (one at each grade level) the go-ahead to overrule anything else since this also serves as our 10-day unit for the state assessment program.
Now, I'm thinking ahead to my second unit, which I probably won't do until Jan, or maybe not until after testing in March. And this brings me to you: I was thinking of putting in a proposal to the curr. coord. for me to do a technology-type unit.
Here are the snags: I will probably only have 5 days to do it, and we HAVE to do a pre-test and a post-test, so that leaves 3 days of instruction. (I have to work around CCC lab, library, and probably won't be given permission to take more than 2 weeks (these 5 days) from the other teachers' needs.) I also can't test them on another subject area...I can't do a MATH unit or a SOCIAL STUDIES unit.
What type of technology instruction would you suggest that I could complete in 3 days? I think PowerPoint would take more time. I like the story/photo editor link you posted a month or so ago..do you think that could work? Maybe MS Word? (This is 6th grade, so maybe they could use help there.) I was thinking about a Webquest, and maybe if it's a COMPUTER information webquest, but not on a specific subject area.
If I book early enough, I'll be able to use the computer lab for all 3 days of instruction.
Thanks for your help!