Monday, September 23, 2019

STEM Cottage, Lunch n Learns, Self-Care and Trivia - September 23, 2019

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There's really no better way to bring the 2019-2020 school year than to begin with a fresh start, a fresh role and fresh students! At the Preschool, the STEM Specialist is now Amanda Crook, who has been at the Preschool since its inception and who has been known by her Preschool Colleagues as a strong STEM advocate and now it gets to be her day's work! She began by redesigning parts of the STEM Cottage and the new design is inspiring for all classrooms, regardless of grade level or discipline. One of the most exciting aspects of the space is the new Makerspace. 

In other news, Liz will be offering monthly Lunch n' Learn Sessions online, so you can come in and participate from the comfort of wherever your computer is, and they will be recorded for viewing later, as well. Feedback will be solicited at the end of the year to determine topics for the following year!

Here are the topics for this year:

  • September 30, 1:00-1:30
    • Remind

  • October 16, 12:45pm-1:30pm
    • Chrome Extensions
      • Learn how to fully utilize the Chrome Browser, make the fullest use of bookmarks and adjust your settings to expedite searching and use of your browser. Lots of fun tips, too!

  • November 19, 11:30am-12:15pm
    • Productivity Tips and Tricks
      • Join Liz for toe-dip into a couple great applications, strategies and websites that can shave seconds (and ultimately minutes and hours) off your daily tasks

  • December 3, 11:15am - 12:00pm
    • Google Drive Tips and Tricks
      • Explore some best strategies for organizing and your Google Drive, including learning more about Shared Drives and some extra fun tips within Google Docs.

  • January
    • Blogs 101
      • Blogs are great ways to communicate, empower your students to improve their writing skills and to open the doors of your (virtual) classroom. Learn about blogs (and how they differ from Google Docs or websites) and how they have been used in schools and classes.
  • February
    • Outlook Tips and Tricks for Inbox Zero
      • Just as it says! Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the email influx? Learn some strategies and logistical ways to manage your inbox and never (ok...rarely) feel overwhelmed by email again!
  • March
    • Google Slides / Presentation Tips & Tricks
      • This session will focus exclusively on Google Slides as a presentation tool and explore its functionality and collaborative features.
  • April
    • Chrome Extensions Part Deux
      • There's NEVER enough time for all the wonderful, time-saving features of Chrome extensions.
  • May
    • Social Media for Professional Learning Growth 101
      • Learn and explore the ways you can engage with professional learning networks online to push your thinking, creativity and expand your professional learning network, as one way to connect with other educators worldwide.



Sometimes, we just need a reminder to care for ourselves. Here's hoping you have a chance to do just that during the upcoming Fall Break Weekend.

Social Emotional Support for Educators

Teacher's Aid Podcast:

Free Self-Care Course for Educators:



Photo Credit: Vitor Antunes via Creative Commons License

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And now, for the questions...

1. "Autumn Leaves" is one of the most popular autumn song of all time. Which of the following musicians never recorded it?
Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, or Roger Williams?

2. What substance trapped in maple leaves after photosynthesis stops turns a red color in response to cooler temperatures and shorter days?

3. What are the 3 Zodiac signs of fall?


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