Reflecting on Sarah B.’s Google Form PD

I LOVED this! I had no idea that you could create a Google form to create a playlist or an assessment that can also double as a feedback and reteaching system. When I think about the common mistakes in math, we can now direct students to targeted videos where they are error-correct their own mistakes by the type of mistake they make. Even if you don’t go that deep into it, you can still gauge whether the student needs reteaching versus review or extension. I think this could be a really powerful tool to help students play a more active role in setting and reflecting on goals.

PLaPalooza- Solano: Digital Formative Assessments

Solano: Digital Formative Assessments

Digital age has so much to offer. I believe that this  kind of assessment improves learning engagement and promotes deeper learning.  At the start it will time for the students understand the process but eventually they  will using technology as a Pro.. Would this be taking more time from the staff since preparation is a vital part to putting all the assessments together?  Our school already used technology for summative  asssessment and it did great.

PLaPalooza Reflection

I found today’s PLaPalooza very interesting.  The Discovery Education session was very informative.  I learned how to create boards on specific topics math, science and social studies.  Teachers can also search other existing boards to use as well.  Students can also create their own boards.  This would be more appropriate for grades 3-5 rather than K-2.  Teacher can attached specific videos and websites for students to watch and research.  The other session was on Math  PL in the K-1 classroom.  It showed many different ways to incorporate PL during math center rotations.  There were great suggestions on how to differentiate to accommodate all learners.  Students are given different number centers to focus on the specific tasks.

Genius Hour

Both Ariana and Jocelyn posted about Genius Hour in lower elementary as part of their takeaways. I would love to be able to help K-2 develop their own versions of Genius Hour in order to promote this type of thinking. We are currently dipping our toes in the GH water for grades 3-5 during “computer lab.” It is still a learning experience, but one that would be good to start applying in the younger grades.

Stahler Feedback

I enjoyed my PL day at HHS.  I was able to chat with other educators about important topics ranging from how to use Google Sites to quickly build my own websites, to the use of digital formative assessments, all the way to how we as teachers can reflect on our own teaching and the ability of our students to reflect on their learning and employ meta-cognition throughout the day.

It’s of the upmost importance that students know the WHY behind what we are teaching them, that they are practicing, and that they invest so much time into.  Students can fill out worksheet after worksheet on addition and be successful, but if you don’t have a series of serious, planned, sequential numbers talks to support the instruction and act as the driver of concepts, school can becomes a kill and drill routine.

PL is an integral way that we as a community jigsaw and pool knowledge.  The efforts of the individual benefit the whole.

Slide Show Reflection

As I looked through the slides, I was interested in Ms. Melton’s slide.  The Levels of Understanding were a great idea for the classroom and an easy way for students to assess and report their own learning. She provided a great connection to “fist-to-five,” as well. The goal slide was also a good reiteration of content that I heard in sessions I attended.  The visuals on her slide provided a good illustration of what the ideas look like in the classroom. Thanks for your contribution from your PL experience, Ms. Melton.

Murphy’s Reflection

I really enjoyed the sessions I went to this morning. In Hannah’s session I was able to find at least 2 different online assessment ideas to use with my students. I already made an exit ticket for content for this week! My second session was on Genius Hour. I am really, really excited to figure out how to incorporate it into our first grade classes. I think that allowing students to have that time to apply the skills we are teaching them in a real world, cross-curricular research project will be a fantastic way to get students excited about learning. This is what I wrote about on my slide so check it out! I want to propose to my team a plan of making one content lesson a week a Genius Half Hour, and then incorporating another two days of playlist rotations as time students can work on their projects. There will definitely be some kinks to work out, but I am going to do more research, and then propose a plan to my team next week. My last session was Sara and Rachel’s, which was also awesome. They had lots of great ideas on how to incorporate PL and playlists in the first grade classroom. I cant wait to try all of the things I learned!


  • I love this idea of another version of goal setting.  WOOP!  This seems a little more real for elementary students.  The students may need help with “obstacle” but this is something you can put music to and have a lively celebration of WOOP goals accomplished.  I love ” a goal without a plan is just a wish.”
  • I will definitely use this !  (It’s more fun to say Woop too).


SPED PL Round table Discussion

This session gave the Special Education Teachers to discuss Personalized learning. We were asked to define PL, give strategies to create a playlist, give the pros and cons, and how PL can accommodate the needs of the special education students. I felt proud of our school as I feel that we are already pros in doing playlists. A lot of the SPED teachers in the room had a lot of questions on how to create playlists and the challenges they face on how to support their students.