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“Golden” Apple  

            By Diana Knudson                                                October, 2015

“Knowledge does not make change.”  This is my favorite sentence so far from a book Brianna and I are now reading.  Switch by Chip and Dan Heath is by far one of the best books I have ever read about the change process.  We all have the knowledge at this point to know that we need to have our students read more complex materials, write in all classes, and learn math conceptually before attacking the algorithm.  But how many of us have actually made that change even though we know it is the only way to prepare our students for the big world out there.  First, we stop looking backward and analyzing why things did not work.  This next month let’s look for BRIGHT SPOTS or the small moments when we are proud of our instruction—where students are engaged and feedback tells us they are learning; we are not just teaching.  Then, as simple as that, replicate, replicate, replicate.  Build more of those moments where students are thinking and writing, reading complex text and using evidence from that text to back up their opinions, and understanding math, not just doing it.  I will give another Switch idea next month.


In October we have our School Counselor curriculum revision meeting October 5 and the Techies meeting October 7.  See you there.


Our winner of our contest this month is Heidi Owens at Dupuyer.  Let’s have another contest this month.  Send Brianna your name for a $100 gift card. 



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Upcoming Committee Meetings & Events... 

October 2015
Guidance & Counseling Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls
Career Vocational
 Committee Meeting
3D International Great Falls
Technology Coordinator Meeting 3D International Great Falls
November 2015
Guidance & Counseling Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls

Web Resources, Grants and Other News...

 Great Ideas's from OPI...

Montana DNRC Education Mini-Grants close October 15
Apply for a Conservation District Grant and give your students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning about their environment!

Schools and other organizations are eligible to apply for up to $500 to support projects that focus on natural resources or equipment for classrooms, as long as the applications are approved and sponsored by a conservation district.

Edutopia's List of Educational Grants
Bookmark the "Big List of Educational Grants and Resources" to regularly check for grant opportunities. You can find a number of grants, from youth service learning grants to awards for young artists to resources from the Smithsonian and PBS Learning Media.

There are a number of ways to keep communication open between teachers, students, and parents. Digital communication is often the quickest and most effective method, and there are a number of apps and websites that facilitate open teacher-student-parent communication.

Start this process today by using a tool from Common Sense's list of the
13 easiest and most effective communication tools.

Explore the compelling reasons all schools should shift from a points based grading system to a standards and competency based grading system on the
Montana Teacher Librarian site.

The site page compiles books, videos, presentations, and other resources to help you move toward competency based learning - and ultimately give students meaningful experiences that translate to and prepare them for the real world.


In the fierce competition for funding, here's how you can make your application rise to the top.
7 Proven Strategies for Winning Ed Tech Grants

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