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                        By Diana Knudson        October, 2017



I know several of your staff start looking at textbooks early and want to know what we direct everyone to buy.  When the GTCC was formed 30 years ago, we understood that we led teachers through the process to write a curriculum aligned to the state standards. BUT schools would select all the resources they would use to teach that curriculum.  You all have local control.  What I have found through the years is that schools in our area have specific needs and preferences as to how they will teach the standards and curriculum.  So, our schools use several different textbooks for reading, math, and all content areas.  What I can do is visit your school and lead teachers through a process so they know how to narrow the search.  We have a checklist for the attributes we need take into consideration.  Let me know if I can be of help.


If you are thinking about including more collaboration and discussion in your class, a good book to consider is The Best Class You Never Taught by Alexis Wiggins.  It focuses on a strategy called a Spider Web Discussion that is a simple technique to set up successful, high level discussions with students in all content areas.  An interesting note:  We used the materials and training of Grant Wiggins for many years in GTCC. He was a guru about thoughtful, engaging classrooms, and I respected and read all that he wrote.  I got to listen to him two different times.  Alexis is his daughter, and he passed away in 2015.  She has his heart and talent.


Have a great October!    Diana


The winner of the September gift card giveaway is Diana Lewis of Cut Bank Schools.  Keep reading the Golden Apple each month to find out when our next drawing will be announced.




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Math Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls
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STREAM Online Module Calendar


Standards-Based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana (STREAM) will offer over 25 online, mini-courses during the 2017-2018 school year.  Courses are designed to help K-12 mathematics teachers improve their knowledge of mathematics, deepen their understanding of our state standards, and engage their students in meaningful learning of mathematics. STREAM modules are free and teachers can earn 15 OPI renewal units for successful completion.   You can learn more by reading the STREAM Online Module Calendar and the STREAM Online Module Descriptions.


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The STREAM Leadership Team

Jennie Luebeck – Montana State University

Matt Roscoe – University of Montana

Lisa Scott – Billings Public Schools


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Free Activities for Teaching Science and Math With Music, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.

Vesi Courses - Virtual Education Software.  Continuing Education for K-12 Educators.


Exploratorium Science Snacks Hands-On Activities

Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.

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