Friday, April 3, 2015

Terese Jurgensen; April 2, 2015

6th Grade Selfie  - Great Students Who Make my Day!
Apple Education Recognition
On Tuesday, March 31st, Charles Duarte, the K12 Development Executive for Apple in Iowa,  visited Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools. I had met Mr. Duarte in February, when I went to hear Mr. Carver speak about the innovative ways we utilize technology in our classrooms. 
When I met Mr. Duarte and learned that one of his roles is to seek out schools for the Apple Education Recognition Program, I actually told him, "I believe Howard- Winneshiek Community Schools should be recognized by Apple. Please come and visit us!" Charles Duart, from Apple visited our school and was really impressed with our students and teachers alike. The final word on Apple Recognition Schools will be given in a few weeks, but we are making a difference in the lives of our students at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools. 

5 Best Practices in Education ~ To be Recognized by Apple
  • Visionary Leadership :  Shared Leadership - School leaders take collective ownership of the initiative; Individual Leadership - A credible and inspirational thought leader sets and articulates the vision; Community Engagement - Broad community sponsorship supports the institutions initiative. 
  • Innovative Learning and Teaching: Student Learning - Learning is a personal experience for every student; Instructional Practices - Faculty are master learners who expertly guid their students through difficult and complex tasks; Curriculum Design - Innovation and rigorous curriculum is redesigned to leverage technology. 
  • Ongoing Professional Learning:  Relevant and Timely Professional Development - Faculty engage in a cycle of inquiry that promotes reflection, experimentation, and sharing.
  • Compelling Evidence of Success: Quantitative -  Data is routinely collected and analyzed to inform progress and measure success.  Qualitative - Narrative, reflective, or anecdotal evidence is collected and shared. 
  • Flexible Learning Environment: School Design & Facilities - Facilities and schedules are designed to maximize learning opportunities that technology provides; Information Technology (IT) - Infrastructure supports innovation in teaching and learning.        

S.T.E.M. Fridays!
One of my favorite days of the week are Fridays. T.G.I.F. right? No - not because it is the final day of the work week, but because it is Science - Technology - Engineering - Math days in the elementary school. It really is so much fun to walk through the elementary classrooms on Fridays! Our students are having so much fun, with the interactive, hands-on experiences, that they don't even realize they are learning! Here are some photos I took on Friday, March 27th.

Here a student is interacting with media while studying the planets using Inspiration Software. 

Students Attended the state Science & Technology Fair!

Mrs. Suckow's 5th Grade Students
Studied Distance & Speed using
Hot Wheel Ramps & Cars!
6th Grade Studies the Holocaust

The 6th grade class has studied the Holocaust over the past several weeks and have learned valuable lessons regarding supporting and believing in people regardless of their race, ethnic, religious or family belief systems. The pictures below are from the Symbolism Project. Every project was inspiring and inspirational. Here are just a few. 

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