I love how my desks, tables, calendar, and plan book look at the beginning of the school year. They’re clean, organized, and every year I try to convince myself that I’m going to keep them that way all year long. That fantasy probably lasts all of about two weeks, when the crazy rush of the school year kicks in full throttle. While I wouldn’t trade that crazy busy whirlwind for anything, I still long for continued organization in my life throughout the school year. Even searching for resources feels like a never-ending scavenger hunt that sends me in so many directions.
For this reason, I’m so excited about Teaching Channel’s new Deep Dives collection! Each Deep Dive is dedicated to a specific area of focus and includes all of the things we go looking for in so many different places. For example, within the NGSS Deep Dive, there are links for background information on the Next Generation Science Standards, video resources, a video lounge, related blog posts, and a Q&A section where you can connect with other educators around this same idea. As the leader of the Formative Assessment Deep Dive, I’m excited to also have a Take it and Try It activity that we can all try out and chat about to learn more from one another.
This Thursday at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT, I’ll be hosting the #TchLive Twitter chat about Tch Deep Dives and I hope you’ll join me. We’ll discuss ways we can use the Deep Dives to learn individually or as a team, as well as how they can be used when planning professional development opportunities for your school or district.
Kristin Gray is a National Board Certified fifth grade math teacher at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in the Cape Henlopen School District in Lewes, Delaware and a Teaching Channel Laureate. During her 19 years in education, she has taught 5th–8th grade math, and spent two years as a K-5 Math Specialist. She feels fortunate to be involved with Illustrative Mathematics and Teaching Channel on projects developing math tasks, facilitating professional development, and blogging about these experiences. She is always excited to share her love of teaching at conferences such as NCTM, NCSM, ISTE, as well as on her blog. Follow Kristen on Twitter: @MathMinds.