Category Archives: Inspirations

Free Webinar: Quarter 1 Q&A

Can you believe it?  The first quarter of the school year is already coming to a close!  This upcoming webinar is all about reflecting on what we’ve done so far in the classroom, and inspiring what we have left to do!

I’ll be answering your questions, calming your uncertainties, clarifying your confusions.  Anything I can do to be of service to you!

AICE General Paper teacher? Check.

AICE Global Perspectives teacher? Check.

AP Seminar teacher?  Check. Check. Check.

You’re all invited and can all equally benefit from the convo!

For those of you who completed the survey I sent around previously, I’ll surely be making use of that data by addressing the trends I saw surfacing, but I also invite you to post your burning curriculum questions to the edPioneer Facebook page.  This’ll set fire to online dialogue and support we can benefit from all year!  Join this interactive community…power in numbers, y’all!

CLICK HERE to visit the edPioneer Facebook page and post your burning curriculum questions.

I’ll be sure to answer ’em during the webinar (and you know I’ll give you a shout-out while I’m at it!).

Oh, and for those of you who ‘like’ my FB page by November 1, I’ll be sending you a special email surprise 😉  It’s a little resource doozy I think you’ll like 😉

Not sure if you can make it?  Sign up anyway to let me know you’re interested, and I’ll keep you in the resources, replays, and materials loop.

Let’s go confidently into that good Quarter 2, friends…sign up for the webinar today where you’ll get the inspiration and energy you need to fight the good fight toward holiday break, and set goals for your new year!

Simply click the image below to get at it 😉

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FREE Webinar: Implementing the ‘Inquiry Research’ Project

This Thursday, September 22…

edPioneer is pleased to announce the launch of its FREE Webinar Series!  For the first online exchange, I will talk with you about implementing the Inquiry Research Project, which is a great way to immerse your students in modern, global issues via research while giving them their license to drive the learning process!

During this webinar, I will guide you through setting up, facilitating, and assessing the Inquiry Research Project, along with adding in some tips and best practices along the way including sequencing suggestions and pacing remarks.  A live, Q&A session will follow the presentation to address any of your lingering, project-related questions.

Join me for some professional development fun.  Sign up TODAY by clicking on the image below!  Spaces are limited!

(Need points?  Professional development ‘Certificate of Completion’ available!  NOTE: Please speak with your school or district prior to this event to ensure its eligibility.)

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Lending a ‘Hand’: Using Lenses to Narrow Essay Focus

 

Quarter 1 has a lot to do with getting your students acquainted with global issues, filling the “blank slate”–so to speak—with those basics that’ll lay the groundwork for deeper research later.

 

While it’s true you simply can’t cover every contemporary and/or controversial issue out there, you do have the Quarter 1 obligation of helping students feel comfortable with (and even excited about!) these issues before they’re expected to write (at length) about them.  After all, a General Paper student’s worst nightmare is not recognizing the wide variety of issues presented on the exam, and an AP Seminar or AICE Global Perspectives student’s worst nightmare is not being able to find a research question in time for through-course deadlines. Therefore, the better we are at teaching them about research range, the better off they’ll be when it comes time to perform.

What better way to open up exploration than getting your hands dirty! Using the ‘Hand’ Approach in your classroom will do two amazing things for your writers:

  1. First, it’ll show them the many ways in which researchers can delve deeply into a research topic;
  2. and second–once they’ve seen such variety–they can use this same approach to narrow and deepen their own research focus.

Once you’ve opened their eyes to the many research avenues worth exploring, students can then use [this tool] to narrow down exactly what it is they wish to investigate.

In brief, the Hand Approach works like this…first it BROADENS their mind, then it NARROWS their focus.  Ya dig?

Interested in reading the FULL BLOG POST?  Head on over to the edPioneer sprawl for a helping ‘hand’ with lesson planning!  

CLICK HERE!

Genuinely,

Jill Pavich

 

Spreadin’ That Back-to-School Vibe, Freebie Style!

If you’re a teacher in my school district, today marks the LAST day of summer freedom.

Sigh…

In case you need some cheering up, I thought I’d write a quick post to say, hey, go get ’em this year!  We’ve got the biggest job on earth, so hopefully your brain runs on solar battery and the summer has topped you off with a lil’ rechargable energy.

If not, I have some inspiration to throw your way, so here goes…

August marks a season of rest, respite, and rejuvenation for our profession.  It’s a time when spirits are high and a fresh white board is waiting for us to color with our trade.  August is also the time we begin our ceaseless search for new ideas and innovative approaches to shake up our material.

So to help you on your quest for a fresh start, check out this little bit I put together for my favorite people in the world…YOU!  By clicking on the image below, you’ll get instant access to this super awesome guidebook in your inbox, AND you’ll officially be part of my newsletter tribe where there are many, many exciting resources like this to come!

CLICK BELOW and get planning!

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Just as a reminder, the Global Pen will be migratin’ on over to the edPioneer landscape by September 1 🙂  I hope you’ll set up camp with me so we can navigate this brave, new, 21st century world of education together!

Cheers to another year of awesomeness!

Happy Trailblazin’,

Jill 🙂

Resources & Rebranding

Happy August!  You know what that means…school’s almost back in session!  What better way to start your year than to have access to my super fancy and rather rad, free Resource Library (FRL)!

FREEHow do you get access, you ask?  Simply sign up for the Global Pen newsletter, and BOOM! You’re in!

The FRL is the location where I’ll be housing the bulk of our staple documents.  Here are just a few featured in there right now that might help you kick off your first week back:

  • Sample Course Overview and Student Expectations
  • Open House/Parent Night: Sample PowerPoint
  • Reading & Writing Diagnostics
  • TurnItIn.com User Manuals for both Student and Teacher 
  • TurnItIn.com: Student Guidebook for understanding feedback online
  • Course Rubrics (including student-friendly ones!)
  • ‘Twitterfeed’ One-Sentence Summary activity (content building & writing conciseness)

And there’s much, much more to come!  I’ll be adding little ditties as the days roll by and emailing you that an update has been made so you know right away.

Simply click HERE and sign up for my newsletter today!!

Ok, onto the next one…

REBRANDING.

What. Is. She. Talking. About?

Well, I lightly mentioned it before, but I’m working on building up a business of my own within the field of education.  I wasn’t sure what to call it and I went back and forth until I was half crazy, but I’ve found my path with…(drum roll please):

edPioneer Consulting, LLC

Yep.  I’ve officially taken the jump, y’all.  This school year, I’ll be stepping out of my own classroom and perhaps into yours.  I hope you’ll welcome me and join in on the edovative fun.

Here’s the scoop…

Somehow, some way, I fell upon this crazy path in teaching where I’ve been asked to Blaze the Trail Adinstruct a few courses that are, how shall we say, a little rough around the edges.  A program like AICE is new to our part of the map, and the AP Capstone concept is brand new entirely.

It’s been an interesting (and very rewarding) ride finding my way with these curriculums.  It’s challenged me to really get creative with what I teach and how I teach it.  I’ve had to change and rearrange yearly to see what truly works, and I’ve loved every bit of it.  In many ways, I consider myself a genuine pioneer in this brave, new world of 21st century education, where we just don’t teach ’em like we used to.  Our new direction is much messier, louder, more interactive.  And ya know what?! I like it.

Long story short, I’ve dusted off the trail for these courses in the past few years; I hope to pave a smoother path for you.

In the coming months, I’ll slowly begin shifting the warm and cozy ink of the Global Pen blog over to its new home at edPioneer.  Pack your bags, friends!  Adventure Awaits!

edPioneer will be offering you a range of awesomeness for your classroom.  I endeavor to bring you more blog posts (packed with resources and teeming with ideas); in-house workshops and online webinars; one-on-one coaching and tailored curriculum design.

If you’ve ever emailed me with a question, networked with me at a workshop, or simply sat back with a cup-o-Joe and read one of my posts, consider this new path a way of having that kind of access to our dialogue all. the. time.  Eureeka!  We can nerd out any time you want now!  Like I said, I’ll certainly miss my own classroom, but I know I’m making an even greater impact on education by being welcomed into yours.  So hey, thanks 🙂

social media icons.pngOne big, big, BIIIIG favor to ask…will you still ‘like’ me?!  Lol (sort of, not really).  The edPioneer website is in the works but won’t launch until September 1 (though the Resource Library is, indeed, housed there…pardon my cyber-dust!), so I’ll let you know when that one hits the atmosphere.

But in the meantime, could you skip on over to Twitter and Instagram and tell me how much you care by hitting that pretty, lil ‘follow’ and/or ‘like’ button?  

On Instagram, I’ll be posting tips, tidbits, and some pretty cool challenges to keep your pioneering spirits high as the year grows long; and Twitter will become my main source of sharing some really awesome posts, links, and websites with you…what a wealth of resources on that thing, sheesh!

NOTE: I’ve changed the Social Media buttons on The Global Pen website to match that of edPioneer, so if you clickie, you’ll get the rebranded GP!  🙂

 

For Instagram, you can find me at edpioneer_consulting.

For Twitter, you can find me @edupavich (personal) and @blaze_the_trail (edPioneer’s handle).  What’s that?!  You’re not ON Twitter?!  Don’t worry…I have a whooole blog post coming up about that one 😉

Ooo, and Pinterest…I’m going to be pinning lots of my materials, too.  Find me there at edPioneer Consulting, LLC.

Alright, everyone, it’s going to be a great year!  I can’t wait to see you all online and in person soon!  If you’d like to share edPioneer with your administrators or school district peeps, feel free to print out this LETTER I’ve drafted up for potential trailblazers 🙂

As always, thank you for being part of my tribe and for inspiring me every day.

Genuinely,

Jill

 

The Global Pen…full time!

Happy Summer, Global Pen fans!  Forgive my scarceness, but my Global Writing Block has kind of dominated my world these days.  But it’s summer now, and the livin’s eaz-ay!

I have something to add a little extra sun to your summer…The Global Pen will be pumping out plans full-time!  Here’s the scoop…

Image-createwriteSo….from my earliest days as a child, I’ve always had two big dreams…

  1.  Be a teacher.
  2. Be a writer.

Because I’m big on following dreams, I’ve been livin’ my creed as a writing teacher at Boca High for 12, glorious years.  Best of both, right?  The cup is almost full.  Almost.  Lately, I find myself daydreaming, though…there’s still SO much more left to do.

Therefore, the time has come for me to spread my teaching wings even further…I’ve decided to step away from the classroom for a while in order to delve more deeply into the potential of my lifelong dreams.  (Yes, you read that right.  Me, leaving Boca High…crazy, right?!)

Sometimes I feel like I’m a writer, hiding behind being a writing teacher.  Other times, I feel like there’s so much more I can do as a teacher. So I’ve decided to simply JUMP, and let the academic universe catch me.  In leaving the classroom, I’ll be writing a LOT more about education, but hopefully it will pave my path toward my true love for writing, which lies in fiction, believe it or not.  Meanwhile, I’ll also be training teachers, so I won’t be straying too far from the classroom after all!

I love to teach.  I love to write.  It’s time to separate and expand each of these.  Or so the voices in my head tell me…

For those of you Penners interested, here’s where my career path is headed (which mainly involves me working for you!):

1. I’ll be writing the textbook AND blogging full-time this school year!

Image-editorI spoke with my Cambridge University Press (CUP) editor on Friday, and the General Paper textbook is back in full swing, which is GREAT news.  (For those of you who don’t know, it was scheduled for publication Dec. 2015, but my deadline was delayed because the GP syllabus is getting a re-vamp.  Since the textbook needs to reflect these changes, I had to hit the pause button).

There are certain things I won’t be able to put in the textbook, however.  One thing I have to keep in mind, for instance, involves timeliness.  If I suggest a URL for my textbook audience to visit, it could easily be gone from existence by the time the book is actually published; I’d be much better off blogging about said resource here at the Global Pen.

Also, textbook content needs to appeal to the widest audience possible, from here to Mauritius and back; I can’t rattle on about America’s minimum wage issues, for example, because this has little relevance to other people across the globe.

And one of the biggest hurdles I face in writing the textbook involves getting permission to re-print certain sources such as news articles.  This is where the blog comes in…you’ll be getting the best of both worlds when it comes to General Paper resources!

Image-summerworkThe major difference?  The textbook will be endorsed by CIE (#holler), but this blog-on what makes for successful and rewarding GP teaching and learning-is entirely my own opinion (I’m a credible source, darn it!).

I love to write.  I love to design curriculum.  Why not write about curriculum design and all things teaching?!  What better way to spend my time?!  #livinthedream

 

2.  I’ll be training teachers for Cambridge!

I’ve been selected to become an accredited, Cambridge International trainer.  This is SO exciting for me because part of my dream in being a teacher is not just about teaching students, but teaching teachers, too!  I love offering help and guidance (hence the blog!), and I’ve always enjoyed being a facilitator for the various workshops and roundtables in our state, so this will give me the opportunity to train nation-maybe even world-wide!

By the way, if you’re an AP Capstone teacher, I’ll be co-leading a workshop with my dear friend and colleague, Beth Rubin, at the AP Annual Conference this July 16th in Anaheim, CA!  Hope to see you there!

3.  I’ll be rolling out my very own consulting business!

I’m goin’ rogue, people!

One of the problems I always have as a classroom teacher is that summer is just. not. long. enough.  And I don’t mean R&R in the sense that most non-teachers think.  I mean (R)esearch.  I have so many ideas I want to whip (and nae-nae) together, but there just isn’t enough time to do it all before the year begins again.

You know how it goes…First you gotta Google it.  Then you find yourself printing a stack of cool materials a mile high.  Then you have to piece them together in a way that makes sense for your world, target your objectives.  Then you have to actually craft the synthesis of your materials found.  Then you have to scaffold the plans, pace ’em, prep the execution of ’em…oh, and don’t forget about creating a valid and reliable assessment to determine whether or not your kiddos ‘got it.’  With all this work, I’m lucky to get three projects off the ground before August hits!

As 21st century technology takes flight, I want to explore innovative ways to use this technology WELL in my classroom (and I’m not just talkin’ doc cameras and TED Talks); but who has time to learn it all, then design it, too?

So the point of my business adventure, I suppose, is to do all this work for you.  Good deal, right? I quit my job to research it all, then share it with you!  At the same time, this is deepening my dream because I’m not just enriching the learning experience of my own students, but for those of you who come along with me, I’ll be reaching out to your students as well.  And that makes me happy. #goforhappy

Therefore, this fall, I’m challenging my entrepreneurial edge by dipping into the world of consulting.  I’ll be offering a range of workshops, training, materials, and other classroom support options (including student support) to help you navigate this brave, new, 21st century world of learning.  Though my expertise lies in the AICE and AP Capstone programs, my work will focus more on navigating 21st century learning altogether, featuring tons of innovative ways to make learning matter for your students, AICE and/or AP or not!

Launch: September 2016

4.  And last but not least, I’m rethinking high school education altogether!

Yep, you read that right also…I’m building a school, people.  Currently, I’m part of the core team for the School of Leadership, Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship (S.L.I.C.E.).  We are a school, think-tank, and start-up incubator that focuses on content creation as opposed to content consumption.  In fact, a lot of what I’m learning will surface in the innovative plans I have up my sleeve for your 2016-2017 school year.  I simply can’t wait to share!  And I’ll be sharing FULL-time!  Woot woot!

We are piloting our program for the first time next summer in Dublin, Ireland.  More to come on this awesome, international adventure!

If you want to know more about S.L.I.C.E., visit our website or check out the awesome trailer I made for us. You can also follow my @edupavich Twitter handle, where I tweet a lot about rethinking high school education 😉

 

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I suppose these are tall orders.  A teacher-slash-writer can dream, right?!  I hope you’ll join me on this awesome, new adventure.

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To show how much I value your support, I have a little something extra special to celebrate the blog’s FOURTH birthday this June 18th…it’s a real doosey for those lovers of global writing.  Be sure to check in this Saturday for a special gift from your favorite education blogger 🙂

IMG_0461.JPGTaking time away from the classroom gives me more time with you, and I’m looking forward to it.  (Oh, and I get to spend more time with my two, amazing, darling, good-eatin’, sound-sleepin’ little ones, too!  Sweet!).

Many of you are new to these curriculums and just as many of you are seasoned in the ways of AICE and AP Capstone.  I can’t wait to collaborate with you.  All of you.  I don’t care if you’ve never taught a day in your life…send me your ideas and I’ll feature ya on the blog.

COMMUNITY, Y’ALL!!  COLLABORATE! 🙂

Genuinely,

Jill Pavich, NBCTImage-momwriter

 

Most Likely to Succeed: Live Documentary Viewing in PBC!

Greetings, Global Penners!

MLTSAre you a south Florida resident?  If you are, I’m cordially inviting you to join me for an awesome, awe-inspiring opportunity!  On Sunday, April 17th, 2016, there will be a community viewing of the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, followed by an education forum to exchange ideas about improving learning in America!

Most Likely to Succeed gracefully challenges the conventional wisdom for a longer day, longer year, and an increasing focus on test prep.  This documentary argues that it’s “time for another transformation.”  Specifically, it features High Tech High–located in San Diego, California; here, students spend their year preparing for their term-end ‘Presentation of Learning,’ an inspiring picture of what many of us hope for millions of American students…

Check out the Most Likely to Succeed trailer HERE!

One of the goals of this documentary is to inspire discussion between parents and teachers, students, community members.

Anyone who has a stake in education should be a part of this conversation!

This is why the Global Pen is inviting YOU to take part in the movement to #RethinkHighSchool education in America!

As a part of our south Florida community and as a part of some very forward-thinking curriculums where students are at the center of learning via project-based inquiry and exploration (AICE and AP Capstone), I know we have much to say in this conversation…I couldn’t think of better voices in the matter than each of you!!

This event is hosted by the School of Leadership, Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship.  (Guess who had the pleasure of designing the video below to depict S.L.I.C.E.’s vision?  Yours Truly 😉 )

Here are the invitation details 🙂  DO join us on April 17!  I can’t wait to see all of your faces and hear all of your voices!

The School of Leadership, Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (S.L.I.C.E.) invites you to join us for a viewing of the evolutionary documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, followed by an Innovation Forum where we’ll engage in an open exchange of ideas in an attempt to improve high school education in Palm Beach County, Florida.  We hope that our ideas will inspire a national movement for change in education.

Most Likely to Succeed

Documentary Viewing & Innovation Forum

April 17th, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Boca Raton Community High School, Kathryn Lindgren Theater

1501 NW 15th Court

Boca Raton, Florida

Food sponsored by Benny’s on the Beach

Brought to you by the AP Capstone Program at BRHS

FREE Event, open to the public

Let us know if you’re thinking about coming!!  Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 13th.

To sign up, please visit this link:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/most-likely-to-succeed-viewing-and-educational-forum-tickets-24247314370

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What is S.L.I.C.E.?

The School of Leadership, Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship (S.L.I.C.E.) is just the blend of school (program), think tank, and start-up incubator that Palm Beach County needs.  At S.L.I.C.E., it is our vision to unite entrepreneurial experts from around the world with a focus on innovation leadership.  Students and mentors complete real-world projects that have the potential to reshape the local landscape, while developing networks and sharpening the skills necessary to compete in a globalized market.  By applying theories in practical situations, S.L.I.C.E. students see that their work has genuine value.

At S.L.I.CE., students no longer merely consume content; they create it themselves.  

And while we know change is not always easy, we know that it is necessary, especially when it comes to education.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, only about half of those who graduate are actually college and career ready.  It is crucial that we better align learning with the real world our students will eventually be responsible for, which is what the S.L.I.C.E. curriculum aims to do.  Our visionary approach will be preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist.

What is the XQ America Challenge?

Part of our journey involves our participation in the XQ Super School Project.  This challenge–spearheaded by Lauren Powell Jobs, philanthropist and late wife of Steve Jobs– is an open call to rethink high school education in America.  The project will provide the winning teams with expert support and funds totaling over $50 million over five years to make their “Super School” concept a reality.  If S.L.I.CE. wins this challenge, we will be breaking dirt or rebuilding bricks right here in Palm Beach County, so we’re counting on you to share your thoughts of what education should be because it is our collective imagination that will truly make change possible.

Why Most Likely to Succeed?

Our viewing of Most Likely To Succeed is the perfect access point to this kind of discussion.  It offers a smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century society, exposing the true potential young learners have if we let them lead.  Get ready for an inspiring glimpse at what our school system could look like if we embrace a much-needed movement for change.  

The paradigm is shifting…will we shift with it?   

Together, we can continue to transform our local community and the nation at large by rebuilding our schools to inspire new possibilities, but we can’t do it without YOU.  Therefore, we’re calling on all parents, teachers, students, administrators, future teachers, college professors, local business owners, CEO’s, yoga instructors and enthusiasts, policy makers, designers, architects, artists, neighbors, friends, CITIZENS of PBC…

JOIN US as we rethink high school education in Palm Beach County and in America.  

Please share this FLIER with anyone you know who might be interested in this event!  We can’t wait to collaborate with you.

Yours in Education,

The School of Leadership, Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship (S.L.I.C.E.)

Core S.L.I.C.E. Squad:
Todd LaVogue, Simon Behan, Petro Andreadis, Wes Logsdon, Jill Pavich, Jessica Murray, Marybeth Bauer, Mary Wilson

 

 

 

 

Baby Phoenix has arrived!!

The Global Pen is proud to introduce the much-anticipated arrival of…

PHOENIX KENT PAVICH

Born on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:18 a.m.

8 pounds

20 inches

100% perfection

Future football player, soccer star, blogger, teacher, president, rocket scientist, difference maker...

Future football player, soccer star, blogger, teacher, president, rocket scientist, difference maker…

Thank you to all of my friends and colleagues who wished me well with a safe and easy labor…your prayers (and mine!) came true!  I’ll go ahead and brag here…it was the fastest, smoothest delivery EVER!  I’m not even kidding when I say, the doc wasn’t even in the room when Phoenix hit the atmosphere.  The nurse had one glove on.  Mommy’s makeup was intact.  I’m certain it was all the prayers and good vibes being sent from my friends, fellow teachers, and loved ones that got us through it, so THANKS 🙂

Mommy's little man...my prince has arrived!

Mommy’s little man…my prince has arrived!

“A baby is the beginning of all things…WONDER, HOPE, a dream of POSSIBILITY…we never knew LOVE until now.”

I’ll be taking some time to enjoy our latest edition to the Pavich family, but with my new muse by my side, I’ll have plenty to blog about for all three courses, so keep in touch!  And yes, my academic posts will be sprinkled with loosely related, baby adorableness, so get ready for lots of warm and fuzzy clipart to accompany my updates and inspirations in education!  (Fine, you can knock off points in the ‘focus’ column of the rubric if you must…)

Speaking of pictures, I have a great story for you…(it’s a quick one, I promise!)…

Once Phoenix arrived, I couldn’t wait to have the hospital photographer come by to take his picture.  And though people always tell me don’t get ‘suckered’ by hospital photography because it’s expensive, etc., etc., this is one Mommy Myth I’ll dismiss right now because it brought me not just one great gift (in the form of photos), but another surprise that brought tears to this teacher’s eyes…

Nicky Rhea Photography

All newborn photos compliments of Mom365 and Nicky Rhea Photography

When I opened the door to greet the photographer, I was overwhelmed by what I saw…the ADULT standing there was one of my former STUDENTS!  All grown up with a real job and some REALLLLL talent 😉

Not only is Nicole doing amazing work at the hospital (she has the best job next to ours, I swear!), she also has her own photography business.  And the best part about it all, she does both jobs alongside her husband, David, who is as equally sweet, kind, and gentle as Nicky is.

As educators, it is our aim to support our students’ talents both in and out of the classroom setting.  But our work doesn’t end at graduation; perhaps one of the greatest gifts of teaching is the lifelong reward it grants us.

We get to watch our students dream about the great, big world when they are young, but sometimes, we even get to watch them conquer it in adulthood.

As I watched her photograph my son, interact with her husband (who she is actually teaching the art of photography to!), and keep conversation with me (it’s been a while!), I was bursting with joy to see that Nicky has before her just what I wish for all my students: the authentic happiness of doing what she loves for a living.

In my ongoing efforts to support her, I want to take a moment to promote the talents of Nikki Rhea Photography.

Here are a few more snapshots she took in honor of our new arrival and bundle of JOY!  (Please note that the photos taken here were composed through Mom365, the hospital company Nicky works for…I don’t know how all that ‘photo cred’ stuff works, so I want to be sure I attribute credit properly somehow here!)

Dream BIG, little one ;-)

Dream BIG, little one 😉

Stars in his eyes already...anything is possible, Phoenix!

Stars in his eyes already…anything is possible, Phoenix!

The innocence of a lamb, the courage of a lion.  Phoenix will be resilient and strong!

The innocence of a lamb, the courage of a lion. Phoenix will be resilient and strong!

Handsome and kind...like father, like son!

Handsome and kind…like father, like son!

Genuinely,

Jill Pavich, NBCT and baby Phoenix

PS…wondering about Willow?  I think this smile says it all…

Big Sister couldn't be happier :-)

Big Sister couldn’t be happier 🙂

UNICEF Tap Project

As I mentioned in my most recent post, my students are writing their final essay today…but we’ve taken essay writing to a WHOLE new GP level this time!  imagesIf you are interested in having your students not only write about global issues but be a part of the solution to one as well, CLICK HERE!  Visit The GP Indie to see what we were up to today while writing. 

Earlier this year, we did a unit on the value of potable water; and today students are writing to the prompt:

“How far do receiving countries really benefit from development aid?”

Being a part of the UNICEF Tap Project is providing cleaner drinking water to countries in need AND it’s giving students knowledge and experience to support the above essay prompt…share this with your kids as a mini lesson in writing and in global citizenship 😉

Collaboratively Yours,

eduPavich

A Poster’s Worth A Thousand Essay Words

Though I would never give up my summers off or my guaranteed holidays home, there are times in the school year when I wish we had 365, not 180, to teach to this curriculum.  There’s just so much to do in so little time!

This always gets me thinking…how can I maximize the opportunities for learning  in my classroom?

In my opinion, the best thinking cap is the one fashioned for freshmen, so if I’m going to solve this puzzle, I need to be pondering like a pupil.

I remember being 15.  Grades were never an issue because–lucky for me–school was something I did naturally.  I was a natural-born nerd 😉  But I definitely had those days where classroom content failed to mesmerize me for whatever teenaged reason.

So what does a student do with his or her time when he or she is not immediately engaged in the lesson?  Why, survey the scene, of course.

Lots of times I found myself staring at the walls…

  • I’d read and re-read the signs hanging about;
  • I’d question the writing on the board–does that homework message pertain to me or is that for some other class?
  • I’d sketch an image I saw on a poster;
  • I’d practice vocabulary definitions in my mind from the word wall;
  • I’d try to memorize a poster adage (“What’s right is not always popular, but what’s popular is not always right”…that hung on the podium of my sophomore year professor, lol).

Anything to pass the time…

  • because it was Friday,
  • or because there was a pep rally next hour,
  • or because softball try-outs were that day…
  • because Mrs. __ is repeating herself from yesterday,
  • or because I hated reviewing tests,
  • or because I already knew everything about topic x…
  • OR because I knew nothing about topic x and I intended to keep it that way…I was as stubborn as I was smart, lol.

Sometimes it was educational dazing, sometimes it was just plain dazing.  But even still, what I visually stared at always stuck.  

As amazing as we are as teachers, we have to allow for the margin of error that not ALL students are ALways engaged at EVERY moment during our class.  No matter how much they love and adore us for our dynamic enthusiasm for the job, they have Life weighing on their minds, just as we do.

Is this like teaching by osmosis?!?  Perhaps we could mark it up to ‘differentiated instruction’ ?!?  😉

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At its core, asking teachers to turn inattention into learning is like asking someone to successfully saw another in half.  Surely this feat is merely illusion, right?

Not entirely…

Today, while talking with a colleague about how super-nerdy-cool this year’s Upfront poster ‘line’ is (themed, “Great Moments in History”), it inspired me to create the following classroom visual, which I will share in visual format below…(Danielle Eddy of Boca Raton High School, I dedicate this post to YOU!)

You teach, your classroom teaches, too!  Draw attention to posters by putting them on the board and connecting their content to your learning goals!

You have a degree in teaching, but your physical classroom is a born natural! Draw attention to posters by putting them on the board and connecting their content to your learning goals!

Target the poster's primary information, making it super-visible to that back row!

Target the poster’s primary information, making it super-visible to that back row!

Class Content, GP Relevance.  Placing an essay prompt next to it really puts learning into perspective.  Guide students toward pondering the connection!

Class Content, GP Relevance. Placing an essay prompt next to it really puts learning into perspective. Guide students toward pondering the connection!

Have revolutions ever made the world a better place?  Examine two revolutions in support of your view.  (May/June 2012 Released Test prompt)

Have revolutions ever made the world a better place? Examine two revolutions in support of your view. (May/June 2012 Released Test prompt)

Reaching out to our student population from a multitude of mediums…we work hard, we work smart!

Collaboratively Yours,

eduPavich

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