Category Archives: Teaching Basics

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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Teaching ‘perspectives’ (vs. ‘lenses’)

multiple-perspectives3Teacher: “Ok, teams, for your research, you’ll need to examine the issue through multiple perspectives. Mmm-kay?”

Student (during presentation of research): “When I did my research from the environmental perspective, I found that…”

In courses like AP Seminar or AICE Global Perspectives & Research, this is all too often the talk. And let me tell you the dog’s honest truth…during my first year as an AP Seminar teacher, I seriously thought this was right.

Problem is, ‘environment‘ isn’t a perspective. It’s a LENS. WithIN that lens you may have varying perspectives as to whether topic X is environmentally awesome or not, but the environment itself is NOT the point of view.

Sound like a mix-up you’re either teaching or allowing in your class right now? Don’t stress. It’s almost a rite of passage NOT to know what the difference between ‘lens’ and ‘perspective’ is during Year One. Hence the reason for this blog post…to pave a smoother for you than I had.

Annnnd it’s because I like you, really.

So if you’re interested and want to read on-slash-rock on, head over to the new, blog landscape at edPioneer:

CLICK HERE to read the full blog post!!

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

 

Growing & Razing an Argument: Strategies for Understanding Line of Reasoning

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Yup, the content of this post has found a new home within the vast, online landscape we now call edPioneer!

You can read it in full by clicking HERE.

Happy Trails!

 

AP Seminar and AICE Global: A Cheesy Recipe for Your First 4 Weeks

Hashing out ideas, finding common ground, choosing groups based on common interests

Hashing out ideas, finding common ground, choosing groups based on common interests

This post is in the midst of migrating to the great, wide open over at edPioneer.com!

Play Nice: Analyzing Arguments

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Yup, the content of this post has found a new home within the vast, online landscape we now call edPioneer!

You can read it in full by clicking HERE.

Happy Trails!

 

Prepping Your ‘Summer Sizzle’: The Hot Seat Returns

Summer Headlines...that's hot.

Summer Headlines…that’s hot.

Now issuing your summer homework…TAKE NOTES!

This won’t require too much effort while you’re soaking up the summer sun, but you’ll be glad you did it when that first week back rolls around…

The ‘Summer Sizzle’ activity is a simple, unintimidating way to immerse students in the real world events that General Paper pursues.  Keep a log of this summer’s big headlines, then apply them to the activity linked below:

Hot Seat ‘Summer Sizzle’:  Instructions/Activity Overview

Hot Seat ‘Summer Sizzle’ SAMPLE Headlines List from 2013:  Sample List of Headlines (2013)

Want more guidance on how to run the Sizzle?  Check this previous post…lots of advice on ways to organize groups, approach questioning, spark discussion, etc…

2013 Blog Post…READ ME!

This is lots of fun to assign for a Friday, and it gives students the chance to be conversational with you about the news…encourage them to be curious!  The GP experience is all about inquiry, so remind them that they aren’t expected to ‘know-it-all’ and that ‘General’ Paper certainly doesn’t expect that of them either.  Instead of just spitting out facts like an Internet clone, students should allow their general understanding of the issue to lead them to new questions; by the time they’ve satiated their need for answers, they should arrive at their own conclusions about the issue and its situation in the world.

INQUIRE –> RESEARCH –> DISCUSS –> QUESTION –> THINK CRITICALLY –> DETERMINE JUDGMENT 

Perhaps as the teacher, you have a few questions of your own.  Take this opportunity to show students how to pursue these curious moments responsibly.  Just a couple of talking points to stimulate discussion:

  • Where might we go for answers?
  • What does it mean to corroborate that information?
  • How do we read for information versus reading for analysis, etc.?
  • Where do we find and how do we identify primary versus secondary information in an article?
  • How do we take what we’ve read and put it into our own words?

PAVICH’S WORKING LIST FOR THE ‘SUMMER SIZZLE’…

  • Santa Barbara oil spill (May)
  • Boston bomber verdict (May)
  • Charleston church shooting in SC

    Top Summer Headlines: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

    Top Summer Headlines: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

  • Maximum security prison break chase and capture in NY
  • Confederate flag controversy
  • Terrorist attacks in Tunisia (also France, Kuwait)
  • Same-sex marriage legal nationwide 
  • Nuclear talks with Iran

Best of luck preparing your list.  Share your ideas on The Global Pen’s Facebook page by responding to this post there!

Yours In Collaboration,

Jill Pavich, NBCT

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