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)!
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.
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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 instruct 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 🙂
One 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! 🙂
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.
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…
So….from my earliest days as a child, I’ve always had two big dreams…
- Be a teacher.
- 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!
I 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!
The 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.
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 🙂
Taking 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! 🙂
Jill Pavich, NBCT
A post I made this morning has sparked the curiosity of several blog followers, so I just want to take a minute to update you on this mysterious, password-protected piece 🙂
In the AP Seminar course, students are required to tackle a number of research tasks, one of them being a Team Research Project. During the course of this project, they do two reports (one individual, one team-based), and a presentation. This is somewhat similar to the Team Task that AICE: Global Perspectives & Research 9239 requires.
As this is AP Seminar’s debut year, my classes have been working hard to turn the abstract learning goals of this pioneering, new curriculum into concrete accomplishments. Most recently, my student engaged in an official simulation of the Team Project component. I casually filmed all presentations on my smart phone, but to my dismay, I couldn’t get the videos OFF my phone and onto any other medium (in part because my iPhone 6Plus is a sham, lol). I tried it all…I iClouded, I compressed, I emailed, I, I, I…I couldn’t muster the tech geek in me to figure it out. BUT…the blog was my saving 21st century grace, indeed, because the WordPress plan I have allows me to embed videos…yippeee!
Long story short, I will be uploading about 15 student presentation videos to the blog over the course of this week so I can share these with my classes. Each group will have their own, password-protected link where they can both review their video and see their rubric score.
If you are currently teaching AP Seminar or are interested in teaching it next year, this tool may prove most useful to you! One ethical snag, however…
Until I obtain permission/signatures from parent/guardians to post this information online, I will need to password-protect these precious artifacts of student work. I plan to send out the permission form this evening and require parent/guardian yea-or-neah signatures by Friday. Following that, I will be able to unlock passcodes, etc. Until then, I appreciate your patience and enthusiasm!
PS…have you checked out Facebook yet? Did you happen to get the Global Pen newsletter in your inbox? Get in the loop with these two new Pen features 🙂
Jill Pavich, NBCT
Psssst…rumor has it, the Global Pen is inking back into action…
Notice the magical expansion taking place before your very eyes…tab titles are changing, new courses are appearing, dated links disappearing…
BUT NEVER FEAR! More valuable material will soon be here!
First of all, THANK YOU for bearing with me through this unbelievably busy school year. A much lengthier, (and rather personal!) post to follow this weekend as I beg for your forgiveness, but here are the hints and highlights as to why the Pen has been so sadly MIA…
- New AP Capstone Seminar curriculum is eating GP blogger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nasty appetite on that one, I tell ya…
- FSA evil is afoot (I jest, I jest)
- Pipe dreams of GP publication slowly becoming a reality for blogger/writer/teacher/mommy 🙂 🙂 🙂
- And perhaps the most cryptic update of them all…a new muse is in our midst…
I’ll let you ponder that last one for a while, but a very clear update on this bloggie is in the wing.
What else should you expect in the next 7 days? Let’s put it this way, friends…
CLEAR YOUR LESSON PLANS FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS because I have a whopper of a unit for you!!
Learning Target? It’s a GP Content Meets Common Core Writing Standards type of task, and it’s sure to shine up your kids’ essay content while simultaneously preparing them for the upcoming, state-standardized exams!
Can’t wait to share once again with each of you! Stay tuned throughout the week as the Global Pen transforms in size and shakes out a little ink in the process!
Happy Friday, all!
Jill Pavich, NBCT
Greetings…Big Brother here…I seem to have censored my own site…
Just a few short days ago, I posted a note that I was planning a November workshop to be hosted at my high school. Yet now, it seems that the post has mysteriously disappeared, that I’ve somehow rescinded said offer, and am now replacing it with the following Doublespeak message:
There is no November workshop. There was never a November workshop. The workshop opportunity is in December.
What’s up with that?!
Allow me to UPDATE you on the blog post that seems to have traveled down the Orwellian Memory Hole, of the local workshop event that seems to have vaporized into thin air as if it never existed at all (yikes…the Delete button is ominously powerful, all of a sudden!)
I originally drummed up the idea for the November workshop because lots of teachers had been asking about ‘best practice’ when it comes to grading the classroom essay and scoring it according to the CIE rubric. Lots of the teachers I got to know through the Cambridge “Best Practices” workshops have mentioned that they wish the GP training was two days, as opposed to one.
Looks like we got to cash in a wish from the genie lamp…CIE might be granting us the luxury of a 2-Day, GP-training workshop after all…!!
While this is NOT yet definite, it seems likely, so there will no longer be a need for the November session! Hence the vaporized post…it’s my job at the Ministry of Blogging to make sure you get the most up-to-date information!
Stay tuned to The Global Pen for updates about a possible, two-day GP workshop through Cambridge’s “Best Practices” series. I hope to have dates, times, locations and workshop agenda details for you soon once this information firms up and pans out (#hello-idiomatic-expressions).
If you have not already done so, follow me on Twitter @ edupavich!!