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

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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

 

 

 

 

Play Nice: Analyzing Arguments

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AP Seminar: Team Presentation Videos

image-PswrdProtectGreetings, Penners!

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!

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Collaboratively Yours,

Jill Pavich, NBCT

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