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Eric Biederbeck
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  • Essex Junction, VT
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Report Cards and Grading

Interesting comments Karolee, I think it is important that you mention that work habits don't seem to matter since there is no accountability- something I'll have to mention. I think we are heading…

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Report Cards and Grading

Kim, We are planning on using the new system next school year. The new system will be one that our middle school is developing. Obviously we don't want to reinvent the wheel so we are going to be us…

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Report Cards and Grading
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My school has decided to completely overhaul our report card system.  We are moving from the one grade for each subject report card to one that will give parents more information.  We are looking int…

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Biederbeck 12 hours ago.

Interactive Whiteboard

This just came out on twitter- good looking blog which has a youtube video showing how to make whiteboard using a wiimote http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/

Replied Dec. 27, 2009

 

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Interesting comments Karolee, I think it is important that you mention that work habits don't seem to matter since there is no accountability- something I'll have to mention. I think we are heading in the direction of the neighboring district you m…
12 hours ago
The most important thing is to consider the purpose and use of the changes. How will it be use? Why do you need it? Will there be any accountability tied to this? Our report card has the letter grade (A, B, C ,D, F), but we also have citizenship an…
17 hours ago
Sounds like the implementation plan has been well thought out - now to the actual plan!
on Thursday
Kim, We are planning on using the new system next school year. The new system will be one that our middle school is developing. Obviously we don't want to reinvent the wheel so we are going to be using bits and pieces of other systems. The committe…
on Thursday
Eric - How quickly do they plan on putting the new system in place? Is the new system one that the school district has developed or one that has already been developed? How much professional development has been scheduled for teachers and parents? K…
on Wednesday
This just came out on twitter- good looking blog which has a youtube video showing how to make whiteboard using a wiimote http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/
December 27, 2009
I use Probably Pistachio from Stuart Murphy's MathStart series as a read aloud during probability. Some of the other books in the series work well as very basic read alouds to start units. They are designed for elementary kids but provide good start…
December 27, 2009
Here is a link to a blog article which includes some links to programs to use with it (which I think Todd was referring to as a reason that it might not be a useful way to do things.) http://ed-tech11.blogspot.com/2009/11/wii-white-board.html Hope…
December 27, 2009
Hi Doug, You bring up some interesting points. I think I wasn't completely clear about having the student who is tweeting to me update me on someone who is very off task. I wasn't asking for students to spy but rather to mention to me if noticed so…
November 20, 2009
Hey Eric, Twitter is blocked at our school, but I use Moodle to stay in touch with my classes when i'm out. An example: I went to UConn a couple years ago for LaunchQuest (A rocket project) and attended a conference with many speakers including an…
November 20, 2009
I have done this before though using NING. My students often respond to readings and are writing on blogs as a part of our class, so when I am gone, I put these activities into my sub plans and then if I have time while I am at a conference or works…
November 20, 2009
I do use Twitter to tweet assignments and announcements and parents and students get it directly to their phones. They love it.
November 20, 2009
My first response is that students are being used as spies. Second, students have no way to tweet at my school because it is blocked by our filter and cell phones are not allowed. Third, how do you pay attention to the meeting if you're tweeting you…
November 19, 2009
I was in this session as well and agree whole heartedly with Eric. One thing that I will offer is that I am currently doing a Service Learning STEM activity as we speak. It involves reducing electiricty consumption in our building. Here is a link f…
November 8, 2009
Hi Angela, Are you looking only to differentiate in terms of readiness or would you also like to include learner profile and interest. This year I've been making a real effort to differentiate more by both learner profile and interest and finding t…
October 21, 2009
Hi Kim, I do like the idea of giving students challenging more in depth thinking problems, however, I think it is very important that students understand the problem and what it is asking when you do this as you do not want them spending a lot of t…
October 20, 2009

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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science, Mathematics, Other
I can help with
Instructional strategies, Integrating technology

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At 8:33pm on October 20, 2009, Kim Hutmacher said…
Thanks for responding Eric! More specifically, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to incorporate others subjects within a math class? For me, it is really easy to incorporate math and science. However, beyond just reading the word problems and explaining their work, I have troubles incorporating literacy in creative ways. I also struggle with implementing other subjects into the curriculum, such as social studies, art, physical education, etc. Thanks so much for all of your help!
At 9:08am on September 16, 2009, Jessica Fries-Gaither said…
Hi Eric,
I just posted a comment on the polar science page, then realized that you might not see it. I love the activities you described (snow shelters, designing long undies) and am actually working on the next issue of Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears - and issue called "Keeping Warm." Your ideas fit perfectly with our theme, and I was wondering if you might be interested in writing an article for us. Send me an email at fries-gaither.1@osu.edu and we can talk about it in more detail.

Thanks!
Jessica
At 6:46pm on September 9, 2009, Eric Biederbeck said…
Hi Kim and Mary

Thanks for the welcome! I'm very glad to be here. Now that I've got a full week of school under my belt, I'm ready to be more active! Gonna have to look into the book group and I'll add my answers to the questions in a bit.
At 5:24pm on September 9, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Eric - Let me second Mary's welcome! So glad to see that you joined! Let me give you quick overview of the site - on the main page - the resources that we have developed are on the left - MSP2 Resources box and our blogs. We have lots of events - technology, content, and pedagogy. The archived recordings of the ones we've done so far are in the link - Webinar Archive in the MSP2 Resources box. And we have lots of groups!

Thanks for adding your profile information and your "real" photo! It would also be great if you go back into your profile and answer two additional questions that we just added - I need help with and I can help with. We want people to be able to search by those parameters.

In addition, we've just started a book club - the fall book is Omnivore's Dilemma - it would be great if you joined in. Welcome! Kim
At 7:29am on September 3, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Hey, Eric! Welcome! Gosh, according to your picture, you're quite the prodigy! Nine years teaching experience already! : - ) OR, did your son sign a photo release?? ; - )

Really...glad you're on board!

M
At 2:59pm on September 1, 2009, Eric Biederbeck said…
Hi,

I'm a 6th grade math/science/social studies teacher in Essex Junction, Vermont. I'm very interested in integrating technology in my teaching. My other interests include differentiated instruction and project based learning. Looking forward to lots of good discussion and sharing of ideas.
 
 

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