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It all began with a Magic Hat…. Glenvar Middle School 2009 ~ ???. Magic Hat…. Where we’ve been… Magic Hat Survey May 2009 (included in your binder) Where we’re going… Share successful lessons/strategies with others online (limited to GMS staff initially). Magic Hat….

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It all began with a Magic Hat…

Glenvar Middle School

2009 ~ ???

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Magic Hat…

  • Where we’ve been…

    • Magic Hat Survey

      • May 2009 (included in your binder)

  • Where we’re going…

    • Share successful lessons/strategies with others online (limited to GMS staff initially)

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Magic Hat…

Why are we doing this???

  • to participate in collaborative learning opportunities

  • to reflect on current practices

  • to investigate whether authentic learning is taking place in our classrooms

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Magic Hat…

How we’re going to get there…

  • Select a quality lesson/strategy to share

  • Lesson/strategy will include a visual and a written document

  • 3. Visual and written document will be posted on


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Important Info

  • Megan, Sarah, and Karen will assist you with all of your planning and technology needs

  • No more than two teachers may work together

  • Megan and Sarah will create an account for you on our GMS TeacherTube Mysite

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Have Fun Building!

  • Paper Platform Challenge

    • Technology Education

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Pick a visual format that works for you

  • Pictures

  • Video

  • PowerPoint

  • MovieMaker

  • …etc.

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  • Comprehension of the novel Hatchet

    • Using Photostory with explanation of the project

  • Ballroom Dance

    • Video lesson edited in Movie Maker

  • Sixth grade pull-out English class read The Wizard of Oz

    • Using Voice Thread

  • Guidance Videos

    • Videos edited in Movie Maker

  • 8th Grade - National Geographic Africa Map50 states, regions, and cities of historical importance

    • Using PowerPoint converted to video

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  • See Megan or Sarah to schedule a time to meet and plan and/or a time to use equipment (film, photograph)

    Oct.6th Dept.Chair-Visual and lesson due

    Oct.7th Inservice-Dept.Chairs present to their departments -Sign-ups for other teachers

    Nov. 7th Teachers-Visual and lesson due

    Nov. Faculty Meetings-Other teachers present to their departments

    (Health/PE dept. will team with Science dept. and Electives will team with English for the year to share lessons)

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  • Recertification Points!

    • 5 points per post up to a 90 point maximum (Will receive certificate upon completion of each post)

  • Name in monthly door prize drawing for everyone who posted lesson the previous month

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What do we do Now?!?

  • Meet with ALL members of your dept. in the Dept. chair’s classroom immediately after this session today:

    • English/Electives: Wynn/Rose (room 111-Art room)

    • Math: Deal (room 231)

    • History: Darby (room 220)

    • Science/PE: Davis/Look (room 225)

  • Refer to the Magic Hat Visual Lesson Planning sheet (in your binder)

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  • Submission MUST include:

    • Written Lesson Plan

    • Reponses to the Authentic Learning Course Questions listed on page 1 of the Authentic Learning lesson plan handout

    • Visual Lesson/Strategy

      Example GMS Teacher Project

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  • Resources can be found on the Glenvar Middle School Website

  • Web Links