April 2021 Agenda—Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected

Digitally…Socially…Spiritually

Devotion

Who has the best “Jesus story?”

Peter: Mark 6:45-51

Jairus: Mark 5:21-43

A Sick Woman: Mark 5:24-34

A Paralytic Man: Luke 5:17-26

A Man Born Blind: John 9:1-12

An Enormous Catch of Fish: John 21:1-14

1. So which person/group do you think had the best “Jesus Story? Why?

2. Which story resonates with you the most on a personal level? Is there another “Jesus Story” besides the ones listed above that you like?

3. Share a story about a time when you had seen God’s faithfulness, grace, and/or love in your own life?

While many stories in our world are fictional, the Bible shares the truth and wisdom about who God is and what he has done for us. These stories or MORE than just stories, they bring life!

Prayer: That God would use our personal stories to strengthen us, make us more like himself, and mold us to be witness of our faith to an unbelieving world.

Announcements

1. The next workshop date is scheduled for April 29, 2021

2. Facilitators, please add any other local, regional or national events (i.e. local pd opportunities such as EdCamps, district fall conferences, LEA Convocation, etc. – all of which provide great opportunities for TEC21 teachers to connect outside of the workshops).

3. Our next cohorts for the 2021/2022 school year are filling up fast! We know that word of mouth and personal testimonies or words of encouragement can go a long way. So, if you can encourage a teacher to register, we would greatly appreciate it! As a thank you, for every teacher that registers on account of you, we will enter both your name and theirs into our drawing announcing two winners at the end of March for a chance to win your choice of a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon! Do you have other friends or family members teaching in Lutheran schools? If so, you can encourage them to join a cohort near them and we’ll again enter your name and theirs also. The more teachers you get to register, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing. All you need to do is encourage someone to register for TEC21 for the 2021/2022 school year and reach out to Helena (helenastephens@tec21connect.com). In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

4. “Celebration Day” is next month and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?  This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. How can you prepare?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters (Remember that you are sharing with friends, so keep this all in perspective and have fun with this.)
  • Spend approximately 10 minutes showing some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.
  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning – SAMPLE.
  • You might also want to use the Celebration Day guide to help to organize your thoughts. To download a copy to print, click HERE.

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The online application is now open and runs through May 15, 2021. Follow these four easy steps to apply:

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.

Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

Lastly, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card. That’s it! You’re done!

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is anna.boriack@cune.edu. Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District of the LCMS Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!

1. Discover … Project-Based Learning

2. Explore … Virtual Field Trips

3. Design … a class web-page

4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.

Create A Website

Websites
Google Sites

Creating a Google Site

Tutorials

Weebly

How To Weebly

https://www.weebly.com/

Virtual Field Trips

 Virtual Field Trips for Our Elementary Learners!

25+ Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips

 Middle School ideas for the tweens!

Little People Sites

Turtle Diary In addition to having an awesome name :), this resource offers activities designed for preschool through fifth-grade students. There are a number of free printables, games, lesson ideas, videos, and more available. The site also offers a paid version with more resources and eliminates the ads in the margins.


Cookie.com This website provides games and tools aimed at enriching the early childhood process of learning. With ages 3-8 in mind, the site is organized by both subject area and age group.

10 Virtual Tools for the Math Class If you teach Math you have to check these out…10 of the best tools on the market for engaging students with Math including DragonBox, Geometry Pad, and MathsPlayground.

Kiz Phonics. If you have students who need help with sounds and letters this website has some great games they can play to practice. Especially with wearing masks making it difficult to see your mouth formation in creating the sounds,  seeing the videos can be helpful.

Project Based Learning

PBL Resources

8 Engaging Early Literacy Activities that Use Technology and Hands-On Learning

The 6 Must-Have Elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning: Intellectual challenge & accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management, reflection

An Introduction to Design Thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test

Project-Based Learning Using Technology: Activities

What is Project-Based Learning?  15 PBL Ideas Fit for Use in Your Classroom

50 Smart Ideas for Project-Based Learning

10 Project-Based Learning Ideas from Around the World

10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

Projects by Jen  – a wonderful website for PreK-6 (although other grades are welcome) teachers that promotes creative, collaborative problem-solving.  They use math, science, art, music, writing, reading, etc.  Use archived projects with your class or participate in a current project.  There is opportunity to collaborate with other classrooms around the world.  Sign up your class to participate.  Projects still available this spring:  poetry, crayon project, photographer/artist.

Ideas for the Little Guys (K-1)

Explore.org Explore.org hosts live streaming videos from all over the world allowing learners to observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats.


Kids Know It Kids Know It contains educational activities, learning programs, movies, worksheets and games for students.


The Teacher’s Corner Collaborative teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities.  Web, free.


TeachersNetwork Lots of resources here for any teacher at any grade level.


Steve Sprangler Science This site is my go-to for every experiment that I can’t (or won’t) do in class.


KathySchrock In her own words, it’s her guide to everything!


YouthGroupGames Need some fun in class on Friday?


FunBrain Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.


ReadWorks A great site that uses ELA lessons and units geared from K-8 aligned to the standards.  Plus, it’s free!


Truth For Kids A wonderful devotion for kids for each day of the month! Fantastic!!

TEC21 Challenges

 1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the questions and strategies on the following document to prepare for the day: click HERE.

2. Social: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school year opened on January 2, 2021. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.

Reflection

Dismiss at 2:00pm

My Contact Info

mrs.kretsch@gmail.com

 

920-452-6882 – School

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