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Friday, May 12

  1. page Reflections edited ... My idea for my ImagineIT was to have students have a genius engineering hour each week where t…
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    My idea for my ImagineIT was to have students have a genius engineering hour each week where they completed various stem challenges. I was hoping that by engaging students in this genius-engineering hour it would really develop an understanding and incorporation of the engineering piece in STEM into my curriculum. I also wanted to give my students problem solving skills that would help them see science beyond the classroom. Doing these challenges has given me a new focus, inspiration and has taught me a lot. When I talked about my short and long term missional goals I focused on continuing the practice of providing my students with opportunities to complete stem challenges. My long-term missional goal is to work with the adults in in my building to get them to see the value in students having these opportunities. I would eventually like to go beyond my school as an advocate for STEM education in all of CPS schools especially in the underserved school communities. Thinking about goals and how can achieve them seem very scary because I know that I will really have to step outside of my comfort zone to make it happen. I know that I will have to build relationships with administrators and other higher ups in order to accomplish my goals. Participating in this fellowship has given me the courage and confidence to pursue new teacher leadership opportunities within CPS and I'm pretty excited over the possibilities. I know that I have grown as a teacher and as a leader and I'm looking forward to impacting change in building and within the district.
    Part 2: Curating your Resources
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  2. page Reflections edited ... A Personal Reflection Write Reflection: My idea for my ImagineIT was to have students hav…
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    My idea for my ImagineIT was to have students have
    a 300 – 500-word summary which returnsgenius engineering hour each week where they completed various stem challenges. I was hoping that by engaging students in this genius-engineering hour it would really develop an understanding and incorporation of the engineering piece in STEM into my curriculum. I also wanted to your instrumentalgive my students problem solving skills that would help them see science beyond the classroom. Doing these challenges has given me a new focus, inspiration and has taught me a lot. When I talked about my short and long term missional goals by:
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    complete stem challenges. My long-term missional goal is to work with the diversity measure of your network? Rememberadults in in my building to thinkget them to see the value in students having these opportunities. I would eventually like to go beyond my school as an advocate for STEM education in termsall of your PLN.
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    CPS schools especially in what ways (if any) you feel courageous enoughthe underserved school communities. Thinking about goals and how can achieve them seem very scary because I know that I will really have to abandonstep outside of my comfort zone to make it happen. I know that I will have to build relationships with administrators and other higher ups in order to accomplish my goals. Participating in this fellowship has given me the courage and confidence to pursue new teacher leadership opportunities within CPS and I'm pretty excited over the possibilities. I know that I have grown as a teacher and as a leader and I'm looking forward to impacting change in building and within the past?district.
    Part 2: Curating your Resources
    Based on the revised instrumental and missional goals you have set for yourself, you will create an annotated bibliography (of sorts) of 15-20 resources that help you not only build your leadership skills, but also resources that can help you craft your leadership presence. You will gather and share your resources using a new or favorite curation tool. You can find a nice list of possible tools here. If you are new to content curation, we recommend that you try out blendspace or you can simply add text with links to your site. CIick here for a quick tutorial on how to annotate your resources in blendspace.
    Remember that “resource” is a broad term. Traditionally, when we talk about academic resources, we are talking about articles. But, resources are everywhere. They are people, organizations, videos, etc. We want you to think outside of the box when trying to curate resources for your 5 Year Plan. Don’t limit your vision by having a static definition of what a resource is. Your resource curation should include:
    At least 5 articles, websites, PD opportunities, videos, locations, books, etc. to explore further
    At least 5 new additions to your PLN
    At least 5 potential resources for funding (1 should specifically be opportunities available to CPS teachers)
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  3. page In The Room edited ... As a teacher leader in my building I am most concerned with "The potential damage to one'…
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    As a teacher leader in my building I am most concerned with "The potential damage to one's reputation" and "Frustration and burnout". Being a leader causes you to straddle the fence between your colleagues and administration. I worked hard to gain the trust and respect of colleagues. I am really proud of my reputation and the fact that my colleagues feel that they ask my opinion or look to me to help find resolutions to their problems. As Meyerson stated being a tempered radical often puts in positions of influence and power more so than the actual people in charge. I agree whole heartedly with this because there are times that I feel like I have more influence over my coworkers. It has taken me along time to own that because it is so fragile and shouldn't be taken for granted. On the flip side I have managed to have very good relationships with my former and current principal, they have on occasion sought my advice and opinion on various situations and I enjoy that they trust and respect my opinion. When working in CPS the struggle is often real because there is always the threat of cuts, layoffs, and availability of resources being constantly aware and concern will eventually contribute to my frustration and burnout. When I feel myself getting caught in the politics I refocus and remember why I got into teaching. I often remind myself that I will teach until I can't and thats all I have to hang on to.
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    short and lovelong term goals
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  4. page Reflections edited Part 1: A Personal Reflection Write a 300 – 500-word summary which returns to your instrumental a…
    Part 1: A Personal Reflection
    Write a 300 – 500-word summary which returns to your instrumental and missional goals by:
    Restating and possibly revising your goals.
    Describing where were you looking to anticipate change?
    Explaining what is the diversity measure of your network? Remember to think in terms of your PLN.
    Exploring in what ways (if any) you feel courageous enough to abandon the past?
    Part 2: Curating your Resources
    Based on the revised instrumental and missional goals you have set for yourself, you will create an annotated bibliography (of sorts) of 15-20 resources that help you not only build your leadership skills, but also resources that can help you craft your leadership presence. You will gather and share your resources using a new or favorite curation tool. You can find a nice list of possible tools here. If you are new to content curation, we recommend that you try out blendspace or you can simply add text with links to your site. CIick here for a quick tutorial on how to annotate your resources in blendspace.
    Remember that “resource” is a broad term. Traditionally, when we talk about academic resources, we are talking about articles. But, resources are everywhere. They are people, organizations, videos, etc. We want you to think outside of the box when trying to curate resources for your 5 Year Plan. Don’t limit your vision by having a static definition of what a resource is. Your resource curation should include:
    At least 5 articles, websites, PD opportunities, videos, locations, books, etc. to explore further
    At least 5 new additions to your PLN
    At least 5 potential resources for funding (1 should specifically be opportunities available to CPS teachers)

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Monday, May 8

  1. page ImagineIT Final report edited ImagineIT Final Report My ImagineIt was to incorporate genius hour (genius engineering) once a we…
    ImagineIT Final Report
    My ImagineIt was to incorporate genius hour (genius engineering) once a week within my 8th grade science curriculum. I currently teach one section of 8th grade science with 38 students including diverse learners. I want students to be involved in engineering challenges to help foster student collaboration and problem solving. I hope by incorporating genius hour students will feel empowered to take science beyond the sixty minutes they have science each day. Incorporating genius hour will hopefully impact students beyond my science class. My thought is that as my students take science beyond my class they will see science in their everyday lives and the world around them.
    Reflecting on my ImagineIT leaves me with so many mixed feelings. I feel like there were so many things I could have done differently. I set out to have a certain number of stem design challenges completed during my genius engineering hour and I’m well below that number and my expectation and vision of genius engineering looked very different in my head from what actually took place in the classroom. There were times that I felt like what am I doing and what was I thinking and was this true learning for my students. There were very chaotic times in my classroom and I felt that if my new principal walked in she would think, “what in the world is going on in this class”. It wasn’t long before what looked like chaos was actually student engagement and learning on a different level a level that didn’t include me in the driver’s seat but rather a passenger.
    Here we are almost at the end of the year and I’m feeling like I was successful in giving my students a different experience in science that they would not have had if I were not an MSUrban Stem fellow. I took risks and learned some very important lessons. I have learned to trust my students and their respect for their discovery and learning processes. I have also learned that I need to be more flexible in my vision and expectations because the unintended result and outcome is often better than the intended result or outcome.
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  2. page ImagineIT Final report edited ImagineIT Final Report Reflecting My ImagineIt was to incorporate genius hour (genius engineerin…
    ImagineIT Final Report
    ReflectingMy ImagineIt was to incorporate genius hour (genius engineering) once a week within my 8th grade science curriculum. I currently teach one section of 8th grade science with 38 students including diverse learners. I want students to be involved in engineering challenges to help foster student collaboration and problem solving. I hope by incorporating genius hour students will feel empowered to take science beyond the sixty minutes they have science each day. Incorporating genius hour will hopefully impact students beyond my science class. My thought is that as my students take science beyond my class they will see science in their everyday lives and the world around them.
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    me with so many mixed feelingsfeelings. I feel like there were so many things I could have done differently. I set out to have a certain number of stem design challenges completed during my genius engineering hour and I’m well below that number and my expectation and vision of genius engineering looked very different in my head from what actually took place in the classroom. There were times that I felt like what am I doing and what was I thinking and was this true learning for my students. There were very chaotic times in my classroom and I felt that if my new principal walked in she would think, “what in the world is going on in this class”. It wasn’t long before what looked like chaos was actually student engagement and learning on a different level a level that didn’t include me in the driver’s seat but rather a passenger.
    Here we are almost at the end of the year and I’m feeling like I was successful in giving my students a different experience in science that they would not have had if I were not an MSUrban Stem fellow. I took risks and learned some very important lessons. I have learned to trust my students and their respect for their discovery and learning processes. I have also learned that I need to be more flexible in my vision and expectations because the unintended result and outcome is often better than the intended result or outcome.

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  3. page ImagineIT Spring Update edited ... {IMG_2020.jpg} Elephant Toothpaste lab {IMG_2347.jpg} Six Flags Great America Physics Day …
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    {IMG_2020.jpg} Elephant Toothpaste lab
    {IMG_2347.jpg} Six Flags Great America Physics Day
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    {IMG_2331.jpg} Drop Zone Stem Design Challenge.
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