What happens when modern technology meets Developmental Designs?
New and
exciting ideas, as well as timesavers!

After completing the Developmental
Designs 1 workshop two summers ago, I loved the idea of doing the advisory
meeting, Circle of Power and Respect (CPR), with my homeroom each morning,
greeting them first with a written message. After a few weeks of writing my
messages on chart paper, I began looking for a way to make them more efficient.
Enter the interactive white board-a technological device that projects
information and allows students to respond directly-that I already was using in
my science and math lessons. For CPR, I created an electronic slide using
PowerPoint containing my Daily News message and projected it on the white
board.

I
soon realized I’d need a separate slide each day that displayed the interactive
question and listed student numbers so they could each respond to the question,
so I created a second template for this purpose.

As students enter
the room, they read the question and respond to it using the white board
markers. When we’re ready to begin our advisory meeting, I switch to the Daily
News slide, and everyone takes a moment to read the message. I save these slides
monthly for potential reuse or revision. Using the white board and PowerPoint
has quite a few advantages:

 

  • the display is large enough so everyone in the classroom can see it
  • slides can be saved, modified and shared with colleagues
  • instructions for any greeting, activity, or game can be typed right on the
    screen, or a separate slide can be added to explain the procedure
  • students enjoy writing on the screen to share their ideas and opinions
  • colorful graphics and backgrounds can be added
  • students can be involved in creating the slides
  • web addresses can be linked and used in activities or discussion
  • individual slides can be printed and used by a substitute teacher, if
    necessary

I love the time shared with my students each morning in
the Circle of Power and Respect. Developing a more efficient way of planning for
CPR through an interactive white board and PowerPoint slide creation allows me
more time to incorporate other Developmental Designs strategies into my
teaching.

Nancy Curl teaches seventh graders at Olson Middle School in
Tabernacle NJ.

This article first appeared in the Origins’
publication Developmental Designs: A Middle School Newsletter, Winter
2009

 

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