#ObserveME

I have joined the #ObserveMe movement to promote transparency, encourage feedback, and model continuous improvement.  Based on my Mission Statement, I designed my #ObserveMe sign to gather feedback in the areas that are important to me as a leader:

  • celebrateWhen awesome things happen, we should celebrate – small things and big things.  It’s all about perspective – what is small to one may be huge to another.  I want to celebrate others for who they are and what they do.
  • honor – People should feel they are important.  They should be valued.  The alternative, feeling unimportant and not valued, is so detrimental and so challenging from which to recover, showing honor is not negotiable.  I want to honor people.
  • acknowledge – Recognition of others’ insight, perspective, time, and even presence matters.  I want to acknowledge other people, all people.
  • inspire – I want others to be better, personally and professionally, because they have interacted with me (short term or long term).
  • notice – The phrase I see you is worth its weight in gold!  It is so important to show a little kindness and think of others and notice people – sometimes those who should be noticed are right in front of us.  I want to notice others.

Robert Kaplinsky, Mathematics Teacher Specialist in Southern California, recently posted this challenge to his blog andincluded a template to use.  He says, “We can make the idea of peer observations commonplace.”

This sign is hanging in my office:

 

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Scanning the QR code will bring you to this google form:

 

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Desmos: Number Lines

The amazing Desmos can be used to create number lines for our upper elementary learners.  After a few simple steps you can create a number line from a two-variable coordinate plane…

1. Access http://www.desmos.com.

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2. Tap Graph Settings (the wrench tool) and uncheck the boxes for Grid and Y-Axis.

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3. Check the box for Arrows.

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4.  Add the point (a,0).

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5.  Click the button to add a slider for a.

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Press the play button and watch the point move between -10 and 10.  These are the default values.  You can adjust these values by clicking on the number and typing the value you prefer.

Now, the awesome part…

Press the pause button and ask what is the value?  Or, given a specific number, place the point on the number line.

Zoom in and out to adjust the minimum and maximum values or tap on Graph Settings (the wrench tool) to adjust precisely.