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Sunday, February 26, 2017

MEAs 2017

MEAs 2017

1.Every staff person that is administering or proctoring the test must watch the following training videos and familiarize themselves with the Test Administration Manual by March 17th.

2.Every staff person that will administer or proctor the test must sign the Test Security Agreement and turn it into Justin by March 17th.
3. Monica and Jenny will coordinate accommodations.
4.Every person that administers or proctors the test must follow a script. Scripts are in the Test Administration Manual.

5.All students should be familiar with test taking strategies and online test technology features and login. Sample tests and test taking strategies must be done by March 17th.
6.Test Administration
  • Student logins will be provided to classroom teachers.
  • Students will use an app that has been pushed to their iPads. 
  • Students do not need to be locked into the app. They will be locked in automatically.
  • Proctor Passwords will be used when students have paused their test for longer than 30 minutes. Keep Proctor Passwords confidential.
  • Test completion:
  • Click FINISH
  • Click TURN IN
  • Click TURN IN again

Monday, January 23, 2017

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.

South School subscribes to BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. It is a wonderful online library of videos and educational games. They can be used to deliver content to your class or used independently by your students. Each video includes an online quiz and related games. Teachers can create classrooms, assign videos and games, and monitor student progress. Click on the links below for more information or schedule training time with me during your CPT time, planning period or mornings between 7:30 and 8:30.

Brain Pop Overview

You will find a list of Videos and Lesson Plans in the Educators Section of BrainPop. Just click on "Getting Started" then click on the "Topic and Lesson Directory". 
The directory is divided into Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. content, then divided into broad subject categories. You can also search by standard.
This is a selection of science videos in Brain Pop JR. Videos in BrainPop Jr are for grades K-3 and videos for BrainPop are for grades 3-8. You can link to videos and lesson ideas from the directory.

When you click on Lesson Ideas from the directory you will see a description of the video, background information for teachers and families, and lesson plans. Lesson plans include Common Core Standards that are aligned.

The "My Brain Pop" feature helps you to create individual student accounts and assess student knowledge of topics presented in videos and games.
Educational games are provide in collaboration with various partner groups like the Cornell Ornithology Lab. Click the link above to see a directory of games. Games can be assigned and lesson plans are provided.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Election 2016

Here are some great resources to help you teach students about the candidates and the election process.

We subscribe to Pebble Go and the social studies database. The section about Government includes articles about democracy and voting. Pebble Go also has a special election event that will start on October 10. They also have free election materials at

Video from Common Sense Media

Order a free "How to become president of the United States" poster here. There are also lesson plans and short videos.

You'll find information about the candidates, a mock election, and an interactive description of "The Road to White House".

Look here for videos on the election process. 

Printable materials for teachers.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Library Books
by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

by Michael Hall
Lesson Plans LINK
Activity Pages LINK

by Christine Baldacchino

by Gayle Pitman

Transgender Information
Kids Health LINK
Human Rights Campaign LINK
Purple Rainbow Organization LINK