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      June and July 2015

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In the Spotlight for Summer (June and July) 2015

Summer Learning
    Reflecting on the School Year
    Rejuvenating Your Teaching Practice
       Reading & Writing in the Disciplines
       Incorporating Arts
       Summer Professional Development
    Relaxing All Summer Long
       Your Personal Reading Lists
       Summer Science Projects

Annenberg Learner Announcements
    Reading & Writing in the Disciplines Now on DVD
    Upcoming Conferences: International Literacy Association (ILA)
    Pardis Sabeti to Share Research with Against All Odds Users
    New Format, Same Monthly Update
 
Annenberg Foundation Update
    Emerging Experience Opens June 6 at Skylight Studios (Los Angeles)

Are you ready for summer? It is time for a little R & R... & R. In this last update of the school year, we will give you ideas to Reflect on the year, Rejuvenate your teaching practice, and Relax with summer activities. Set your summer intentions and enjoy. The next update will land in your inbox around August 1st with tips for starting the school year. (Don't forget to add updates@learner.org to your approved senders list, since we are now using Constant Contact.)
Summer Learning 
Reflecting on the School Year

Summer is the perfect time to pause and look back at the school year. How did it go? What challenges did you face? What improvements can you make for next year? The following resources offer guidance with your reflections.

As a teacher, are you more of a conductor or an air traffic controller? Have you ever tried to define your teaching? The Metaphorically Speaking interactive in The Next Move workshop spurs you to think of a metaphor to describe your teaching to others, and also to help you develop a focus. Read what other teachers have used as metaphors for their own teaching.

Neuroscience &
                                              the ClassroomDid you struggle with keeping your students' attention or motivating them? Neuroscience & the Classroom  shows how brain research can inform instructional practices. Learn to effectively manage a variety of learning styles and attention spans. Use the course's search function to find the topics you want to explore.

Connecting With the Arts, program 8, "Reflecting on Our Practice," provides strategies for solo and group reflection to improve curriculum and refine lesson plans.

Teaching Reading
                                              Workshop K2How can you encourage literacy in the home? How can you better support your English language learners? How can you work on comprehension skills? Teaching Reading Workshop, K-2, offers reflection worksheets for each session. Glean ideas from these reflection sheets, and adapt them to other subject areas and grade levels.

Consider creating informal professional learning communities over the summer or build your case to develop them during the next school year. Critical Issues in School Reform, videos on Innovation in Professional Collaboration, outline group reflection activities (like the Tuning Protocol and the Consultancy) that examine student work and classroom instruction.


Rejuvenating Your Teaching Practice

Discipline Literacy for Middle and High School Teachers

Are you new to the concept of discipline literacy? Start with three blog posts on LearnerLog.org as an introduction to the topic: "How Does Discipline Literacy Differ from Content-Area Literacy?," "Literacy in the 21st Century," and "Preparing Students to Read." Next, move to Reading & Writing in the Disciplines for more in-depth study of what discipline literacy looks like in math, history/social studies, science, and English classrooms.   
 
Connecting Arts
                                              LibraryIncorporating Arts

Consider hooking students by integrating the arts into your subject. One of our favorite connections is demonstrated in program 11, "Can Frogs Dance?" from Connecting With the Arts Library. A science and dance teacher ask students to compare the anatomy of frogs and humans, while the language arts teacher coaches students in a debate about whether a frog should be allowed to join a ballet company.


Summer Professional Development

This summer, meet your specific professional development requirements by earning graduate credit and CEUs through Colorado State University, the University of San Diego, and PBS Teacherline. View the course list, enrollment dates, deadlines, and credit options online. Anyone can register for these classes.  


Relaxing All Summer Long

Your Personal Reading Lists

You deserve to relax a little. What better way to relax and escape than by reading fiction and poetry? It is hard to find time to pick up books just for fun during the school year. Kick back with that book that has been calling your name all year, or choose one from the programs below.

Invitation to World
                                              LiteratureEscape into exotic worlds of fiction by reading books like The Tale of Genji and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Watch Invitation to World Literature to hear how artists, dancers, and others connect with their favorite reads. Go to the Connections section to find modern popular interpretations of these stories. 

Take emotional journeys and visit landscapes of the mind with some of America's greatest poets. Elizabeth Bishop lived both in Brazil and Maine, and captured the spirit of these places and their people in her poems. Feel the pulse of land and water in "The Map" and the murmurings of old people in "The Moose," in program 1 of Voices & Visions.

Langston Hughes evokes the rhythm of the people and the landscape of the African continent in "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," in program 6. Stream the video or play the audio while closing your eyes and seeing the words paint the images.

Summer Science Projects

If your idea of relaxation involves getting outdoors or working with your hands, then here are some activities for you.

Life ScienceMake models of the Sun, Earth, and Moon and create a series that matches the phases of the Moon using the Moon Phase Activity from A Private Universe.

Build your own miniature ecosystems and observe plant and butterfly life cycles within. All instructions and links for materials are provided in Life Science: Brassica and Butterfly System.

Create a Cat-Traption, or Rube Goldberg-style machine. First, see if you can tell where the energy comes from as you move through different stages of the Cat-Traption interactive in workshop 3, "Transfer and Conversion of Energy," of Science in Focus: Energy. Then try making your own Cat-Traption at home.

Start a rock collection and examine the geological makeup of your neighborhood. Use the Rock Cycle interactive to help you identify the specimens you collect.


For more summer activities and learning opportunities related to exploring the ocean, riding a roller coaster, and growing a garden, check out the Summer 2013 monthly update.

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Annenberg Learner Announcements
New on DVD

The new course Reading & Writing in the Disciplines, featuring 59 short classroom examples in mathematics, science, English, and history/social studies, is now available on DVD. Purchase your copy by calling 1-800-LEARNER.

Upcoming Conferences

International Literacy Association Conference (ILA), July 18-20, St. Louis, MO, booth 2014.


Pardis Sabeti to Share Research with Against All Odds Users

Against All
                                                    OddsScientist, host of the newly updated Against All Odds: Inside Statistics, and one of TIME magazine's most influential people, Pardis Sabeti is reaching out to students who are using the video series. She will share data sets and updates on her Ebola research. If your class is using this series during the 2015-16 school year, and you would like to receive information and become part of the user group, send an email to aao@learner.org. Please provide an email address for a class contact, the school name and class (e.g., Mr. Deming's AP Stats Class). Dr. Sabeti and her team will contact teachers during the summer. If you have already provided your info, then you are on the list and there is no need to resubmit. 


New Format, Same Monthly Update

Starting this month, you may notice a few differences in our monthly update. We are using Constant Contact to send you the update. While the format may look slightly different, the content is the same useful information on what's new from Annenberg Learner and on Learner.org. Please let us know if you have any questions at info@learner.org.

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Annenberg Foundation Update
Emerging Experience Opens June 6 at Skylight Studios (Los Angeles)

The Annenberg Space for Photography announced the June 6 opening of Emerging Experience, a multimedia installation at Skylight Studios that offers imagery centered around three different themes: Taste (June 6 - July 12), Sound (July 13 - August 16) and Style (August 17 - September 20). You can submit your own pictures for Taste today. Simply take and post a creative foodie photo on Instagram with #EmergingTaste, and your image could be selected to be featured in the installation!

Ermerging Experience

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