Welcome Back

5 09 2022

Hi everyone – welcome back!! I am looking forward to working with you this year. Please let me know if there is anything you need from MTRACT as we move forward.

I found a video that I thought may be helpful for some of you as you return to your classrooms. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Tips for First Year Teachers

22 08 2022

Another year for many and a first year for some! Congratulations and welcome! Enjoy the following video and hopefully you will find some useful tips πŸ™‚

Choice Boards with Torrey Trust, PHD Amherst

1 03 2022

The Teacher Center forum has shared this very valuable resource created by Dr. Torrey Trust, an associate professor of Learning Technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She shares resources that take technology to the next level through choice boards that “enrich the learning experiences of educators and students alike” (https://www.torreytrust.com/home)

I was particularly impressed with the design projects page – https://www.torreytrust.com/design-projects. The following is one example of a Choice Board that ultimately has students do a critical analysis of the coverage of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Critical thinking, research, and evaluation of websites reporting information is crucial to our students in the social media world we live in.


Parent Teacher Conference Tips from Edutopia

15 11 2021

Project Based Learning

16 10 2021

I am a huge proponent of PBL Here is a video from Edutopia that demonstrates the differences between projects and project based learning. I’ve included a link under the video that will help you with the shift toward project based learning. Enjoy πŸ™‚


And We’re Back! Well – almost…

20 08 2021

I found the following video in Edutopia and thought I’d share. Some of you may already use this strategy but some may find it a worthwhile and unique way to get to know your students.

ENJOY the rest of summer and this video πŸ™‚

Data Literacy in K-12

17 06 2021

Data is all around us and our students need to understand not only how to “get the data” but how to “interpret the data”. We had great tools with Curriculum Pathways for many years in multiple subject areas. That has gone away. However, SAS has a new FREE tool for us to use! There are many facets to this new website and I will elaborate on them in future posts. For now, explore the DataFly resource at the following URL: https://curiosity.sas.com/en/resources/datafly.html

Here’s a video from SAS on Achieving Data Literacy in K-12. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Using Comics to Engage Students

8 05 2021

Have you ever thought of having students create comics for reports? Here’s a great article from Edutopia that demonstrates using a comic to solve a math problem. Think of how comics can be used in all subject areas! Enjoy πŸ™‚

How to Turn Math Word Problems Into Engaging Comics | Edutopia

CTLE – Get them and Report them

31 03 2021

Hi all

I’m hoping that you are enjoying a well deserved break! NYS Teacher Centers have a new website and there are many free workshops that are being offered online. Go to https://newyorkteachercenters.org All classes are CTLE sponsored so they will count toward your State requirement.

Many have asked about reporting your CTLE hours. When your five year date approaches, you will see a checkbox on your TEACH page. You are required to check the box to attest that you have completed the 100 hours in your five year period. There is NOTHING to submit. Hold on to your records. At some point, the NYS Education Office MAY contact you for an audit of your hours.

The following is taken directly from the NYS Education website:

CTLE certificate holdersΒ shall maintain a record of completed CTLE, which shall include: the title of the program, the total number of hours completed, the number of hours completed in language acquisition addressing the need of English language learners, the sponsor’s name and any identifying number, attendance verification, and the date and location of the program. Such records shall be retained for at least three years from the end of the registration period in which the CTLE was completed and shall be available for review by the Department upon request. Completion certificates are not to be submitted to the Office of Teaching Initiatives unless they are requested.

Have a great week,


Free Webinars from NYSUT

20 01 2021

NYSUT has been offering several free webinars to members. There are several being offered on certification and CTLE hours beginning February 10th. Click on the Cert/CTLE page of this site to register.

In addition, I’ve linked to two webinars on blended/hybrid learning (also NYSUT) below. Kira Martelli, a sixth grade teacher at Berner is one of the presenters so I’m sure you will find them valuable.

Session One: Teaching in Blended & Hybrid Models: Session I – Preparing to Balance It All – Vimeo
Session Two: Instruction, Assessment, Now What?

For the Resources click here