Are Zeroes Really That Motivating?

The following is a series of blog post reflections from the 1st period professional learning community (PLC) at New Tech High.  Andrew Biggs, Angelene Warnock, and Lily Rex are the teachers that comprise the PLC. Are Zeroes Really That Motivating? by Andrew Biggs Introduction When students do not submit important benchmarks or knowledge check-ins, it … Continue reading Are Zeroes Really That Motivating?

Getting Students to Access and Engage With Resources

The following post is written by and a contribution from New Tech High's 5th period PLC team.  The team consists of the following teachers: Lisa Gottfried, Digital Design, Estevan Perez, Math, Jon Southam, Math, and Cecilia Guerrero-Gopar, Spanish. How do we get students to access and engage in resources in the room (both digital and … Continue reading Getting Students to Access and Engage With Resources

The Math of Scaffolding

Originally posted at http://www.projectbasedliving.com Effective scaffolding within project-based learning can be a tricky animal. Many times, we struggle finding the happy spot between a student-centered free for all and the worst monotonous traditional approach.  The difficulty with scaffolding effectively is many times it takes more time, creating scaffolds that you end up not using, differentiating … Continue reading The Math of Scaffolding

Playing By The Same Rules

One of the biggest misnomers about our work at New Technology High School is people understanding who we are.  Locally, we struggle with people having a clear perception of what we do.  We have heard New Tech High is: The small alternative school for weird students Only for students that like computers A private school … Continue reading Playing By The Same Rules

The Surface, Deep, & Transfer of PBL

I've been blessed to know Michael McDowell for some time now. Michael previously taught at New Technology High School, worked for New Tech Network, and is now currently the Superintendent of Ross School District in Marin County and author of Rigorous PBL by Design.  Recently, our Center for Excellence, a professional development program that provides … Continue reading The Surface, Deep, & Transfer of PBL