Instructional Strategies

1-3-6 Cooperative Learning Strategy

2 Points

A critical skill our students need to develop is the ability to listen and communicate their ideas with others.  The collaborative learning strategy 1-3-6 allows students to develop and practice these skills as they learn area specific content.


Become a Guided Reading Guru: Part 1 (Pre-K through Grade 5)

2 Points

Guided Reading has become a staple in creating proficient readers starting from the beginning.


Become a Guided Reading Guru: Part 2 (Pre-K through Grade 5)

2 Points

Guided Reading has become a staple in creating proficient readers. This task helps you create your own lesson plan for guided reading.


Differentiating for Gifted Learners

2 Points

This badge will give you ideas for how you can differentiate to meet the needs of gifted learners in your classroom without creating a lot of extra work for yourself.


Digital Learning Menus Part 1 – Participate

2 Points

Learning menus (aka choice boards) are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities.


Digital Learning Menus Part 2 – Create

2 Points

You must complete Part 1 before earning this badge. Learning menus (aka choice boards) are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities.


Fountas and Pinnell Modeling

2 Points

Share some of your procedures and ways that you are using and incorporating Fountas and Pinnell successfully with your students.


Fulfilling Accommodations and Modifications

1 Points

Students with disabilities have accommodations and modifications to assist them within the general education classroom. These are vital to their success. Although there are several provided, we all have our own success stories of new ways we’ve found to help these struggling students.


Fun with Anchor Charts

2 Points

Anchor charts are an easy, useful tool to use in the classroom.


Getting Started with Interactive Read-Alouds

2 Points

Earn the badge for getting started with interactive read-alouds by watching this introductory video.


Guided Reading for PreK – 2

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Guided Reading in the PreK - 2 classroom.


Homemade Fine Motor Manipulatives

2 Points

Learn how to create fine motor manipulatives to help your students develop the necessary skills to be successful with everyday activities!


I-squared strategy (Identify and Interpret)

2 Points

I-squared strategy requires students to Identify and Interpret an image, diagram, formula, or graph and provides a template for writing about the image.


Identifying Gifted Students

2 Points

This badge will help you identify students that you may or may not already view as being gifted.


Implementing Sped Modifications

2 Points

Implementing special ed modifications and accommodations can be quite tricky and quite time consuming, at times. By keeping track of the students who require accommodations, it will ensure you’re meeting their needs and staying compliant. Attached, you will find an editable tracker to assist you in doing so.


Inquiry Based Learning

2 Points

A student-centered learning strategy in which the teacher serves as a facilitator by posing questions, problems, or scenarios.


Interactive Read-Alouds and Literature Discussions for PreK – 2 (Level 1)

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Interactive Read-Alouds in the PreK - 2 classroom.


Interactive Writing for PreK – 2

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Interactive Writing in the PreK - 2 classroom.


Jigsaw Collaborative Learning Strategy

2 Points

A critical skill our students need to develop is the ability to listen and communicate their ideas with others.  The collaborative learning strategy Jigsaw allows students to develop and practice these skills as they learn area specific content.


Literature Discussions in the PreK-2 Classroom

2 Points

Implement literature discussions in your classroom.


Literature through Script Writing

2 Points

Have students take a story and turn it into a script to help them to picture the story elements.  


Modified Testing Format

2 Points

Most special needs students require a modified testing format. This is usually done by reducing the amount of questions and/or choices, rephrasing or paraphrasing questions, or providing an alternate assignment, just to name a few. How do you adjust your test to accommodate your special needs students?


My Favorite No!

2 Points

Teachers will learn about using the “My Favorite No” strategy as an in-class assessment and a way to collect data and analyze student understanding of a particular topic.


Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study for PreK – 2

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study in the PreK - 2 classroom.


Quiz, Quiz, Trade

2 Points

Teachers will use the game, “Quiz, Quiz, Trade” to review a unit.


Rubrics in the Classroom

2 Points

Using rubrics in the classroom helps clarify expectations of your assignments


Running Records Level 1: Giving and Recording

2 Points

Do you remember the little details that go into giving a running record? Review your knowledge of running records and take a quick quiz to show what you know!


Running Records Level 2: Analyzing

2 Points

Now that you know how to properly give and score a running record, the next step is to properly analyze the errors and self corrections. You will be able to see what strategic actions your students already control and which they need to learn how to use.


Running Records Level 3: Classroom Implementation

2 Points

Knowing how to give and analyze running records is the first step. Now it’s time to use running records to guide your instruction.


Science Journals – Think like a Scientist

2 Points

Use Science journals as a way to get your students to think like a scientist.


Share a PDF Copy of your Google File

2 Points

Sometimes people prefer PDF files because they’re easy to print, download, and open in existing programs (not everyone uses Google, can you believe that?). How about you give them a PDF link that is always up to date?


Level 1: Shared and Performance Reading for PreK – 2

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Shared and Performance Reading in the PreK - 2 classroom.


Level 2: Learn about Shared and Performance Reading in your classroom

2 Points

Implement Shared and Performance Reading in your classroom.


Tea Party Cooperative Learning Strategy

2 Points

Tea Party is a simple quick cooperative learning strategy that  is useful because not only does it allow for all students to get a chance and share with another student, but additionally, it allows for students to work together to come up with a solution.


Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Boards

2 Points

Teachers will use a Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Board to help students demonstrate their skills and understanding of a unit in a variety of ways.


USA Test Prep (Middle School/Junior High/High School) – Level 2

2 Points

USA Test Prep diagnostic benchmark system provides a performance snapshot at the student, class, school, and district level.


USA Test Prep: Enrichment and Brain Breaks – Level 1

2 Points

Teachers will learn about additional resources available in USA Test Prep and practice implementing those in class.


Music in the Classroom

2 Points

Teachers will review the benefits of using music in the classroom, practice using music in their classroom, and record the results.


Utilizing Call Backs / Attention Getters

2 Points

Learn how to utilize attention-getters in the classroom to improve student engagement.


Visual Phonics

2 Points

Use visual phonics in your classroom to improve student knowledge of letter names and sounds.


Whole Brain Teaching – Bronze Level Certification

2 Points

Demonstrate your general, theoretical understanding of whole brain teaching by completing Bronze Level Certification.  


Writing About Reading for PreK – 2

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Writing About Reading in the PreK - 2 classroom.


Writing Workshop for PreK – 2

2 Points

Deepen your understanding of Writing Workshop in the PreK - 2 classroom.

Tech Tools

Adobe Spark- Page

2 Points

A great way for students/teachers to create webpages for many different items.  For example, you could use it for: reports, blogs, portfolios, reflections, newsletters, journals, etc.


Adobe Spark- Recording

2 Points

Use Adobe Spark to create easy, yet powerful videos.


App Smashing

2 Points

App Smashing is the fun and creative process of combining the attributes of more than one application to demonstrate learning. App smashing can combine as few as two apps, or as many as one can imagine!


Canva

2 Points

Canva is an easy-to-use digital design website that allows you to use pre-made templates, or start from scratch, to create professional presentations, documents, logos, etc.


Class Tools to Enhance Student Engagement

2 Points

Use Classtools to create tools and games that are interactive and easy to use.


Class Dojo Toolkit

2 Points

The teacher will use Toolkit on Class Dojo to explore classroom management tools.


Create with Canva!

2 Points

Inspire creativity with Canva through graphic creations.


EDpuzzle Level 1: The Basics

2 Points

EDpuzzle allows teachers to crop videos from organizations such as Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, YouTube,Ted Talks, and a few others in an easy format while also adding audio notes, quizzes, or audio voiceovers.


EdPuzzle Level 2: Setting Up Your Class

2 Points

EdPuzzle combines videos teachers make or find (from Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, YouTube,Ted Talks, and others) with custom questions, audio notes, and voice overs. It integrates with Google Classroom, so students can be added a whole class at a time.


Flipgrid – Level 2

2 Points

Flipgrid is where your students go to share ideas and learn together. It’s where students amplify and feel amplified. It’s video the way students use video.


FlipGrid – Level 1

2 Points

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and their families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every student an equal and amplified voice in discussing prompts organized by the educator.


Private: Flippity Pro

2 Points

Flippity is a Google Sheets Add-on that allows users to create a variety of cool items from flash cards to a crossword puzzle to a quiz show!


Get Going With GoNoodle

2 Points

GoNoodle is a video resource that you can use for Brain Breaks, Relaxation, Indoor Recess, and Learning Style Differentiation (bringing kinetic learning into the classroom easily).


Kahoot Basics!

2 Points

Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!


Go Formative Advanced

2 Points

Now that you know how to create, give and analyze a GoFormative assessment let’s get a little deeper and add a variety of different types of test items.


Go Formative Basics

2 Points

Learn to create simple online multiple choice assessments. These assessments will be automatically graded and you can view data instantly.


Go Formative Data

2 Points

Evaluate Data with GoFormative. See how your students do as a class, on each question, and compared to your other classes.  Easily allow students to see and track their own data.


Grammarly

2 Points

Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web.


Kahoot Basics!

2 Points

Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!


LastPass – Staff

2 Points

Once you save a password in LastPass, you’ll always have it when you need it; logging in is fast and easy.


LucidChart

2 Points

Lucidchart combines ease of use with more robust functionality to accommodate all students, from those in elementary school to those in advanced engineering courses. Teachers and education leaders can also use the software to explain complex processes and demonstrate learning techniques.


Mystery Skype

2 Points

The teacher will use Mystery Skype to collaborate within their classroom and communicate with other classrooms around the world.


Nearpod

2 Points

Nearpod is a classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons & assessments that students can access on any device.


A New Way to Remind

2 Points

Remind is a messaging tool that can empower clear communication throughout your parents, staff, etc.


Newsela

2 Points

Newsela is a nonfiction reading site where readers can access real news articles, then adjust them to match their reading level to annotate and more!


No Red Ink

2 Points

Teachers will learn how to create classes and develop practices, quizzes, and diagnostics on No Red Ink.


Pear Deck – Level 1

2 Points

Pear Deck “[t]ransform[s] presentations into classroom conversations with an array of interactive and formative assessment questions.”


Pear Deck – Level 2

2 Points

Pear Deck aims to help teachers efficiently understand individual students’ progress in the classroom.


PhET Interactive Simulations

2 Points

PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery


Piktochart (Student)

2 Points

Piktochart is a free tool for making infographics, presentations, and printables. Infographics are concise visual representations of data and information that is easily viewed and understood.


Piktochart (Teacher)

2 Points

Piktochart is a free tool for making infographics, presentations, and printables. Infographics are concise visual representations of data and information that is easily viewed and understood.


Plickers

2 Points

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices


Prezi

2 Points

Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional slide making programs such as PowerPoint. Instead of slides, Prezi makes use of one large canvas that allows you to pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas and emphasize the ideas presented there.


Quizlet Live

2 Points

Quizlet Live is a powerful tool filled with fun and engagement for both the students and teachers. It takes Quizlet off of the computer screen only and brings it into a real world interactive competition!


Quizlet: Creating a Study Set

2 Points

Quizlet is a great way to help kids study for vocab tests or remember important terms.


Quizizz

2 Points

Quizziz is a free game-based tool that allows you to create fun, multi-player quiz games that can be used both in the classroom as a quick formative assessment and out of the classroom for homework.


ReCap

2 Points

Recap allows learners to create short video responses to questions or prompts. It’s free (for now).


Screencastify Your Classroom!

2 Points

Use Screencastify in your classroom for video recording magic!


SeeSaw Digital Portfolios

2 Points

Using SeeSaw, students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.


Sending Positive Parent Communication

2 Points

Effective communication is essential to create strong school-home partnerships and to increase parental involvement.


Social Media and your Classroom!

1 Points

Post your class activities to the school Facebook page to earn this badge!


Socrative

2 Points

Teachers will learn how to create classes and develop assessments using Socrative.



Spicing Up Quizlet Live

2 Points

Quizlet Live is great to play with your class to review. Now time to spice it up with your students even more!


Sporcle

2 Points

Sporcle is a trivia quiz website on which users have a set amount of time to complete their responses. Sporcle can be utilized as a study tool that covers a multitude of subjects. Teachers can create timed assessments for student-use.


Sutori

2 Points

Sutori is a free website for creating and sharing content. This storytelling and presentation tool makes it easy to integrate all kinds of media into one beautiful and clean interface.


Symbaloo

2 Points

Teachers will learn how to manipulate Symbaloo to set up all classroom websites in one area.


ThingLink – Level 1

2 Points

ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.  Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button.


Thinglink – Level 2

2 Points

Thinglink allows teachers and students to create interactive images, videos, and audio clips as a way to fully immerse themselves into the content.


ThingLink – Level 1

2 Points

ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.  Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button.


Thinglink – Level 2

2 Points

Thinglink allows teachers and students to create interactive images, videos, and audio clips as a way to fully immerse themselves into the content.


Uploading to YouTube To Engage Learning

2 Points

Teachers will submit a video to Youtube related to a concept learned in class. This could include: a song, skit, chant, or even schoolwide expectations.


VideoNot.es

2 Points

VideoNot.es allows you or your students take notes along with a video and share them using Google Drive or Evernote. You can sign in using Google.


Wizer.me

2 Points

Create and share free interactive worksheets that are organized and easy to make for your students online.

Google

Book Creator

2 Points

Create shareable books that include audio, video, illustrations, photographs and more.


Chrome Extensions

2 Points

Chrome Extensions are programs that you can add to your Google Chrome browser that make the Chrome experience more tailored to you.


Chromebook 101

2 Points

Learn the ins and outs of maneuvering around a Chromebook. Learn buttons shortcuts, the many uses of the touchpad, and other tips/tricks.


Create a Google Site

2 Points

Google Sites is an easy-to-use website that you can create your own websites for FREE.


Getting Started with Google Hangout/Meet

2 Points

Google Hangouts/Meet is a great way to connect your classroom with other classrooms, take your classroom on a field trip, or attend professional development anywhere in the world.


Google Applied Digital Skills – Part 1

3 Points

This online, video-based curriculum includes lessons for a wide range of learners, from middle school to college, and beyond.


Google Applied Digital Skills – Part 2

3 Points

This badge is a "second part" badge that works with this online, video-based curriculum includes lessons for a wide range of learners, from middle school to college, and beyond.


Google Classroom Level 1

2 Points

Teachers can create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized, all in one place.


Google Classroom Level 2

2 Points

Teachers can create assignments, send announcements, and instantly start class discussions. You can earn TWO Badges!!


Google DIY Tips

1 Points

Everyone uses the Google Suite in different ways. What tip do you use that simplifies your life?


Google Expeditions

2 Points

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!


Google MyMaps

2 Points

Create and share your own maps online with My Maps


Google Shared Drive

2 Points

Google shared drive allows a cohort/group to contribute and access materials from anywhere.


Hyperdocs

2 Points

HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom.


Organize your Google Drive

2 Points

Google Drive has become an essential tool for teachers, but they can get unorganized and messy in a heartbeat. This badge will help you organize your drive and help you easily find the things you need, quickly.


To-Do Lists with Google Keep

2 Points

Quickly capture notes wherever you are to share with others.


Transposing a Document in Google Keep

2 Points

Taking text from a picture has never been easier! Use Google Keep to transpose the text from a picture!


Using Google Forms For CFA’s

2 Points

Teachers will learn and manipulate the tools available in Google Forms to create a self - grading CFA.


Using Google Sheets

2 Points

Learn ways to incorporate Google Sheets into your classroom!

The Extras

Becoming a STAR/AR Rockstar – Getting Started (Middle School)

2 Points

STAR and Accelerated Reader used together help teachers set the right goals, match students with the right reading materials, and gain deeper insight into progress quickly and efficiently - giving more time to differentiate and personalize each child’s learning experience for a profound and proven impact on growth.


Brain Break Sessions

2 Points

Breaking out in those brain break sessions are vital in the classroom to achieve maximum success. It’s easy to become overwhelmed while teaching students new concepts. Because of this, finding a quick and engaging activity from using our brains can be a great resource to maintaining focus.


Breakout EDU

2 Points

Breakout EDU, the immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box.


Build Interactive Stories with Bloxels!

2 Points

Bloxels EDU is the most intuitive platform for creating video games in the classroom. When students build games, they become the writers, artists, designers, and developers of their own interactive stories.


Check Out/Use Resources in the Library

2 Points

Find out what your library has to offer!


Classroom door decorating

2 Points

We all decorate our doors from time to time...it enhances the climate of our hallways and adds a joyful touch for our students to see when they come in the room.


Cricut Design Space

2 Points

Cricut Design Space allows for you to create your own text/ images, as well as use pre-made templates to create paper and vinyl cut-outs. This is a great tool if you have access to a Cricut machine. It helps you to customize your classroom, equipment and so much more!


Discover Nature Schools

2 Points

Discover Nature Schools lists free nature programs that align with state standards that get kids outside and exploring the world around them.


Ditch that Textbook Summit

3 Points

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers, starting the last part of December and running through the first week of January. 


Dominate Your Substitute Plans

2 Points

Although no one likes to be absent or make substitute plans, at some point, we all have to. View this powerpoint to gather ideas of how you can make sure your sub is taken care of to the fullest extent. Review the editable resources and create your own version to incorporate into your sub plans.


eBinders Participation – grades 4-12

4 Points

Participate in our new eBinders initiative (see Michele @ Middle School, Keri @ Junior High, or Stephanie @ High School).


eMule Star!

2 Points

eMule is our official email newsletter for our school district. If you are featured in an article or your classroom is you could earn this badge!


Incorporating our Community into your Classroom

2 Points

Partnering with community business/members with your classroom can help build great supportive relationships. This can start with just having a guest speaker come in or to have students exhibit their projects/ideas to them.


Learning Ally – Level 2

2 Points

Learning Ally is a resource used to support struggling readers and building a strong foundation for independent, engaged learners who are empowered to achieve socially, emotionally and academically, regardless of their learning difference.


Learning Ally Beginner

2 Points

Learning Ally is a resource that our district has purchased for students in grades 4-12. It is designed to help struggling readers by providing audio materials.  The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a multi-sensory reading accommodation that levels the playing field for students who struggle to read due to a reading deficit, providing them the opportunity to achieve in school and in life. 


Letters to nursing home and/or veterans

1 Points

Students can work to write/color letters to our local nursing homes or to send to our veterans.


Organizing an Event

2 Points

There’s so much work put into organizing an event at our schools. Whether it be a Transition Fair, Magic Show, Talent Show, or Prom, the teachers who help in organizing these events put in a lot of time and effort. So, why not get credit for it?


PechaKucha Presentations

2 Points

Japanese for “chit chat,” PechaKucha is a communication style that makes presenters get right to the point.  20 slides X 20 seconds each = a concise presentation.


PenPal Schools

2 Points

A global project-based online learning community where students can both explore independently and be held accountable for expanding their learning of various social cultures, world issues, and have discussions with students around the world.


Planting Life into your Classroom- Have plants in your room!

1 Points

Numerous studies have shown that indoor plants provide a number of benefits for health and wellbeing. Earn a badge for adding plants to your classroom!


Put me on the GREEN SCREEN!

3 Points

Teachers will increase their knowledge of using Green Screen as a way of empowering students to take a more active role as the teacher.


Rockstar Student Bulletin Board

2 Points

Every student has the potential to be a rockstar in our classrooms. Maybe it’s acts of kindness, maybe it’s acing a test, or maybe it’s bringing an interesting perspective to class discussions. Regardless of the reason, students respond well to positive reinforcement. How do you display gratitude for your students?


Share Your Classroom Organization Ideas

2 Points

The atmosphere of a positive learning environment is crucial in letting students know they are in an organized classroom setting. Earn this badge by sharing your organization hacks!


Shine of the Green Screen

2 Points

Be creative- go green!  Students can use any type of greenscreen- green shirt, tablecloth, pizza box, straws, etc.  to create a video or picture to understand a concept.


Sponsor a Club or Student Organization

2 Points

Service to the community of which you are a part is a great way to develop your own professional skills. Sponsoring a student organization or club can enhance your connection to your students and help develop leadership skills.


T’es Teach

2 Points

Create digital lessons in five minutes using t’es teach.   Collect all your digital content in one place, engage students with fun interactive lessons, and monitor student comprehension with discussions and quizzes.


Ted ED

2 Points

Add interactive questions, discussion topics and more to your favorite TED-Ed Animations, TED talks or any video on YouTube. Easily share lessons with your students and track the results.


TinkerCad

2 Points

Tinkercad is the entry-level 3D modeling design tool by Autodesk that allows users to create 3D objects simply as well as downloadable and 3D-printable items.


Yoga in the Classroom

2 Points

Yoga is a tool that engages, refocuses and develops self awareness in our students all while having fun.

Assessments

Data Collection and Analysis

2 Points

By using student data, teachers have a more accurate sense of student progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Teachers can utilize data to diagnose and address learning gaps and to correlate patterns to get to the root cause of learning difficulties.


USA Test Prep (Middle School/Junior High/High School) – Level 2

2 Points

USA Test Prep diagnostic benchmark system provides a performance snapshot at the student, class, school, and district level.


Using Google Forms For CFA’s

2 Points

Teachers will learn and manipulate the tools available in Google Forms to create a self - grading CFA.