Professional Learning Network

Professional Learning Network

One of the ways I’m excited about developing and using my Professional Learning Network is to have a central place from which I can easily get to professional sites that will enhance and stimulate my practice as a teacher.  I have many interests, including Mathematics, Science, and Choir.  Accordingly, I have tried to provide some interesting sites and professional organizations in each of my fields of interest.  However, the inspiration and heart to invest your life in the pursuit of helping young people become better versions of themselves are so critical to effectiveness as a teacher.  The following video was shared in my Math Pedagogy class by our instructor, Diane Bonebrake, and has subsequently been shared throughout Fremont Middle School by all teachers as an inspiration to #COURAGEUP and finish the year strong.

 

Choir

After teaching 6th-grade choir at John C. Fremont Middle School for the last year, I have researched and regularly used a number of fantastic sites for various aspects of this job:

  • https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp
    • This site is the end-all-be-all when it comes to purchasing music.  Far and away the largest music retailer online, it has Editor’s Choice recommendations for popular music for competitions, older and newer arrangements, and often has several versions of each song to meet the voicing needs of your particular choir.  Since most 6th-grade boys do not have voices that have begun to change, we sang arrangements with parts SAB or SSA.  Additionally, with their ePrint feature, music can be purchased and downloaded immediately, greatly reducing the time between purchase and beginning rehearsal on the song.
    • Social media being followed:  https://www.facebook.com/jwpepper/
  • http://www.osaa.org/docs/cho/RequiredMusicList.pdf
  • https://www.oregonmusic.org/
    • This is the website for the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA).  Herein can be found all sorts of information for the music educator, including professional development opportunities, all-state choir and band, solo and ensemble contest, and the state band and choir championships.
    • Social media being followed:  https://www.facebook.com/ORMusicEd/

Math

Science

  • https://ncse.com/
    • The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) functions as an organizational center for matters related to science education.  You can find Calls to Action, resources on how to teach current hot topics such as climate change and evolution, get in touch with a special guest speaker, access a science library, and legislation/court findings.
    • Social media being followed:
  • https://www.nextgenscience.org/oregon
  • http://www.dcpss.org/steam/
    • This local site is promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Artistic innovation, and Mathematics (STEAM).  There are announcements about upcoming STEAM events, professional development opportunities, and ways to connect with other educators with a love for all things STEAM.
    • Social media being followed:

About Tim Sensabaugh

Father of four. Husband of one. Teacher at John C. Fremont Middle School.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply