Thinkport Bulletin: Transformative Teaching & Learning

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December 7, 2016

Trnasformative Teachers

Transform your teaching and bring out the best in your students. As we head toward the New Year, imagine new possibilities and purpose in your classroom. This week's roundup includes interactives, videos, lessons and plenty of ways to boost your professional development. 

Transform Teacher

Transformative Teachers
Teach your students skills that go far beyond the ABC’s and 123’s. PBS LearningMedia’s Transformative Teachers Collection equips educators with tools and methods for fostering resilience and ethical leadership skills in students. Find videos on empathy, gratitude, forgiveness, and self-acceptance that help to develop core values through art, writing, performing, and other activities. Resources includes teacher tips. 

Nova Education

Teacher Interactives: NOVA
Turn ordinary learning on its head! NOVA’s interactives ignite curiosity in science and STEM and help boost classroom participation. Topics cover everything from earth science and engineering, to history and technology. Resources include: videos, discussion questions, support materials and standards. 


Mathlanding: PD Math Portal
Ramp up your teaching with MPT's robust resource portal for elementary educators and math specialists. Mathlanding houses hundreds of the Web's best lessons and multimedia activities and includes creative "collections" for the classroom and professional development. Each asset has been chosen and reviewed by math experts. 


Attention: Music Lovers and Music Teachers! 

Tune into MPT Friday December 9, at 9:45 pm for a remarkable music series, Great Moments from Soundbreaking. This is your all-access pass to the seminal moments in recorded music featuring some of music's best! Artists include Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltrey, Quincy Jones, Ringo Star and more.

Soundbreaking: Supplemental Educational Resources
Boost engagement and learning with a collection of resources for students in social studies, language arts, geography, science, and general music classes. Assets include: objectives, standards, video clips from the program, archival photography, interactive tools and more.


Afterschool Adventures with PBS KIDS
Invigorate learning using beloved PBS KIDS characters and programs as the foundation for learning. Created by MPT, each math and literacy adventure helps children gain skills using a blend of multimedia, hands-on-activities and games. Resources include: activity guide, professional development plan and parent letter. 

Access our Teaching Tips videos to help get started.

December Spotlight: Online Courses

Thinkport's Spring Courses are just around the corner! Start planning now and save your virtual seat in class. Earn MSDE CPD or Graduate Credit from the comforts of home!

MPT: Programs and Events 

Eisenshower's Secret War  
Learn about Eisenhower's exploits into WWII and his diplomatic confrontations against the Soviet Union.
Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm on MPT2/Create

 Masterpiece: Victoria -  Series Screening Event
Film Screening and Refreshments
Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at MPT (Owings Mills, MD)