SOS Story: Courtney Warlick

The Spotlight On Strategies series (CDN) is one of Discovery Education’s most popular resources. First introduced 2012, this collection of strategies helps teachers use media in effective and engaging ways.

The best part about the SOS is that they are flexible and can be used across grade levels and content areas. We are excited to share SOS Story: an SOS series that elevates and celebrates teachers showing how they put the SOS to work in their classrooms.

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Teacher:  Courtney Warlick

SOS Strategy: IDEA Share (CDN Version)

District: Baltimore County Public Schools

Role: Resource Teacher

Twitter Handle: @clwarlick


Courtney’s Story

I recently worked with another resource teacher in my district to plan a conference presentation around our new learning management system, Schoology.

While planning, we wanted to make sure that we demonstrated effective use of instructional strategies to engage, enhance, and extend participants’ learning.  Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, we wanted to make sure that they were aware of the Discovery Education Spotlight On Strategies (CDN Version) series so the strategies could be put to use in their classrooms.

We decided to use IDEA Share to model the effectiveness of the strategy, which also gave us the opportunity to call attention to the entire SOS collection, share where they are found within Discovery Education, and how powerful they are for use with students of all ages.


Using the Strategy

We chose SOS IDEA Share (CDN Version) because we wanted our participants to read a variety of articles around the concept of Blended Learning.

We also wanted them to deepen their understanding of the material and strategically think about the content in specific ways. The IDEA Share strategy provided participants with a structure for learning about Blended Learning and guided them toward effective personal reflection and sharing in small and large groups. 


Strategy Outcomes and Adaptations

We adapted the IDEA Share strategy by providing participants with large sheets of chart paper. We asked them to use the paper to record the IDEAs that they would use during share out time with small group discussion and the whole group debrief.

Also, instead of gallery walking to see the IDEAs, we asked the groups present their IDEAs to the whole group. Audience members asked clarifying questions, and had the opportunity to agree with or politely disagree with the presenters, as applicable.

Results of using the IDEA Share strategy included a focused conversation that was aligned to the goals we set, time for self-reflection, group conversation, capturing thinking on paper, and sharing to the greater group.

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