We all need a little workout every now and again to hone our skills and develop our practice, and that’s what Discovery Education’s Spring Training is all about. You’re invited to participate in this weekly challenge for the next five weeks, where you will be given a new instructional strategy to practice and discover ways to use Discovery Education to be an ace pitcher in the classroom.
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It’s the first inning of Spring Training, and this week’s training challenge is a double play. We’re starting off with two great Discovery Education finds, Global News and A-E-I-O-U. First, let’s take a look at Global News. Log in to Discovery Education and go to MyDE. On the right sidebar, you’ll find Global News. Toggle between grades K-5 (Global Stories) and grades 6-12 (Global Wrap).
Global News, can be used in a variety of ways and can be applied to numerous subject areas. These current events, news-style programs are updated on a weekly basis, with new episodes available on MyDE every Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a Lively Lesson with some ways to use Global News.
For this week’s challenge, watch Global News with your students. Then to be sure your lesson is a hit, try this ready to implement instructional strategy, SOS: A-E-I-O-U (Canadian link). This strategy provides a framework for students to interpret information from images or videos they have viewed and write down their thoughts next to five descriptive categories: A-adjective, E- emotion, I- interesting, O- ohh! U- uh?
North Carolina STAR Discovery Educator, Dacia Jones has created a series of templates you can use with the SOS. Here’s the one for A-E-I-O-U. Print this for your class and use it along with Global News and the A-E-I-O-U strategy, and you’ve got a ready-made activity.
Access all of the strategies in the SOS series by logging in to Discovery Education and clicking Professional Development in the toolbar.
Be a team player; share Spring Training with your colleagues. The state/province with the most participants wins bragging rights. Tune in next week to see the leaderboard.
If you’ve not registered for Discovery Education’s Spring Training, do so here. Let us know you’re participating, then keep you eyes on the Discovery Education blog. Participate in each challenge, and you’ll hit a home run with your students. You’ll also have a chance at a brand new Discovery Education baseball cap. (Woot!)
The bases are loaded and you’re at bat. Hit it out of the park with Discovery Education’s Spring Training.