Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 54- Wildlife Conservation Network and Course Map

On this day last year, I had a snow day.  Thank goodness we didn't today!  It has been nice to have some time at school to teach.  Snow days are wonderful in moderation, but it's about time we have enough days in a row to really get down to business again.

When I typed in "snow" to charity navigator, nothing came up that really linked in with the idea of a snow day.  So, I picked one from the results that did come up, the Wildlife Conservation Network.  Here's what they do:

Wildlife Conservation Network is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. We support innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.

WCN fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in the field of conservation. We partner with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. To magnify the effectiveness of their work, we sustain a strong network of wildlife supporters through which these courageous conservationists may learn from each other and communicate directly with passionate donors.

100% of any donation can be designated to the conservation of a specific species, guaranteeing that each donor dollar has the greatest possible impact.

http://wildlifeconservationnetwork.org/

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Yeah... so this is going to bore you today.  Sorry about that.  It will also contain all kinds of different teacher acronyms.  Excited yet?

We had an extremely productive PLC time today.  PLC stands for Professional Learning Community, and I collaborated with my counterpart for the afternoon after our students left.  We were able to map out all of our remaining curriculum in a way where we have time designated to hit all of our standards before the MAP test.  We even worked in a review period and some extra flex days.

Sure, I still have tons of planning to do to make sure that each and everyone one of these days is a valuable teaching and learning day.  I'm pleased, though.  Simply by talking about everything and putting it all out there, I have been able to kick start my mind into the churning stages it goes through when it produces all kinds of creative ideas.  I've got a long way to go, but I know that I'll get there.  I'm happy to be a few more steps closer to "there". 

Thank you, course map, you made my day. 

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