- Course Catalog
Gizmos Institute for Coaches and Specialists
Audience: Math and/or Science Coaches or Specialists | Prerequisite: This workshop is ONLY for individuals who will be coaching teachers on the use of Gizmos in the classroom. Coaches and Specialists should have attended Introduction to Gizmos and Expanding the Gizmos Experience before this workshop.
About the Workshop
Districts with Math/Science Coaches or Specialists already have a great resource to support their teachers in exemplary math and science instruction. This workshop is designed to harness the power of those coaches and specialists to build a strong Gizmos implementation. Coaches/Specialists learn to support Gizmos teachers and model effective classroom instruction with Gizmos including pre-lesson collaborative lesson planning and post-lesson group reflection discussion. Coaches/Specialists also build skills with coaching language and probing/guiding questions.
Understand best practices for modeling Gizmos instruction
Plan modeling cycles to support Gizmos teachers in their schools
Workshop Flyers - Onsite & Webinar
A downloadable flyer with the workshop agenda will be available after clicking on each button below.
Resources for Teachers
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Share the agenda with the teachers that will be attending the workshop and add the date, time, and location to use as an informational flyer.
Best Practices for Teaching with Gizmos: Keep this slide from the workshop to help guide your Gizmos lessons.
Pre-conference briefing email: Share the details and expectations of the Gizmos lesson modeling with your teachers
Samples: Refer to the observation, modeling schedule and reflection samples as you complete ones during your modeling sessions with your teachers.
Using Gizmos Ideas and Benefits Sketch Pad: Use as a note-taking tool.
Lesson Planning Support: Review all of the web pages that were shared during the webinar.
Classroom Modeling Teacher Feedback: Provide a way for teachers to give feedback about the whole class Gizmos modeling session that they observed.
Classroom Modeling Observation Tool: Complete as you observe a Gizmos lesson from your teachers.
Gizmos Collaborative Lesson Planning Tool: Fill in each section as you plan a Gizmos lesson with the teacher that you will be observing.
Lesson Teacher Reflection and Action Plan: Allow teachers the opportunity to self-reflect on the Gizmos lesson they taught for observation.
Observation Feedback Sheet: Provide feedback to your teacher on the lesson that was planned as a collaboration with their coach.
Post-Conference Observation Feedback: Use for feedback on the Gizmos lesson observation during the debrief and post-conference meeting.
Teacher Needs Assessment Survey: Administer a needs assessment for teachers before the coaching cycle begins so that you’ll have information about their confidence levels and desires as they relate to their professional growth with Gizmos.
Everybody's Talking About Gizmos
Hello, Ms. D. I apologize about emailing you during the weekend, but I couldn’t wait to tell you. Gizmos is so much fun, and I absolutely love it. I actually learn something and I like the fact that it is interactive. Thank you so much for making us do Gizmos.- Gizmos Student, American International School, Abu Dhabi
I really love Gizmos as they help students grasp difficult concepts that can’t always be seen. They make abstract ideas come to life.- Gizmos Teacher, Foothills School Division, Alberta, Canada
I’m really a strong proponent of Gizmos in science because I have seen firsthand what it does in terms of engaging kids in labs. Gizmos really allow students to go deeper in terms of problem solving and critical thinking.- Gizmos Assistant Superintendent, Miami-Dade Public Schools, FL
Gizmos STEM Cases improve students’ content knowledge and critical thinking ability. The kids are putting more thought into things and they’re asking better questions.- Gizmos Director of Science, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA
Gizmos STEM Cases is the most engaging program that I’ve ever seen! High-quality graphics and real-world stories make them more thought-provoking than traditional teaching materials. Students become more personally invested in the lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment [when doing them].- Gizmos Director of Science, Walker School, GA