June 22, 2013 - In This Issue:
June 23-26, 2013

July 10-11, 2013

July 24-25, 2013

ICE Corporate Partners (correct)
Classroom Habitudes: Teaching 21st Century Learning Habits and Attitudes
Angela Maiers
Angela Maiers

What is a "habitude?" A habitude is the combination of habits and attitudes.


Why do we need to teach Habitudes? 

As a classroom teacher, I spend many years checking off lists the skills my students needed to be successful., Yet, I wonder, is the checklist we operate from, our scope and sequence of traditional; skills and lessons, enough for our students to invent, create, collaborate, and solve their own problems?


And we need to start teaching them in the classroom...now!

I know - not another checklist! We already have too many of those to work from.

As a teacher I understand. In a world with mounting pressures to "get things done", checklists have become our salvation. I too love them! There is an exhilarating feeling that occurs after each mark is successfully checked off.  The harder the task, the harder the checkmark, right?


So, let's uncheck this list and explore together the behaviors, habits and attitudes that will know with conviction will ensure our students for success both inside and outside our classroom walls. Continue Reading...

Managing Your Classroom: Class Dojo
ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators. Easily award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time, with just one click. ClassDojo provides instant notifications for your students which are fully customizable.
ICE Leader You Should Know: Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa joined the ICE office team as an Administrative Assistant in November of 2008. If you have ever called the ICE office you have probably spoken with Vanessa.  If you have any questions regarding your ICE membership, she is the person to talk to.  She also handles invoicing and payment receipt for our yearly ICE Conference at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. You may have seen her out at Pheasant Run along with our wonderful ICE Conference volunteers, greeting conference attendees as they came through the doors.  If you have any questions regarding our organization feel free to contact the ICE Office.  Vanessa will be very happy to help you!

Anne Truger, ICE President
Anne Truger

As my tenure as ICE President comes to a close this July, I wanted to reflect back on all of the changes that we have been through as an organization but also some of my own personal changes. In the last year ICE has grown both in both membership and professionalism. There have been many internal and external changes. Our social media presence is growing, our statewide reach is lengthening. We are moving in the right direction, and it is due to our incredible Executive Board, Governing Board and our Executive Director, Dr. Margaret Johnson. I can't thank Margaret enough for all of her support, direction and brilliance though the last year.


ICE has given me so many opportunities to grow as an individual and a leader. I am excited to be starting down a brand new path this year, in my new position as a Director of Educational Technology Innovations at Waukegan Public Schools District 60. I will miss leading such an amazing group of educators, but I am excited to see where Dr. Randall Hansen, our new ICE President, will lead us.


Thanks for a wonderful year, I can't wait to see what comes next!

Notes from the Executive Director
Margaret Johnson, ICE Executive Director

Welcome to the new monthly ICE Newsletter!  Now that the ICE Newsletter is an online publication, it seems fitting to tinker a bit with the format and the frequency to take advantage of the immediacy and flexibility this offers.  We believe that ICE members will appreciate more frequent issues with fewer articles.  This will allow us to address more themes each year and to jump on timely topics to provide resources when you're most likely to want them.  To make the newsletters more engaging, we will use micro-surveys to get your instant feedback to help us design future issues and plan ICE activities YOU will want to attend.  We will integrate newsletter content on ICE Facebook and Twitter so you will have opportunities to comment.  We will continue to print and mail the special ICE Conference issue of the newsletter to all members in January of each year, but for the rest of the year, your ICE Newsletter will be delivered monthly to your email box!


The spark behind this plan is our new Newsletter Editor, Amanda Pelsor.  A veteran ICE volunteer on the Conference Committee, Amanda is an Instructional Technology Coach in Park Ridge School District 64.  She proposed this new format to the ICE Governing Board by creating a sample issue and an offer to serve as editor.  Her proposal was accepted and we can't wait to see what she cooks up!


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