A middle school Math teacher describes principles and strategies for conducting a mixed-age and mixed-level class. Emphasis on student collaboration, self-assessment, reflection, progress monitoring, and self-direction.
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A middle school Science teacher discusses and demonstrates the principles she uses for experiential scientific inquiry. Focus on experimentation, problem solving, and daily reflection.
Middle school Math and Science teachers guide individual and group research on interdisciplinary projects. Emphasis on communication, project design, and self-reflection.
A first-year middle school Science teacher discusses the principles and strategies she applies in creating experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities. Emphasis on guiding questions and metacognition.
A middle school Language Arts teacher guides students in Socratic dialogue to interpret and explore their readings. Emphasis on students’ roles and responsibilities, use of evidence, and peer assessment.
A high school Social Studies teacher discusses the principles and strategies he applies to support independent and collaborative work by students. Emphasis on experimentation and risk-taking.
An ECE-8 school librarian describes strategies she uses to help students acquire skills in using information resources, learning independently, and thinking critically.
A middle school Language Arts teacher and the school librarian discuss how they collaborate in developing strategies to support students’ collaboration. Focus on learning relationships, learner roles, and the learning process.
A K-8 teacher explains and shows how she assesses for skills, as well as helps learners assess themselves and peers, and reflect on their learning.
Sampling of practitioners’ comments on 21st century learning: Assessment of learning, owning learning, inquiry process, essential skills, and metacognition