Third grade students recreate or invent a folktale or fairy tale, presenting their work in book, puppet, or PhotoStory form. Focus on student collaboration, thinking tools, and use of creativity rubric.
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Critical thinking, collaboration, and information literacy are incorporated into student investigations of probabilities and presentations of findings in digital formats.
A third grade teacher and school librarian infuse a research project with opportunities to learn 21st century skills of self-direction and information literacy. Focus on student progress-monitoring and self-assessment techniques.
Teachers discuss how to support students’ 21st century skills and how they collaborate with peers to enhance student learning. Focus on Reflection, Collaboration.
Tomorrow, I have the good fortune to get 15-20 minutes of time to talk with the participants at the Teacher-Librarian Day (TLD) sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Metro State in Denver (or whatever the current name of that university is). TLD2012. Thank you, Peggy O’Neill-Jones and TPS staff! I’m using this post […]
Catch the conversation about teacher inquiry as a vehicle for professional learning as recorded during CoLearning Network’s February webinar with Michelle Bourgeois (Co-director of St. Vrain Valley School District’s Digital Learning Community [DLC]) and Stevan Kalmon (Director of the Council on 21st Century Learning) will lead the conversation. Collaborative inquiry is central to St. Vrain’s DLC […]
I like to drive what my colleague Dixie Good calls the Mosey Road. The roads or streets with less traffic and less anxiety. I look for roads with good flow. I don’t need to go 75, or even 55; just cruising is fine, often better, so long as I don’t have to stop frequently. Typically […]
In my previous post (“Professional Learning Communities… really“), I raved about the St. Vrain Valley School District’s PLC model, the Digital Learning Collaborative. I can only hint at the intricate detail of the DLC’s excellent learning design here; if you want to know more, check the resources at the end of the previous post. But […]
The idea of Professional Learning Communities, appealing in the abstract, has suffered during the NCLB decade by its connection to tedious and frustrating review of NCLB-mandated measures of academic achievement. For many educators the term ‘PLC’ has come to mean torturous sessions in which the participants mutually expose their inability to ensure that all children […]