I am working with our curriculum department and teaching and learning to help teachers develop lessons for their classrooms that infuse technology. I along with other members of the technology integration team and LMS are assisting teachers in this endeavor. I am excited about the curriculum design process because they are utilizing Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by Design, or Backward Design format. After attending a few meetings and discussing this with teachers and integrators, it struck me that in order for teachers to accomplish their unit plans and those tasked with assisting them with this, we all have to know what the teacher’s final goal is for their student. Simply put, teachers have to know what they want students to learn, and what they want the students to produce to demonstrate their mastery of the learning.
In pondering this process, I thought about how to best facilitate this discussion. Things we need to consider; teachers may not even know all that is available to them in terms of technological resources. We don’t want to create the cookie cutter lesson for teachers and students that doesn’t elicit excitement in the learning process. We want to select tools and techniques that are easily implemented by teachers and easy to use by students.
Those deep thoughts by Jack Handy (if you watched SNL) you get it - if you don’t get it- fake it so I don’t feel old. Anyway those thoughts brought me to the most creative educators I know - those Pirates on #sstlap. Tonight and our discussion of universal strategies. These could be technologies, but I hope to see learning strategies or activities that could be used by teachers to engage their students.
There are so many topics possible that I don’t know that I could do this all in an 8 questions format, so we may just have to include a Google Doc for your ideas to spill over into that everyone can collaborate and use to improve their own practice. The other aspect of this is that the questions are so general that your ideas could be used with other content, or other subject areas so all are welcome to join, share and learn.
Before the questions, a few updates-
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What content or subject area would you infuse the following activity or learning strategy to provide your students a meaningful learning experience?
What are some strategies/activities that you have used that can be replicated with other content?
Add your ideas to the Google Doc.
My hope for this conversation is to have you leave here with some ideas about learning activities that you can connect to your content areas.
Here is an interesting article about Hands-Off teaching. Letting students discover and solve issues for themselves.