Enduring Understandings- Student Engagement and Lesson Planning!
Questions for January 8, 2015
Many of us have made New Year's Resolutions, some of us are holding steady in our steadfast determination to meet or exceed those goals, and others have witnessed those goals fade away like the dreams of the Detroit Lions to win a Superbowl this year. My apologies to all the Lions fans-- SUH sorry!
Okay so my attempts at humor are over - at least for now.
With the coming of a new year, arrives limitless potential for us to grow as people and professionals. It opens the door to discuss so many different topics and engage in conversations that can change the reality of education for the better.
Keeping the mindset of influencing change, I wanted to discuss some ideas that have helped shape my teaching practices over my career. Some of these ideas come from the work of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe who wrote "Understanding by Design." Other ideas obviously resound from the work of Dave Burgess the author of "Teach Like a Pirate," and "P is for Pirate." If you haven't read "P is for Pirate," it is a great read and the pirate contributor "L" page is something special. And finally, a book I just started reading, "Authentic Learning in the Digital Age- Engaging Students Through Inquiry," by Larissa Pahomov.
Q1 Make a List- What is the essential knowledge 0r Enduring Understandings students need to master in your class? The ideas that you think students should know long after they leave your classroom? #sstlap
Q2 D is for Ditch - Examine your curriculum- What are nonessential content that could be made optional, or removed from your course? Think about the historical era, event, activity that you find fascinating - or that is mandated in your curriculum- that might bore students or they might find irrelevant. #sstlap
Q3 I is for Iceberg- We teach a multitude of things along with the content. Are the things that are most important for students to know and understand- Content based or Skills based? What is the difference in how students learn in each classroom environment? What would each look like? #sstlap
Q4 O is for Oxygen- Get students moving and doing! - Focusing on the Essential Content and creating lasting understanding- How can you create experiences for your students to engage with these concepts? Lesson planning right now- pick one or two concepts and discuss what you could do to create an experience for your students. #sstlap
Q5 Choice- What are the different ways students could display an enduring understanding of those essential pieces of knowledge? How do you assess these Enduring Understandings? Objective tests? Projects? Essays? Other? And What role does Homework play in assessing student understanding?
Q6a Technology allows learning to be personalized- it allows for infinite possibilities for learning inside a single classroom- In what ways can you utilize technology in the instruction process of your Enduring Understandings?
Q6b With the Enduring Understandings you identified before - How do you use it to help students obtain information?
Q6c How do you allow students to use technology in the process of learning and demonstrating their mastery?
Q6d How do you use technology to assess student understanding?
What if in History - Look at the link below and think about how you could use this WHAT IF statement in your curriculum. Share ideas and make it happen for your students! Let them be critical thinkers of history not memorizers of names and dates! LIVE HISTORY!
Tonight's visual questions format are inspired/stolen from my friends at #edbean @mrmatera and @usdrama - As they say imitation is the best form of flattery. I say- you did good son and I am stealing your idea!