April 10, 2017
April 10, 2017
- Good morning and blessings during this Holy Week and always.
- Seder Meal on Wednesday at 10:15 with line up outside in FF at 10:05. Prayer service at 11:30.
- Poetry Reading tomorrow at 11:00am.
- No lesson plans this week.
- PTG tomorrow night at 7:00 and please check the list for who’s turn is it to attend. Thank you.
Here are the levers in the personalizing sound board, sliding from (a) teacher-generated to (b) co-created to (c) student-generated:
• Learning goals
- Here’s a great piece on personalizing and gradually releasing responsibility entitled “Orchestrating the Move to Student-Driven Learning” by Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda in Educational Leadership, March 2017. In this Educational Leadership article, Bena Kallick (Institute for Habits of Mind) and Allison Zmuda (a curriculum consultant) say that teachers who want to personalize instruction must manipulate seven variables in the same way an audio technician uses a sound board. “For each component,” say Kallick and Zmuda, “the teacher can turn the volume up or down, amplifying or reducing the amount of student agency as the teacher and students begin to feel more comfortable with student self-direction.” Key questions: How ready are my students to take control? How much can I trust that what’s important in the subject matter will be covered if I release some control? How will I know whether the students are really learning? If I begin to release control, what is my new role with students?
– In a unit on extreme weather: (a) the teacher says the objective is to understand the causes of hurricanes and tornadoes; (b) the teacher works with students to identify two locations and explore how extreme weather affects them; and (c) a student with family in Haiti studies hurricanes’ impact there.
• Inquiry and idea generation
– In a unit on drug abuse: (a) the teacher assigns students an article on the dangers of cigarettes and has them list the five worst; (b) the teacher asks, “Should smoking be banned in public places?” and students research the question; and (c) students decide on a drug to study. (the rest tomorrow)
- Have a good day and week and enjoy your kids and each other.