2014-2015 Class Observation Lisa K Admire Keyboarding 6 | Tuesday | March 24 | 1:12 to 2:03
It will be important for Dr. Taylor to access the class blog prior to the observation or during the observation. The design of the class is evolving toward individualized online lessons and student self-monitoring of time management. The course is divided (daily) into three key learning activities:
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What to look for in Room 101:
I am frequently inspired by great articles, books, pod casts, etc. I found the article (in Edutopia) "6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process In Your Classroom" to be an excellent read and a valuable reminder of what is important as I teach, especially numbers 2, 5 and 6 listed here:
1. Use Learning Taxonomies Use learning taxonomies -- and not just one -- to illuminate understanding more clearly. Seek out multiple resources to guide your instructional design. This should include assessment. Move beyond "pass or fail," or even "A-F," to "can define and apply, but has trouble analyzing."
2. Use Concept Maps Use concept maps, and use them a lot. Have students map, chart, diagram or otherwise visually represent their own learning pathways and changes in their own understanding. Find ways for them to express what they do and don't understand, where they started, where they are, and where they might be going.
3. Use a Variety of Assessment Forms If this is the only way you personalize learning, give it a shot. Assess student performances, writing, concept maps, drawings, interviews, projects, or maybe quick Instagram videos followed by short written responses. You can even allow students to choose their own assessment as you challenge them to prove not just if they get it, but how.
4. Build Meta-cognition into Units Prime the pump by assigning students quick writing prompts about their own thinking. Model what meta-cognition looks/sounds/feels like. Have students share their thinking. Allow them to express themselves and their thinking away from the pressure of the classroom and the expectations of verbal eloquence. Add it to rubrics.
5. Use Digital Portfolios Not only should you set students up with these online repositories for digital artifacts, you should frequently review what goes into them. Analyze the changes you see in student work, including content knowledge.
6. Connect Students to Networks As students connect to networks, the learning process will plug them in, not just to one teacher, or 25 classmates, or eight texts, but to something much larger -- and more able to interact with students organically. Direct them toward communities and resources that can help move them toward knowing and understanding.
Goal 2: Evaluate a sample of data and assess the value of EduTyping as a learning tool for all grade 6 students, starting week 1: Click HERE License ID: lincps Student ID: 2222222 Password: irv2222222
Goal 3: Assess the Web-based tool--Google Drive--if grade 6 students will have Chromebooks at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year-- as a "Must Have" for all grade 6 students as well as Irving faculty.
The clip provided (below) explains why Keyboarding 6 (as well as Computer 7) students manage the files with thoughtful actions, such as naming correctly, using correct spelling, sharing, mechanics, etc.
Goal 4: Evaluate the purposeful assignments that reinforce the objectives and standards based goals. To access the class assignments link Click HERE