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Watch and Learn: Observing the PBL Classroom ~ Edutopia ~ by Stacey Goodman

Watch and Learn: Observing the PBL Classroom ~ Edutopia ~ by Stacey Goodman | Common Core | Scoop.it
Project-based learning (PBL) is a much-discussed teaching practice in progressive education circles. However, there is pressure on teachers who teach in PBL environments, such as art classes and other "making" classes, that formal observations still require the teacher to perform the same old song-and-dance routine of the conventional lecture/demo.

While lectures and demos are key to getting a project started and moving forward with intermittent check-ins and lectures, they are not the meat and potatoes of the project-based curriculum. The core routine is the workday.

I wasn't trying to be contrary by choosing to have a typical workday observed. As an almost exclusively PBL educator, I truly wanted a sense of how I was doing with my day-to-day teaching, and was trying to figure out my weaknesses and strengths in terms that apply to the PBL classrooms. Those strengths and weaknesses are along the lines of teacher-student interaction, facilitating and assisting students in need, setting up, and closing a class period.

Via Jim Lerman
Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander's insight:

As educators, weshould cater to the varying learning styles and modalities in our classrooms.  Project based learning caters to this school of thought. It's no wonder then, that as usual in education, because it doesn't quite fit into the 'norms' it's not fully embraced by the status quo.

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Common Core: Meant to "change the diet of reading"

Common Core: Meant to "change the diet of reading" | Common Core | Scoop.it
In part three of ‘The Future of Common Core,’ Peg Tyre examines the controversial shift in how kids will be taught reading and writing.

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Nat Geo Kids on YouTube

Nat Geo Kids on YouTube | Common Core | Scoop.it

"Did you know 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? That's a lot of video to sort through! Luckily, National Geographic Kids has done the work for you. We're bringing you the best videos the Internet has to offer! 

 

National Geographic Kids playlists are an exciting way to 

discover the very best of YouTube. Hosted by kids for kids, we've created amazing playlists on awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and more. With a new playlist added regularly, we're the best destination for curious kids like you to explore, laugh, and learn. So pick a topic you love and start watching today!"


Tags: National Geographic, K12, biogeography.


Via Seth Dixon
Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander's insight:

This is fantastic!  For our visual learners, this technology can easily be embedded into daily instruction.

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Parent University Provides A Lesson On New Common Core Standards

Parent University Provides A Lesson On New Common Core Standards | Common Core | Scoop.it
Parent University Provides A Lesson On New Common Core Standards
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Joanne Land, right, sorts vocabulary words into tiers to learn more about how Common Core standards work.

Via Darren Burris
Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander's insight:

This is an excellent strategy for getting parents involved in their childrens' learning.  This way, they will be better able to assist their children in reaching academic success.  My thoughts however, are on the parents who themselves are unable to understand, explain, analyze and synthesize these standards; many of whom cannot and will not devote the necessary time and effort into their childrens' education.  Although this is remarkable, it still will not close the 'achievement gap'.

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