This article is geared more toward college classrooms, but can be applied to any classroom.
Why should we continue to build ineffective learning environments? We need to "break out of the box" of the traditional classroom environment. This article had an interesting view of learning; the article introduces "the experience cone" of learning- all the retention modes of learning are at the top of the cone: reading, listening, watching movies..... these are all Passive learning behaviors. An effective learning environment requires Active learning behaviors, such as simulating real life experiences and doing activities. ACTIVE LEARNING BEHAVIORS SUPPORT PBL- STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ASK QUESTIONS, DEVELOP ANSWERS, AND REFLECT ON WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING.
I also really liked the list of characteristics given for our future classrooms-- the list covers technology availability, optimization for learning activities, emphasizes soft spaces versus hard/fixed spaces, and zoning classroom for sound and activity. THIS LIST PROMOTES WHOLE DEVELOPMENT BY ENCOURAGING AND PROVIDING AN ENGAGED, SUPPORTED, AND CHALLENGED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.
Routines, norms and rules should be a collaborative effort of the teacher and the students in order to ENCOURAGE RESILIENCE IN THE CLASSROOM- WHEN STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WORK TOGETHER THE PROCESS FOSTERS COMMUNICATION, PROBLEM SOLVING, RESPONSIBILITY, CREATIVITY, AND ADAPTABILITY AMONG THE CLASSROOM COMMUNITY. We have discussed the importance of creating rules for each classroom on a yearly basis in many of my education classes. This article really highlights great ways to do this with your students. Using nursery rhymes, visuals such as crayon boxes and fun rule charts are effective ways to discuss why rules are needed and how to enforce rules not only in the classroom but also in life. Asking students what rules they follow at home helps students learn about cultural influences and embraces diversity in the classroom THUS SUPPORTING GLOBAL COMPETENCE BY RECOGNIZING OTHER PERSPECTIVES. I will definitely be using the crayon box idea in my classroom--what a great way for students to visualize the importance of each different color, but all together the colors make up a complete set of colors in a box of crayons ties into making rules that support and create a safe environment for everyone in the classroom. CREATING A HEALTHY AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORTING THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR STUDENTS.
This video clip shows an easy and effective way to include shy students in everyday classroom routines. It is important to include all students in classroom routines. This video suggests making individual student routines such as book returns, passing out papers, and conducting classroom surveys into partner activities. Partner activities support the WHOLE DEVELOPMENT AND RESILIENCE OF STUDENTS BY CREATING A SAFE AND ENGAGED ATMOSPHERE THROUGH COMMUNICATION AND RESPONSIBILITY.
In the age of standardized testing and focus on test scores, it seems that educators have lost their focus; we need to go back to putting students in the center of learning, not test scores. SUPPORTING RESILIENCE AND WHOLE CHILD THINKING INCLUDE creating classrooms that motivate, engage, and value each students voice creates learners that Will do well on tests. When students have a voice in their own learning experience they will become better learners, THIS SUPPORTS ALL OF THE TENETS OF PROJECT BASED LEARNING. We as educators need to take a step back from always focusing on testing and scores and really focus on what our students need in the classroom to foster an engaging and motivating classroom environment.
We encourage teachers to use student-centered teaching strategies that nurture students' literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate. The strategies suggested here can be used with students of all ages with any academic content.
I will definitely utilize this website for student centered teaching strategies in my future classroom! A plethora of ideas and links---cafe conversations, four corners, exit cards, graffiti boards, identity charts, word walls and more! Each link has a detailed description of the strategy activity and helps you as the teacher cater each activity to the specific set of students that you will be using it with. USING STUDENT CENTERED TEACHING STRATEGIES FOCUSES ON PROMOTING RESILIENCE AMONG STUDENTS-- BOOSTING SELF ESTEEM, ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION AND INITIATIVE. ALSO THESE STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES PROMOTE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND CHOICE, WHICH CAN THEN BE USED IN PROJECT BASED LEARNING ACTIVITIES.
As we have been discussing the meaning and importance of essential questions, I have found that coming up with these questions can be difficult. This article gives focus on how to write and use essential questions. These questions should excite and provoke thought about a topic before the lesson is even started.
Coming up with an idea can be very difficult. Coming up with a driving question to lead a project can be even more difficult. Sometimes the things that seem the easiest, are the most difficult. This article was very helpful in how to develop driving questions. I loved the concept of a "tubric" (you will have to watch the video) as a tool to perfect and fine tune driving questions.
Making a poster is not project based learning. Choosing an engaging and thought provoking topic, relating it to the real world, using creativity.........now that sounds more like it. I remember every year in elementary school picking a topic of interest and completing a science fair project. I also remember the engaging process of completing the project, displaying and explaining my project to my peers and teacher, and even winning a couple ribbons in the science fair. While this is not exactly what Project Based Learning is, it is similar and I have fond memories of learning that way. I am excited to learn more about what exactly Project Learning is and how to design and implement projects with my future students.
In depth explanation of Sylvia Chard's project approach in #elementary #classrooms. All #schools should do this! http://t.co/4GtNEBrrw6
Stacey Jackowski's insight:
Click on the link above! The importance of children having input in the topics and themes of project based learning is essential. The theme in this paper is shoes, and at first I thought to myself : What kind of essential questions can stem from the theme of shoes? I was very interested to find out the numerous questions posed by several different elementary classes, that led to thought provoking conversation about shoes. Student, teacher, and other outside guidance, all need to work together to collaborate during #PBL.
It is important for an instructor to establish a classroom structure from the very first session and adapt accordingly to facilitate lectures, promote discussions, encourage group activities, or solve any behavioral problems.
No perfect classroom arrangement exists for all situations for sure.....but this article has a lot of great tips and information on easy and different arrangements for the classroom. Each arrangement has different purposes, advantages and disadvantages. I think it is important as a teacher to know how and when to reformat your classroom to accommodate students learning and to serve a specific purpose. I liked that most of the arrangements in this article SUPPORTED A PBL ENVIRONMENT BY PROMOTING unity, high group involvement, and a sense of equality among the group.
ALSO, CREATING A CLASSROOM SPACE THAT CAN BE FLEXIBLE, ORGANIZED, AND ADAPTABLE WILL SUPPORT RESILIENCE IN THE CLASS BECAUSE STUDENTS WILL LEARN HOW DIFFERENT CLASSROOM ARRANGEMENTS FUNCTION FOR DIFFERENT LEARNING EXPERIENCES.
By systematically drawing our pupils' attention to study skills and everyday learning habits as part of regular classroom routines, we will be helping to build confidence and self-awareness, not only applicable to language learning but also across the whole curriculum.
The saying "learning to learn" has popped up in many of discussions in class; so simple and so necessary. This article has some fantastic ideas to facilitate learning to learn. Children are visual learners and love to be engaged to think and be be creative. I will use a lot the ideas in this article in my classroom. Starting the routine of writing lists and activities on the board each day and then allowing the students to cross off activities when completed is a great way to involve students in the learning process; also when students cross something off the list you can ask them to reflect on the activity to reinforce what they learned. CONSISTENT DAILY ACTIVITIES PROMOTE WHOLE CHILD DEVELOPMENT BY KEEPING STUDENTS ACTIVELY ENGAGED AND CHALLENGED EVERY DAY.
The "mind maps", "I can flowers", and remembering/recycling strategies in this article are all great ideas for the classroom. THE "I CAN FLOWERS" ARE A GREAT WAY TO ENCOURAGE CREATIVE AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, THUS SUPPORTING RESILIENCE IN EVERY STUDENT. THE REMEMBERING/RECYCLING STRATEGY COULD EASILY BE TURNED INTO A PROJECT BASED LEARNING ACTIVITY THAT ALSO TIES INTO GLOBAL COMPETENCE---STUDENTS COULD GET INVOLVED IN A SCHOOL SUPPORTED RECYCLING PROGRAM AND COME UP WITH WAYS TO INCREASE RECYCLING-THUS PROMOTING VOICE AND CHOICE AND COMMUNICATING IDEAS.
Similar to the icebreaker activities that we do in EDCI, this list of fun and engaging icebreakers using post it notes encourages students to get to know one another aside from doing school work together. These kind of getting to know each other activities SUPPORT WHOLE CHILD THINKING AND are very important to create a SAFE comfortable classroom environment. The activities spark conversations among students and the teacher that might not occur otherwise FACILITATING GLOBAL COMPETENCE WHEN STUDENTS ARE RECOGNIZING OTHER PERSPECTIVES AND COMMUNICATING IDEAS.
"What are you doing in your classroom now that you could turn over to your students to do?"
Many teachers do a lot of daily tasks on the classroom that could really be given to students to do. Assigning daily tasks to students helps create a strong sense of community in the classroom SUPPORTING WHOLE CHILD THINKING AND RESILIENCE. WHEN everyone has a role in the classroom community STUDENTS ARE ENGAGED, CREATIVE, COMMUNICATE IDEAS, AND ARE SUPPORTED. Establishing these daily roles also help free up time for the teacher to give more attention to her students daily needs. I remember in elementary school having different responsibilities in the classroom, such as passing out papers, filing, cleaning up.... and I think it also helped me with learning about responsibilities, both on an individual and group level. I ALSO THINK THAT STUDENTS WILL BEGIN TO SEE ALL OF THE WORK THAT A TEACHER DOES ASIDE FROM TEACHING THE CLASS AND WILL THEN BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE AND HOPEFULLY APPRECIATE ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE OF THE CLASSROOM.
This article has a nice list of characteristics that promotes positive norms and routines in the classroom. Everyone has different talents--lets embrace and acknowledge each others strengths and deficits---this is a very important lesson to teach in school and in life AND IN DOING EMBRACING WHOLE CHILD THINKING AND RESILIENCE BECAUSE STUDENTS SELF ESTEEM WILL BE NURTURED, THEY WILL FEEL SAFE AND SUPPORTED, AND WILL LEARN TO BE EMPATHETIC TOWARDS OTHERS. When students are comfortable with their own and their peers strengths and weaknesses, they will then be more comfortable asking questions and participating in class. Another important part of establishing classroom norms is making sure that you the teacher are modeling positive and wanted behavior, otherwise you cannot expect your students to do the same.
This image from the founder of World Savvy quickly drew my attention. I, like many other individuals, am a visual learner. In #EDCI397 we were asked to think of a "logo" that encompassed Global Competency, Resilience and Whole Development and we came up with some great ideas. I think this image is also a great representation of these three important topics.
"Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices. Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential quetion as:
A meaning of “essential” involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Such questions are broad in scope and timeless by nature. They are perpetually arguable – What is justice? Is art a matter of taste or principles? How far should we tamper with our own biology and chemistry? Is science compatible with religion? Is an author’s view privileged in determining the meaning of a text? We may arrive at or be helped to grasp understandings for these questions, but we soon learn that answers to them are invariably provisional..."
The 2nd annual PBL World brought together over 500 educators who understand that Project Based Learning is a key strategy for creating an effective and engag...
Stacey Jackowski's insight:
Wow! What a great resource for educators. I think seminars like this are what we need in order to really grow and improve in the area of PBL. When we as educators can "experience and live the projects" in these kind of seminars, it can inspire and spark even more innovative ideas for our classrooms. A seminar like this could be scaled down to just include teachers in one particular school and would be just as effective.
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