Uncommon Experience= Uncommon Results
TLAP Skype session with Dave Burgess was a hit!
"It doesn't matter what you are teaching if students are not listening"...student engagement is key to learning!
Homework should be like going into the gift shop after being on the roller coaster ride. It is an extension to something students have already experienced. "If students aren't doing your homework...you need to consider doing homework differently. Allow student's a choice and a voice as to how they share their learning."
I loved the idea that Dave gave during our session concerning literature discussions. Instead of Snap Chat...try Book Chat! Have students take a pic of a book or part of a text that you are reading and develop dialogue within the world of your students!
Rather than have students submit a paper for a grade...consider the idea of having the students submit their work through Instagram. I have tried this in my room this year particularly when we are doing our task card sorting activities. After the students have sorted their answers, I have the students Direct Message me through Instagram(write partner names in the message) with a video or picture of their results.
TAG: Giving Peer to Peer Feedback
The TAG Strategy is a great protocol to implement when students are giving one another feedback on their work. I would love to hear other ways to use this protocol!
Learning Walks are opportunities to observe our fellow teachers in action. This can be an informal 10-15 minute walk. I will be glad to cover your class so that you can go and experience other classrooms.
So many times we think of observations in a negative light. This is an informal way to watch and learn from each other. This year, we have been looking for the hooks that are working! It is like Dave Burgess has said(I'm paraphrasing him)...pirates are known for taking the gold/treasure from other people... Let's find the gold around us and take it into our classrooms, and see if it works for us!
This year at HJHS, we have had 5 teachers volunteer to be apart of our Learning Walks journey. Many of them may be contacting you over the next few weeks...reciprocate that opportunity. I know they would be honored for you to see them as well.
Anyone is welcome to join in the learning!
I would love to hear some feedback at our next Lunch and Learn!