Professional Learning Day
Friday, February 10th
Your Learning Mission
The EdTech team selected seven key characteristics (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, student choice, problem-based learning and global connectedness) that we believe should exist in the 21st Century classroom. Each of you has been randomly selected to be part of a team. Each team has been assigned one of the seven key characteristics.
The purpose of this project is for each team to brainstorm and specifically implement your characteristic in each of your classrooms over the next six weeks.
In so doing, each of you will gain real life experiences of how your characteristic worked (or maybe didn't work), in your unique classroom, with your unique teaching approach.
Sharing Your Learning
As a team you will recap each of your classroom experiences. The format you use for this is entirely up to your team. Be creative.
- Share your experience! What did you think going into it and how did it work out?
- Share specific examples: Ideas, Strategies, Resources used (ie. Apps, Websites, Media, etc.) and Results.
- Document your experience with media.
- Create a title for your presentation and a brief summary. Draw interest for your session. Please submit your title and summary here by February 1st!
- Craig will take your titles and summaries and create a schedule that will be sent out on Friday, February 3rd. This will give you some time to peruse sessions you would like to attend when you are not presenting.
- The first name in your group is your team leader. They will be responsible for setting a meeting place for planning purposes. Leaders, please correspond with your team members as to where/when you will be meeting.
- Your first available work time will be on Wednesday, January 4th at 2:45.
- We will work on getting additional work time during future EOW's.
- This will take some time! Don't panic, it will be a work in progress. Our intent is not to get perfect work but to learn as an organization.
- Mr. Badura will be available for any assistance that is needed. Please email him so that he can help you with whatever you may need in planning for your learning experience.
Creativity-Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention.
Critical Thinking-Looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects and disciplines.
Communication-Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions.
- How are you fostering creativity in your classroom?
- Have any great student projects that demonstrate this that you could share?
- How do you get students to "think deeper" in your classroom?
- What activities are you doing to support this?
- How do you foster an environment of open communication in your classroom?
- Do you encourage student voice? If so, what's that look like?
- How do you communicate with students and parents outside of class? Remind? Social Media? Teach us about it!
Collaboration-Working together to reach a goal--putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work.
Student Choice-Empower students by giving them choices in how they learn and how the demonstrate their learning.
Problem/Project Based Learning-Problem Based-Teacher presents students with a problem, not lectures, assignments or exercises. Student learning is active as they figure out the content to solve the problem. Project Based-a student-centered approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration
- What does collaboration look like in your classroom?
- Do you have any classroom protocols when it comes to collaboration in your classroom?
- Do you ever collaborate with anyone outside of your classroom?
- How do you let students take control of their learning in your classroom?
- How are you assessing your students needs and wants in your classroom?
- What does it look like? Do you have an activity/unit that you could walk us through in which you utilize student choice?
Global Connectedness-A globally connected classroom empowers students by offering a learning environment that is open to the outside world. One in which students get engaged in real life authentic learning.
- Are you utilizing social media as an educator? Do you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or other social media personally?
- If you use social media, do you bring ideas you learned to your classroom?
- Do you connect your students with classrooms outside of Nebraska? If so, walk us through how you do this.
- If not, let's get your classes connected before February 10th so that you can share about the experience!