March 30, 2011
“Secrets” of High-Quality Interactive Lesson Content (1 hour)
April 13, 2011
2:00 pm ET
Register at the following link.
Interactive lesson planning is much like what we were taught when we first learned how to write lesson plans. The only difference is that now we have the power of interactivity to incorporate into our lesson design. It opens the realm of possibilities to tap into every student’s unique learning style, otherwise known as differentiation. Planning is not arbitrary but skillful, with deliberate decisions being made every step of the way.
The first part of this webinar will discuss the primary features of high-quality interactive lessons, including student-focused learning objectives that are observable and measurable, assessment that is appropriate to the objectives, and giving the learner numerous opportunities to practice the skill that we want them to be able to apply. Other features to be discussed include sequencing of content from easy-to-difficult and simple-to-complex, and designing lesson layouts that are clean and uncluttered.
The second part of this webinar will show examples of real lessons that illustrate these principles. Mimio Master Tracy Tishion will lead the group through these lessons and share her own experiences with high- and low-quality digital content being used in schools today.
On completion of this webinar, attendees should be able to:
• Identify examples of student objectives that are observable and unobservable;
• Write student-focused learning objectives that are observable and measureable;
• Identify examples of assessment that are overt and covert;
• Write assessment items that are overt and appropriate for the objectives;
• Write at least three additional characteristics of quality content
March 30, 2011
We are opening a new CTE center in the fall of 2011. Could you please send me some ideas of technology/software that you find most useful in teaching Ready Set Teach? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
March 29, 2011
Would You Want to Be a Teacher? was posted on The Learning Network Blog from the New York Times. Lead students to discuss the posting and the related article.
March 28, 2011
Teaching Ideas, Useful Resources
Webinar – Addressing Diverse Student Learning Needs
Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m. EDT
Also available “on demand” any time 24 hours after the event.
Free registration is now open.
On account of both demographic changes and evolving school instructional policies, many teachers today face an increasingly wide range of student learning differences?be they academic, behavioral, physical, or cultural?in their classrooms. Even experienced teachers often do not feel fully prepared to meet the challenge of addressing such varied needs. The 2010 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, released this month, finds that 60 percent of K-12 educators say strengthening resources and programs to help students with diverse learning needs become college- and career-ready should be a top priority in education. The survey finds that math teachers, in particular, struggle with differentiating instruction to reach all learners.
In this webinar, our guests will discuss the MetLife survey findings on student learning differences and explore how schools and individual teachers can better accommodate diverse learning needs.
- Dana Markow, Ph.D. is the vice president of youth and education research for Harris Interactive, which conducted the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. She has directed numerous studies related to issues surrounding youth and education.
- David Ginsburg specializes in instructional coaching, leadership coaching, and teacher training. He has three decades of experience in business and education, including 17 years as an urban schools teacher, instructional coach, and school leader. He is the author of the popular blog Coach G’s Teaching Tips on the Education Week Teacher website.
March 24, 2011
How is the atmosphere in your classroom? Is it inviting? Does it inspire learning?
Read how the art of feng shui can transform your classroom in the article below.
Give Your Space the Right Design
March 22, 2011
Check out this FREE resource from Edutopia!
Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning