Please note... The sketch notes below were created by Jen Giffen.
Day 7 - Dee Lanier
Today's talk was about collaborative learning with students in a problem based learning environment (PBS). I have always heard of PBS as project based learning but I must say I love this new way of thinking. The first step in this process is to realize that a problem has a real life consequence and every problem is an opportunity to succeed. Everything else is a puzzle, challenge, or mental exercise. As teachers, we need to watch the vocabulary we are using with our students. A math equation is a challenge not a problem.
Dee then went into the steps of problem solving. As he was talking I couldn't help but see my curriculum morph into something more. The exact something more I have been hunting for. As an ELA teacher, I often struggle with how to make "finding the theme" apply to real life. This mindset of changing how one approaches the topic gave me all sorts of ideas on how to do that. I have so many ideas that you will just have to wait for another day and another blog post.
You can learn more about Dee at his website.
Day 8 - Knikole Taylor
There were a few things that spoke to me personally that I often forget. You can't teach online the same way you can in person. This has been a challenge for my students and myself. We want "normal." By bringing in joy, giving students choices, letting go of control of the mute button, and adding something unexpected to your lessons, we can create an online environment we all enjoy.
Day 9 - Maria Arfanakis Galanis
I really like the idea of using a Jamboard for breakrooms. Have you had a hard time managing and getting to all of your groups? Me too! Color-code your groups and have them all work on 1 Jamboard. THEN you can see what everyone is working on at one time. You will be able to see which room needs you to pop-in and which rooms are doing well without you.
While I love this idea, Jamboards work best with 20 or less people on each Jam. This will be an issue for many teachers as our class sizes are often larger than this.
WOW! What a lot of great information! The items I shared were just the tip of the ice berg. Be sure to watch the presentations yourself to
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You could spend days here just soaking up all the great learning but it is only available for a short period (January 9, 2021) of time and then all amazing resources disappear until the next Ditch Summit.
Talk to you soon,
Hi! My name is Misty. I am a 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Mama of 5, and author of The Path to Passionate Teaching.