The Transparent Classroom through Reverse Teaching Strand
I choose the blue pill. It's a color I love and while I don't know why I am choosing it, I do!
ah... you will find out on Tuesday... all will be revealed then and we will see how far this rabbit hole goes
I hope it is deep!
Rylee wants to know, why she can't see your head?Bloom's taxonomy ranks "plan", "design", "produce" and "apply" as higher level cognitive skills. So it seems that such skills would be mandatory for reverse teaching to be effective. What suggestions would you have for reverse teaching with students that are functioning at a lower cognitive level?
I love the idea of recording a lesson to have the students watch as homework. I rely on the computers a lot in my classes. As we mentioned today, some of the sites that I intend to use are blocked or students laptops have been taken away (sometimes for the minor infractions that I'll admit, a lot of the older, less tech-savy teachers take away for some of the most ridiculous reasons.) It really impacts my class in turn, but having these prerecorded mini lessons and activities for students to watch on their own time and having more hands on activities in the classroom would not only probably engage them more, but also help in this situation. Teaching eighth grade, I'm confident that after some modeling and time that I could trust them to do some of the video taping and blog posting on their own. So much more valuable that way, and students learn even more while trying to teach someone else! Makes for a great resource for students who miss class as our school struggles with absenteeism for a number of students. My hopes are that by allowing students to be more "in control" of their learning they will actually WANT to be in class!
A few questions:How do you choose the groups for the 5th grade project? How do you help them work in groups that are not of their choosing?What kind of paperwork do the students fill out about the project?
I loved the idea you presented today about progress reports. I've always wanted to provide more detailed information to my parents and time has always been the biggest drawback. The concept you suggested is a valuable method to get the students to explain and show what they are doing in class. It also saves the time of writing and sending out all the information in a traditional progress report set up. Schools will still demand traditional methods of record keeping, but I think these tools can be used together to present a more accurate picture of what the student is doing in class. I think that maintaining a blog can help teachers balance the traditional demands of our schools, while keeping parents well-informed about what our classes actually look like.
Immediately this made me think of how even with technology, some teachers aren't using it in an effective way. Used correctly, technology engages students and enhances learning.
I agree that teachers need to act more as facilitators in student learning. Over the last year, I've allowed my students to present to me how they would like to demonstrate their knowledge regarding the standards I teach. This has been a great way for me to learn about a lot of the technology tools on the Mac as they'll have an idea of how to demonstrate their knowledge using their laptop. So, I'll have them teach me about what tool they want to use and how they want to use it.