PBL · student engagement

spark interest with a powerful launch

Kicking off a lesson in a way that engages students is a classroom necessity, in my opinion. This Cult of Pedagogy post offers a very thoughtful look at those all-important Anticipatory Sets and how to get the most out of them. When it comes to a PBL unit, the Anticipatory Set is more of a… Continue reading spark interest with a powerful launch

assessment · professional development

focus on the 4 Cs ~ collaboration

The strategic plan for Wake County Public School System, the school district I work for, includes an emphasis on the 4 Cs ~ collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. At my school site, we recently held some differentiated training for teachers focused on collaboration. I was tasked with instructing the teachers that considered themselves proficient… Continue reading focus on the 4 Cs ~ collaboration

lessons · teach with literature

children around the world ~ a lesson in questioning and observation

Late in September, we spent several days engaging in a lesson from Expeditionary Learning which used the book My Librarian is a Camel to generate discussion and prompt students to make observations and ask questions. I collected several images from the internet to show children borrowing books and reading in a variety of settings. The… Continue reading children around the world ~ a lesson in questioning and observation