Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1. Am I in the right room?
2. Where am I suppose to sit?
3. What are the classroom rules?
4. What will I be doing in your classroom this year?
5. How will I be graded?
6. Who is my teacher as a person?
7. Will I be treated fairly in the classroom?
How well these questions are answered in planning prior to the 1st day is critical to success.
Their focus is on playtesting games written for curriculum support. I wonder what's out there where lessons and units are using MMORG as the environment. I'll follow the ning to learn more.
2 highlights were an elementary and a middle school. English Estates Elementary does project-based learning as curriculum approach. http://teachercenter.scps.k12.fl.us/ees What makes this worthwhile is their culture-building element. All students engage into Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as part of their learning content concepts. See their resources on their site. They have several resources on their systemic work.
Salina Intermediate School uses teacher leadership with the principal to improve instruction and learning. http://salina-int.dearbornschools.org
They're doing great work on establishing focus on learning as a learning community. Students and teachers use many methods to teach and learn together. One example is through videos, such how and how not to meet collaborative and Co-Teaching.
Here are some usefulresources.
Today, I'm at a session called Game On.