Really interesting video. I really like the summit based on a real-life issue. I wish one of the teachers would post the mechanics of setting up and implementing what appears to be a very engaging activity for a wide swath of students. Plus, I would want to think through how this activity was evaluated for individual marks and not for catch-all group marks.
Interesting video from the mind behind the Khan Academy. Here he discusses how online learning is meant to mesh with — not replace — classroom learning. For me, this echoes Karen Hume’s discussion of balancing tradition with innovation. “Salman Khan Describes Future Classrooms with Blended Learning” on YouTube:
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I just created a page here on Project-Based Learning because I want to know more about it. Why? I have been given an amazing opportunity to work in a high school with a fascinating diversity of cultures, abilities, interests and learning styles.
Not to overstate things, but I feel a little like all of the mind-blowing professional development that I have had a chance to learn from might all come in to play in this unique and rich learning environment. Indeed, with such differences simply part of the culture at WSS, it would appear that differentiation is really a necessity not just a interesting, once-in-a-while activity.
And as I have circled around PBL for the past year or so, my ‘Spidey Sense’ has been tingling as I wonder if PBL is something that might be a great fit as a tool for accommodating and harnessing all of this wonderful diversity.
Just found this very cool short video via Twitter. Although it is aimed at the business community, it is very applicable to teaching and education. Indeed, it is often those accidental story moments that a teacher or student shares that are magical and they are often referred to as ‘teachable moments’ — moments in the classroom that we didn’t plan for but they arise organically and as teachers we try to seize upon them and allow them to breathe a little before moving on.
What I like about this video and the idea behind it, is that teachers can deliberately re-format their teaching to include story or to frame the entire lesson by way of story. As a teacher who gravitates towards anything that makes my teaching more powerful and engaging, I am also drawn to this video’s message which, to me, echoes the ideas behind differentiated instruction: deliberately deliver powerful learning using the most effective teaching strategies.
But the simplicity of Pull vs. Push is what really grabs me here. So simple yet so powerful… A pessimist could argue that much of learning in schools today is sadly closer to Push than it is to Pull.
Here is the article that I found and below is the video:
Do we want young adults reading only the “right texts” or do we simply want them to read anything that engages them?
Cool, insightful, poignant graphic novel that delves into modern book-banning in America.