Light at the end of the tunnel

I can’t believe we have ONE more course left in the CoETaIL cohort!  This blog post, that concludes course #4, is designed to begin work on course #5 – the finale.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Photo Credit: Werner Kunz via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Werner Kunz via Compfight cc

The assignment is to sketch out two or three options you have in mind for your Course 5 project. For each of the options, think about the following questions:

  • Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?, What are some concerns about redesigning this unit?, What shifts in pedagogy will this unit require of you?, What skills or attitudes will this new unit require of your students?

  • UNIT possibilities:
  • I am still searching for WHAT exactly I am going to do for the final project – some ideas that I have:
  • Socratic Seminar – the students can partipate in a Socratic Seminar enhanced with TECH TOOLS where they are able to engage in discussion and even CHOOSE the piece that they all agree to read.  
  • Literature Circles  – We can conduct a problem based learning or even inquiry based learning where the students assess the books they want to read.  We can then have virtual circles like the article suggests.
  • Skype penpals – Not completely sure what to do on this one, but I love the idea of learning more about other cultures from FIRST HAND experiences.  Taking a story that we read in the classroom and then having the students seek out answers to questions through connections they make on Skype!  Just brainstorming on this one!
  • Concerns about redesigning this unit?

  • My concerns are implementing the SAMR model and reaching the highest level – redefinition!  My current school is a bit technology deficient and I have had issues with gaining computer lab time let alone finding a way to “create new tasks inconceivable without the computer.”
  • I want to go BEYOND the typical using blogs in the reading/writing classroom – see video below.
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  • Shifts in pedagogy that this unit will require?

  • This is going to a take a paradigm shift in THINKING for me and also relinquishing control.  I thrive on being the prepared teacher and I get even more excited when I plan something and it goes well….With this project, NOT knowing how this implementation will happen (lack of technology in the school and with the students) and even worst, what the outcomes will be, makes me anxious.  I need to LET go!!!
  • Skills and/or attitudes this unit will require from students?

  • My students are going to have to become more tech proficient.  I have about 20% of my students in EACH class that have limited technology knowledge – meaning have never even prepared a Powerpoint presentation!

Lots to marinate on – check back in January 2014 for an update on how the project is unfolding!

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2 Responses to Light at the end of the tunnel

  1. Hi Misty! I know what you mean about ‘letting go’. I’ve been doing more activities where the children are ‘creating’ – I really find it difficult to let go of my preconceived ideas about what they ‘should’ be creating!

    Paul

    P.S. I like your very organised blog categories – I might use that idea to make it easier to find my previous posts.

  2. Avatar of eevans eevans says:

    Knowing what SFS is like, I can’t imagine what you are facing in your new school. I can see why you’d be anxious. But even with students who don’t know as much about technology, you can still get them to reach a goal that is achievable for them, even if it doesn’t reach where you’d like it to be. The outcomes are all relative and your project is the process of transforming the unit. I can’t wait to see your final project, Misty!

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