Examples of Lessons & Units that Integrate Subjects:
Examples of Skills Lessons & Units:
Examples from Charlotte Danielson:
Professional Books that I've read (2015-2017):
- Daily check-in of class work and homework (one-on-one feedback and re-teach). Independent practice while waiting. (20-25)
- Direct instruction of new skill with note-taking and constant checks for understanding. (15-30)
- Collaborative practice with check-in after each side of work. (Remainder of period)
- Homework to practice skill without support.
- (Math requires many prerequisite relationships that I've come to learn over the years. In order to ensure the proper order of skills, I have shuffled a few units around and combined a few units for maximum learning potential).
- Novel study (a.k.a. Literature Circles) - students select novels based on interest & I partner students with similar interests. Students read aloud in partnerships/groups of three while discussing the book, asking and answering questions, using Signposts from Notice and Note and those that we created.
- Daily Mini-lessons that incorporate topics from Schoolwide and other reading skills (both teacher-led and student-led).
- Homework is to write a summary of the day's reading (students take turns completing this on a shared Google Doc).
- Interactive Read Aloud lessons taught on occasional Tuesdays & Thursdays with student ePortfolio components.
- Integrated into other subjects as much as possible.
- Non-Fiction Writing:
- Argumentative essays in Energy Debates
- Human Body Research Papers
- Reflective Writing on ePortfolio posts
- State of Nature Stories in Social Studies
- Summary writing in Reading
- Fiction Writing:
- Personal Narratives from other people's points of view (including personas they take on in Social Studies)
- JoonBugz Screenplay (integrating Schoolwide skills)
- Lessons are posted online.
- Direct instruction from the teacher to get students started on inquiry and exploration.
- Students record video and pictures of their process and products and then post everything on their ePortfolios.
- Students answer Reflection & Synthesis questions to confirm understanding of material.
- Social Studies:
- "History Alive" combines focused & concise content-area reading with fun, collaborative explorations of historical concepts and events (tug-of-war, act-it-outs, debates, etc.).
- "We the People" teaches textbook, note-taking, study, and test-taking skills while also combining focused & concise content-area reading with fun, collaborative explorations of historical concepts and events (just like History Alive).
- Simulations allow students to "experience" history as they colonize Mars in order to create a government and constitution for their fledgling country. They also move west during the Oregon Trail to learn about our country's westward expansion efforts in the 1800's.
I use the concepts from "Understanding by Design" (UbD) from Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe to design units effectively (backwards design).
I attended a 2-day Advanced UbD Workshop led by both authors and, as a result, discovered the importance of "transfer" and eliminating unnecessary lessons.
I help organize EdCamps and attend other voluntary Professional Development opportunities (2015-2017):