2017-2018 and 2018-2019 School Years:
The teacher displays extensive knowledge of the important concepts in the discipline and how these relate both to one another and to other disciplines:
Examples of Lessons & Units that Integrate Subjects:
The teacher's plans and practice reflect familiarity with a wide range of effective pedagogical approaches in the discipline and the ability to anticipate student misconceptions:
How my plans demonstrate awareness of possible student misconceptions and how they can be addressed:
The teacher demonstrates understanding of prerequisite relationships among topics and concepts and understands the link to necessary cognitive structures that ensure student understanding:
Recent development of content-related pedagogy:
School Years prior to 2017-2018:
- 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 helped organize EdCamps & attend other voluntary Professional Development opportunities (2015-2017):
Inter- and Intradisciplinary Content Relationships for 5th Grade:
- PenPal Schools (Writing & Social Studies)
- World Poetry Day (Reading & Writing)
- Passion Time (Content, Writing, Reading)
- Environmental Challenges (Science & Reading)
- Inventor's Challenge (Science & Reading)
- 3M Young Scientist Challenge (Science & Reading)
- Global Invent-It Challenge (Science & Reading)
- JoonBugz (Writing & Reading)
- Colonize Mars (Science & Social Studies)
- Human Body Research Paper (Writing & Science)
Examples of Skills Lessons & Units:
- 21st Century Collaboration Challenge
- Global School Play Day
- Mystery Skype
- The Innovator's Mindset
- Pure Genius
- Ditch that Textbook
- The Zen Teacher
- Explore Like a Pirate
- Play Like a Pirate
- Your School Rocks... So Tell People
- How Much Water Do You Have?
- The Classroom Chef
- Kids Deserve It!
- The Writing on the Classroom Wall
- Instant Relevance
- Escaping The School Leader’s Dunk Tank
- The HyperDoc Handbook
- Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning
- Teaching Students to Self-Assess
- The Reading Strategies Book
- If They Can Argue Well, They Can Write Well
- Discovering the 5 Love Languages at School
- What Connected Educators Do Differently
- Hacking Education
- Teach Like Finland
- Growing a Growth Mindset
- Dozens more! Many of them are featured in Domain 4.