Sunday, March 16, 2014

Outcomes Approach to Planning and Blended Learning

Outcomes Approach to Planning:

I had a light bulb moment a week and a half ago when talking with some colleagues. The conversation was around looking at the desired outcomes of meetings and including those outcomes in the agendas. It made perfect sense to me. Of course we want the participants in a meeting to know what we the presenter expect them to get out of the meeting. I quickly implemented this approach to my agenda for the department chair meeting. My meeting agendas from now on will not only include the topics of discussion, but the outcomes I want the participants to have. I can't help but see a connection to lesson planning.

We have spent considerable time over the past few years looking at daily objectives. Teachers daily objectives now include an observable verb for the students. Let's see if we can take the objective one step further. Begin to think of ways you can tweak your objectives to read in a more outcome based fashion. Objectives written with an observable verb are valuable in the sense that you know what you expect to see students doing and students know what they will be doing, but we need to go further than that. You have to ask yourself what is the outcome I want for my students. When we focus on "topic A" today what outcome do I want? Determining what you want your outcome to be, will then guide you in the process of determing what activities you will do with your students to get to that desired outcome. Additionally, if you have a clear outcome you will be able to design assessemnts appropriate to determine if you have met that outcome.

Blended Learning Symposium:

I left early on Friday to head down to San Jose for the Blended Learning Symposium. As usual I took my notes via Twitter. You can see the entire Twitter feed for the symposium at #CaliBL14. For those of you still not yet on Twitter, I have included my Twitter notes below to give each of you an overview of the highlights from the presentation. Alan November was the keynote presenter and solidified for me that our focus on tech integration is not only a smart path for our students, but a necessary path.

All of you know that I like to think outside of the box and take on challenges. So,after listening to Alan November, I am very excited to work on ways of changing the classroom environment from the antiquated desks in rows format to a more fluid and ergonomical furniture setup that lends itself to collaboration and tech integeration. :) :) :) To quote educator George Cuoros, "We are more likely to have creative students when we have creative teachers. If we want kids to think different, we need to first." 

My Twitter notes:

Example of furniture redesign. Milpitas Unified.

How do we maximize the time in class? Use technology to ensure that time in school is the most PRODUCTIVE & MEANINGFUL

Just as we at our conferences let's allow our students to what they are learning. Impact MORE at once

Let's rethink the furniture make up in our classrooms. Design learning spaces that reflect collaboration.

RT I believe has hit one out the park on this!! I'd suggest reading thru his timeline. Great stuff.

Be a Learner, Collaborator, Faciltator, Innovator, Risk Taker!!

"If you could design the school of the future what would it look like?" --Milpitas Unified

check this out Many of the technologies shown are actually available.

Are we asking the right questions? The answers will be messy. But it will be worse if we don't ask right ??

We must prepare our students by teaching them how to question the information provided.

" Teachers still assigning assignments that were around before the internet." We MUST redesign!

Our students have the world's libraries at their fingertips. We need to teach them how to access!

When assessing think about "What don't you see?" "What is missing?" When searching the internet.

Every teacher needs to see what the student behavior on searching Google is. We do need to teach searching skills.

When students own the learning the limits are pushed way out!!

We need teachers that diagnose learning styles and push stud. Publish work globally, collaborative learning

When stu talk to one another and ask ?? that is a very diff exp than taking a test alone.

"There is no learning in taking a test. You are recording what you have already learned."  

The AP50 experience on Youtube

We can't just provide "new tricks" with tech. Must "unlearn" Shift control from teacher to students.

Our teachers need to "unlearn" the habits of the past.

Shift of control from the teachers to the learners. We MUST shift control to the learners!

Cursive knowledge, kids are social, self assessment, kids need to be creative and produce

Every teacher needs to be globally connected. Add to the library that helps other kids around the world!

Grades do not always motivate students. One thing that does is interacting socially over the internet, Twitter..

We have to let our students know that school can be about students learning so they can change the world!!

Check out tutorials in a student voice for math!!!

Socrates, one room schoolhouse, Facebook, Twitter, playground. Kids are social in their natural behavior.

We need to teach kids how to learn. Not teach kids how to be taught. --

The role of the teacher is not to give an answer but to ask the most interesting question. --Socrates

citing research that the #1 skill for teachers is how they provide feedback on student work. This will have impact.

citing John Hattie's research. Students who can self assess/self grade tend to do much better than those that don't.

"The journey with education technology will be sloppy." Everyone is still learning and it is ever changing.

Our Battle of the Books team won their last match on Thursday, making them the 2014 UNDEFEATED Champions!! CONGRATULATIONS!! 

Observe: To see and notice something. 

Many more great things are in store for Crystal!

Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence! 


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