Friday, December 31, 2010

January 12, 2010 - Common Core Standards and Scholastic!

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Free Webinar: Understanding the Common Core State Standards in ELA. Join Scholastic and Susan Gendron to learn more about the specific requirements of the standards and also receive an overview of Expert 21, a new English Language Arts curriculum that will help schools implement the standards in Grades 6-8. Click here to register today!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blended Learning! Following is a great resource center for teachers! Enjoy:)

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Online Education Resource Center Of The Week:
The Many Faces of Blended Learning

Go to eSN Online today and:

Discover how blended learning boosts achievement
Uncover the educational goals in the National Broadband Plan
Learn why interest in hybrid courses are on the rise
Find out how NYC schools deploy free email and collaboration tools

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Using Skills Learned in Guided Inquiry Ups Chances for Employment.

Following is a article provided by e-school.  It touches on many of the strategies we embedded in our guided inquiry units:)

Project-based learning in the classroom 

With employers looking for graduates who can communicate effectively, think critically, and solve problems in collaboration with other team members, more and more schools are looking to project-based learning as a way to better prepare students for these demands. Besides helping students develop the same 21st-century skills that employers covet, project-based learning also helps students retain the information they learn, proponents of the approach say--and it engages students' interest and motivates them to learn.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Librarian and Classroom Teacher Collaborate!

Information literacy is one of the most pertinent for the 21st century.

Information literacy requires student participation - the active searching/sorting/comprehending of information.

Ideally, the librarian and teacher team teach - a content area specialist and a media specialist.  This is the case in the Rumford Elementary school where Eileen Broderick is the librarian.

Every year she works with teachers to complete units on researching animals.

Interestingly enough, collaboration is equally important in the 21st century.  Teachers model this format and then students work in small groups.

This model can be used at any level.

Jacob Bogar, science teacher at Mt. Blue High School, takes a group of students to the school library to research in a guided inquiry unit.

Lisa Darymple collaborates with a technology instructor in her Spanish class where students are engaging in guided inquiry.

This type of reflection is key to processing the massive amount of information being presented to us through the global internet.

Guided inquiry requires active participation on the students' part and leads to engagement.

Engagement leads to rigor - a link teachers often overlook.

Following is a graphic that explains that illustrates the link between the two.  It was prepared by Dr. Valerie Dickerson.

Take a look.  These activities are easily embedded in classroom instruction.