FINALLY! For the past three weeks Andrea had been wanting to dissect assessment rubrics. Today we had the time to do it. In a circle we silently passed the rubrics around and provided feedback, suggestions, and compliments to each others’ assessment rubrics. It afforded us the opportunity to see our own work through the lens of a peer, and only hoped that we had had this opportunity sooner to make the suggested adjustments for the gain of the students in our placements.
Daniel- Mini Professional Learning
Daniel used his formatting talents to wow us with the adjustments that can and should be made to cookie-cutter labs. He demonstrated his own modifications of state labs to make them more student centered and easier to follow and participate in. After looking at his work, he provided us with 3 essential suggestions to formatting our own labs. Once we were thinking about changes that could help students learn and interact more effectively with labs, we chose one lab each that was applicable to our content area and tried our hand at reworking the lab to be more student centered, better formatted, and integrate connections with previous content in our specialized subjects. It was engaging, fun, and a necessary addition to our teaching toolbox.
Andrea- Literacy Techniques
Andrea used her time after break to share with the class 4 literacy techniques surrounding a very specific article about Bald Eagle populations. We began with a guessing “game” of sorts where we had to consider vocabulary and how it would all be integrated into a single piece of writing and brainstorm topics. Then we listened to the article and drew what we heard in an activity termed “etch-e-sketch.” After drawing, we were given two paragraphs of the article to analyze for content we knew, content that was new, and essential vocab. Lastly, we quickly looked at a possible “RAFT” (Role, Audience, Format, and Topic) to make students write about what they read.
Paige- Ponderings and Proposals