Essential question: What are my challenges and successes in implementing my unit?
Looking ahead: This week and next week (through April 15) will be dedicated to teaching your unit as much as possible in your classroom.
Make notes for yourself as you teach your unit this week. How did things go? Was it as expected? What challenges did you see? Did you see evidence of learning? What was this evidence? Will you need to change the unit in some way for the second week?
Remember that according to the rubric for the final reflection – contained in the syllabus, you need to do the following:
- Reflection of the internship provides evidence that the teacher participated in and contributed to individual paths for learning for students engaged in the experience. The teacher summarizes information from observations in the lesson about why students were making choices they did. – So, you need to make notes of the way that you helped individual students as they pursued their learning path (how your “scaffolded” student learning). This is the support that new learners need to become expert in their new knowledge. So if a student asks for assistance – why did this happen? Was it appropriate at the time? Is there a way that you could build in supports so that the next time you do this unit this issue is covered?
- Reflection demonstrates that teachers prepare for student work, customize for student engagement, and plan for classroom content, structures and systems that work appropriately for students. Evidence supports effectiveness of this planning. – For this criterion, you will consider the entire system that you have in place. How did you plan – from materials, to group work, delivery and facilitation, to assessment – and how did this work? What would you do differently next time? What evidence can you provide (student work – excerpts from the notes you create during the week) that this planning was effective? Remember that evidence is very important to meeting this criterion at pass. It isn’t enough just to say – yes – it was effective. You have to show HOW it was effective – and how you know.
- Reflection and twitter transcript demonstrates that teachers used data from observation and/or surveys to inform their work in the unit. An evaluation of two students’ work in the unit is demonstrated, with appropriate evidence to justify the score assigned. – Attention Twitter hosts for the week! 🙂 In our Twitter session, we should provide an opportunity for people to reflect on how their units are going. This way – the twitter transcript can serve as evidence that data from observation and pretests or surveys are being used to inform the way we approach instruction of the unit. Also – you will need to scan or take a picture of the work of two students (be sure that the names of the students are not mentioned and that the work doesn’t show the name of the students – you will wish to give the students pseudonyms as you reference them in your reflection). Then, you need to explain, analyze and evaluate what this work means about effectiveness of learning for these two students. Please do all three! It isn’t enough to explain if you don’t analyze and evaluate. And definitely you will need to include some sort of narrative with the student product. It isn’t enough to put the product in and expect it to stand on its own.
So – as you teach your unit this week and next, please gather the evidence you will need to meet these complex and high level criterion. As you post your blog this week, synthesize what you have thus far, and share with us how the unit is going, and the evidence you are currently seeing in these three areas.
Onward and upward!
Each week, between Monday and Friday, students are expected to post a response to the Essential Question for the week. Students then interact with others by making postings to their blogs and interacting in twitter. On Sunday, students are expected to post a reflection on their blog of the learning that they have encountered during the week.