New Series: Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

In June, I traveled with a handful of colleagues from my district to teach students and train teachers in China.   This was a unique opportunity for me to bridge two of my passions — travel and education!  Our partners on this trip, the Chinese and Cultural Exchange Center (CCEC) and the Creative Academic Network (CAN), tasked us Read More …

Tech Tuesday – PBL 301- Group Work vs. Collaboration

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

Are your students collaborating or dividing and conquering?  In this session, we will discuss how to manage student teams so that learning is comprehensive rather than fragmented. Agenda Let’s first develop a definition of collaboration by reading the first two pages of “Towards Better Group Work: Seeing the Difference between Cooperation and Collaboration” an article Read More …

ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 502 – Building Better Rubrics

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

If you missed the Tech Tuesday session yesterday, click here to check out the agenda and materials.  Below, I’ve linked a screencast I posted to my YouTube channel that models a standards-based approach to writing a rubric.  Using the template I provided in yesterday’s post (also below), you can go through the process yourself. Screencast Read More …

Tech Tuesday – PBL 502 – Building Better Rubrics

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

How can we as teachers develop useable and thorough rubrics that set high expectations but also provide student voice/choice?  In this session, bring your standards and expectations, because we will be building rubrics for your project(s). Agenda Review of rubric characteristics from previous rubric meeting Brief overview of laying-out a rubric in Word Find your Read More …

ICYMI Tech Tuesday – PBL 107 – Getting Started

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

It’s time to create your first PBL unit. In this session, develop an idea; specify learning goals; decide on the project scope and write a driving question. Today was the first day of a year-long series of Tech Tuesdays on project-based learning (PBL).  This Tuesday, we explored project-based learning (PBL) as defined by the Buck Read More …

“Dissection Documentaries” come alive in the classroom (and on SCETV)

This semester, I have had the pleasure of working with one of our biology teachers on a semester-long “Dissection Documentary” project.  (Think Inside Nature’s Giants, but in the classroom…and with smaller specimens.)  Students in Bio II (mostly as seniors) study many species, families, etc of our green and blue planet.  In an effort to blend Read More …

On social media: Bridges bring the heroes in while fences make more villains

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Social media has done me well as a professional. Social media, however, has now been conclusively tied to petty violence and gang activity in Chicago and other major cities across the United States. Does that mean, though, that what we thought of as a limitless bridge is now collapsing and giving way to fences? Read More …