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We often hear that teachers need to be facilitators of learning rather than deliverers of information. Through this workshop, Clif Mims will help you begin developing strategies for managing a …

We often hear that teachers need to be facilitators of learning rather than deliverers of information. Through this workshop, Clif Mims will help you begin developing strategies for managing a classroom in which students have a leading role in learning and the teacher becomes an engaged classroom coach. Strategies for designing and practical tips for implementing units will be shared.

Workshop resources available at http://bit.ly/mims201.

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  • 1. Designing Inquiry-Based Learning Activities Clif Mims - clifmims.com
  • 2. Clif Mims clifmims.com clifmims.com/connectConnect and let’s learn together.
  • 3. All materials are available online: bit.ly/mims201
  • 4. nbc.com nike.com nccoinc.org dbsalliance.orgnspsecurity.com
  • 5. Shhh! The Students Are Learning:Being an Effective Facilitator of Learning
  • 6. Inquiry-Based Learning Project-Based Learning
  • 7. Characteristics ofProject-Based Learning
  • 8. Characteristics of PBL• Driving question, scenario• Data collection• Data analysis• Communicate findings
  • 9. This will be our framework for designing opportunities for facilitated learning.
  • 10. Examples from Your Classroom
  • 11. Model 1• Collaborate with your partner(s) to research the debate of the H1N1 flu vaccine in the U.S.A. Review trustworthy resources taking notes and keeping citations as you learn.• DUE TODAY: Work with your partner(s) to develop a list of some of the arguments for taking and abstaining from the vaccine.
  • 12. Model 2• Collaborate with your partner(s) to research the debate of the H1N1 flu vaccine in the U.S.A. Review trustworthy resources taking notes and keeping citations as you learn.• DUE TODAY: Work with your partner(s) to develop a list of some of the arguments for taking and abstaining from the vaccine.• DUE WEDNESDAY: Create a persuasive presentation advocating for your decision to take or abstain from the vaccine.
  • 13. Revisit the Framework • Driving question, scenario • Data collection • Data analysis • Communicate findings
  • 14. Making Connections• Common Core Standards• State Curriculum Frameworks• 21st Century Skills• Productive Citizens
  • 15. Example 1What can you learn from a parking lot?
  • 16. Students’ Driving Questions• What is the ratio of cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans?• Where do people with sports cars tend to park their cars?• What is the most common vehicle color to visit this parking lot?• When is this parking lot the busiest?• From 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM does Publix, Jitney Jungle, or Kroger have the busiest parking lot?• Judging by the parking lots, which local banks attract the most business?
  • 17. Example 2• Authentic Learning Activity• Example student projects
  • 18. Model 3 Imagine that you are part of Christopher Columbus crew and determine how much drinking water needs to be packed.
  • 19. Model 3 Imagine that you are part of Christopher Columbus crew and determine how much drinking water needs to be packed. SURPRISE: Report your answer in liters.
  • 20. Revisit the Framework • Driving question, scenario • Data collection • Data analysis • Communicate findings
  • 21. Making Connections• Common Core Standards• State Curriculum Frameworks• 21st Century Skills• Productive Citizens
  • 22. What Does It Take to Create an Activity Like This?
  • 23. Instructional Design Tips1. Driving question or scenario2. Alternative/suggested resources3. Mini-lessons as needed4. Conferencing5. Organizers6. Guide students through questioning Mims, C. (2003), Authentic Learning: A Practical Introduction and Guide for Implmentation
  • 24. Practical Tips for Teachers1. You must think like a coach.2. Bring earplugs.3. Ease your way into it.4. Get some help.5. You are learning, too. Mims, C. (2003), Authentic Learning: A Practical Introduction and Guide for Implmentation
  • 25. Image Source: blog.pixellogo.com
  • 26. Application• Identify at least one project-based activity that you will implement next semester.• Use the Planning Form (Example Lessons/Units: 1 Day, 3 Days, 2 Weeks)
  • 27. Related Resources• Authentic Learning: A Practical Introduction and Guide for Implmentation• Inquiry-Based Learning at Wikipedia• Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century• Instructional Design in the Digital Age• ClifMims.com
  • 28. Presentation materials andmany other teacher resources available at http://clifmims.com/pd.
  • 29. Clif Mims clifmims.com clifmims.com/connectConnect and let’s learn together.
  • 30. clifmims.com/ccl