Authentic Audience: Examples of Coaching in the classroom
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A LOW-STRESS IMPLEMENTATION Kelly Lautenschlager, West Middle comm arts teacher,asked her students to compose their work using Google Docs.Nothing out of the ordinary here. But what Kelly decided to donext changed the way students approached the assignment: shepaired students with peers from other classes she teaches. Kellycreated authentic audience for her peer editing process simply byconnecting students in one of her classes to students in another.
ANOTHER LOW-STRESS IMPLEMENTATION Corrie Meyer and Kristin Judd, math teachers at WestHigh, used an animation and presentation tool called Scratch tointroduce important elements of mathematical reasoning togeometry students. What’s different about that? Instead ofasking students to download and “turn in” their projects, Corrieand Kristin told them to post them online, in a gallery everyonecould view (even the “outside” world).
A COLLEGIAL IMPLEMENTATION Donna Carter, gifted teacher at West Middle, hasembarked on a collaborative project with a colleague fromanother Parkway middle school. Donnas students post theirown work to a wiki, a collaboratively created web site, and hercolleagues students simply view their peers work and leavecomments.
ANOTHER COLLEGIAL IMPLEMENTATION Two Spanish teachers, Megan Schacht at West Middle andEileen Rodriguez-Kiser at West High, coordinated a project topromote student participation in upper levels of Spanish.Eileen’s Spanish 5 students did a cumulative performance eventthat year, as they always did, but this time they did it for a realaudience – the 8th graders who would be joining West High thenext year. Skype joined the two classrooms quickly and easily. Skype icon courtesy of YellowIcon
CONNECTING TO THE WORLD Amy Cohen, science teacher at West High, recently begana collaborative work with another teacher in Mexico, connectingtheir students around the theme of medical sciences. Thesestudents will correspond to one another through ePals while alsotalking with one another through Skype. This is an outgrowth of the work Eileen Rodriguez-Kiserhas been doing with another colleague at the same school inMexico. As we pursue authentic audience for our students, weopen up opportunities for others! Skype icon courtesy of YellowIcon