Student centered – The students will be working together in groups to become experts on a specific topic and then teach their peers.
Using information – Students will be using multiple forms of information to prepare a lesson that they can teach to their peers.
Facilitator – As students are working to create their lesson I will be available to guide them through the process and will serve a as a resource for their understanding and learning. However, I will stand back to allow them to be the teachers.
Flexible grouping configuration based on individual student needs – Students will be grouped based on their need for remediation.
Multiple instructional and learning modalities to include all students – Students will be provided with several different resources for each topic for their learning and understanding as well as with peers with whom they can collaborate.
Higher-order thinking skills – Students will be learning information in a way that they can then explain it to their peers. They won’t be just doing, they will understand in a way that they can then communicate.
Collaboration – Students will be working together in a group to create a lesson and teach it to their peers.
Multiple sources of information, including technology – Each group will have a list of resources to master the topic, do research and prepare a lesson.
Technology fully integrated into the classroom – Multiple forms of technology will be provided to each group as well as a requirement for use in their presentation.
Teachers addressing the learning styles of all learners – Upon implementing the unit, a learning inventory will be given to determine the different learning styles and needs of my students.
Learning how to learn – As students are given a differentiated task, collaborate to prepare a lesson, teach their peers it is my hope that they will learn how they learn.
Using a variety of types of information to complete authentic projects – Students will be provided with a list of different types of resources to gather information as well as to use as a means of presenting and teaching the information.
Students acting as a professional in the discipline – As the students become experts in their topic they will then become the professionals and teach the class.
Inquiry – Students will use the provided resources to become experts on their remediation topic.
Projects – Students will make a vocabulary photo album of the important terms for their topic.
Technology – Students will use the internet and computer software as a means of research and productivity.
Dynamic, Flexible Grouping – Students will be grouped by readiness based on their need for remediation.
Authentic Teaching and Learning Experiences – Students will use several resources to learn and research form. These resources include applications of the content to make the information authentic. As a component of their presentation they must include where their information can be used of found in the real world. Also, their collaborative project requires them to find Geometry in the real world and gather it in an album. As students are becoming experts, they are gaining an authentic understanding because they must learn the information in such a way that they can understand and articulate.
Students will be provided with many resources to remediate,
gather information, and create a presentation.
Interactive tutorial websites
Geometer’s Sketchpad software and discovery activities
Any other Web 2.0 resources they may come across
Students will be provided with a list of these resources and their expectations for using these resources at the beginning of the unit. There is a classroom set of laptops for students to collaborate and prepare their presentation. While giving their presentations, students will be able to use the Promethean board.
Podcast – This podcast gives an overview of my project and describes how students will be engaged using authentic learning experiences that relate to student-centered, learning and doing, using information, and/or teachers as facilitators.
ERIC Article – This article review describes how technology is utilized and infused into my project. It also details an experience and results of leaving the comfort of only discipline to promote interdisciplinary work with colleagues. It also gives an online tool that promotes collaboration in the classroom.
Collaborative Project – This student project is a collaborative, performance-based assessment with a corresponding rubric. Groups of students must make a vocabulary photo album for their remediation topics.
How-to Guide –This guide can be used to help students locate, evaluate, and use information from multiple online resources. It includes step-by-step directions that will effectively lead students through the research process, as explain digital citizenship guidelines.
Learning Style Inventory – This math specific learning style inventory
can be given to students to determine their preferred math learning style.
Public Service Announcement – This public service announcement
highlights how parents and students can become involved in a school
initiative to promote student performance.
Newsletter – This is a monthly newsletter that can be sent home to
parents to make them aware of the happenings in the classroom as
well as provide information relevant to the course.