what is authentic learning According to Donovan, Bransford, &Pellegrino Authentic learning, also known as experiential learning, is a teaching method that allows students to explore, discuss, and meaningfully connect concepts and relationships that are relevant to the real-world and are meaningful to the students.
Some major characteristics of authentic learning are:•Learning is real-world oriented and has value beyond the school setting.•Learning is often interdisciplinary.•Students use higher-order thinking skills and learn concepts as well as basic facts.•The classroom is learner cantered and allows for a variety of learning styles.•Students have ownership of their learning.•Instruction uses hand-on approaches and is accessible for all learners.
Continued...•Learning is active and student driven.•Teachers act as coaches or learning facilitators. They are one of many resources students may turn to for learning. Parents, outside experts, and community members may all serve as sources for learning.•Scaffolding allows students to receive help when they need it and allows them to work freely when they can accomplish tasks on their own.•Learning uses real-time data, which students investigate and from which they draw conclusions.•Students often work together and have opportunities for discussion as they work to solve the problem.•Students produce a product that is directed toward a real audience.
Authentic teaching Authentic instruction, which differs from traditional teaching methods, use teaching strategies such as: structuring learning around genuine tasks, employing scaffolding, engaging students in inquiry and social discourse, and providing ample resources from the school and community.
Authentic task An assignment given to students designed to assess their ability to apply standard- driven knowledge and skills to real-world challenges In other words, a task we ask students to perform is considered authentic when students are asked to construct their own responses rather than select from ones presented and the task replicates challenges faced in the real world.
Characteristics of AuthenticTasks Traditional Authentic Selecting a Performing a Task Response Real-life Contrived Construction/Appli Recall/Recognition cation Teacher-structured Student-structured Indirect Evidence Direct Evidence
For example: If I were teaching you how to play golf, I would not determine whether you had met my standards by giving you a multiple-choice test. I would put you out on the golf course to "construct your own responses" in the face of real-world challenges. Similarly, in school we are ultimately less interested in how much information students can acquire than how well they can use it. Thus, our most meaningful assessments ask students to perform authentic tasks.
Scenes from the play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTqe aNngLKI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44GK ZrErSFQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD8YF i5LYUw&feature=related
Task: When preparing for a role, actors definitely do their homework. Whether the role is historical or fictional, actors must delve into the script and discover the heart, mind, and soul of a character. In this case the characters are from the Shakespearean play Othello They do this in primarily 3 ways:
1. Textually – extracting all possible information from the Othello. What does the Shakespeare directly say about the character? What do other characters say about a character? What does the character say about themselves?
2. Inferentially – using all textual clues to infer information about a character. What does the Shakespeare imply about the character? What do a character’s actions imply about that character? How do other characters react to a character? What does that imply?
3. Interpretively – adding necessary information that is not textually based, but remains consistent with collected character knowledge. What else does an actor need to know in order to “flesh out” the character? What was the family of the character like? What happened in the past to make him/her act this way? What baggage does the character bring to the scene? What educational background? These questions could go on forever; however, it is important to discern which questions are appropriate and important to ask concerning the character you choose from the book Othello
What you must do Go to any one of the blogs and interact with other students and get there view of the characters http://theshakespeareblog.com/tag/othello/ http://blog.iqmatrix.com/iq-matrix-products/william- shakespeare-othello-mind-map www.shakesphearehelp.com/othello.htm Write a character analysis of your character from the Shakespeare play of Othello. It should cover all 3 aspects of analysis and conform to the course writing standards. Length should be approximately 2-3 pages.
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What makes it an authentictask What make it authentic is the fact that they will need to interact with the text Not only that what they read will not be sufficient so they will be required to actually go out and do research on the characters They would have to physically engage in the task by researching, going to the interactive blogs or even asking questions to there peers to find out what the character was all about.
Conclusion: Whit authentic learning it becomes important to make sure that it becomes child centred and relates to the real world. Now also with authentic tasks what becomes important is that when you give that task you need to make sure that the child can not only relate to the task but also interact with it. The more a child is able to outsource and discover for themselves what they should learn the more they can relate to it. When they are able to see what it is they must do they can learn. Through out the presentation I have shown not only what authentic learning is but also how it can be done and what needs to be incorporated when performing authentic learning.
References: Visible Knowledge Project, http:crossroads.Georgetown.edu/vkp/resources/glossary/a uthenticlearning.htm North Central Regional Education Laboratory, www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/scie nce/sc500.htm Project-Based Learning, www.rmcdenver.com/useguide/pbl.htm The Shakespeare blog, http://theshakespeareblog.com/tag/othello/ blog.iqmatrix, http://blog.iqmatrix.com/iq-matrix-products/william- shakespeare-othello-mind-map
Continued: Homepage of authentic task design run by Reeves, Oliver and Herrington http://www.authentictasks.uow.edu.au/index.html Authentic assessment toolbox http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/index.htm Effects of technology in the classroom http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/EdTech/effectsstudent s.html#improved Jan Herringtons link to 9 videos on authentic learning http://www.youtube.com/user/JanH119/featured Jan Herringtons home page on authentic learning http://web.me.com/janherrington/AuthenticLearning/Home.html