“ If we don’t stop and listen to the kids we serve, value their opinions, and make major changes on the basis of the valid suggestions they offer, we will be left in the 21 st century with school buildings to administer—but with students who are mentally or physically somewhere else.” Mark Prensky
In 2007, our school superintendent led school administrators in reading The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman and in studying the research and work of the Partnership for 21 st Century Skills.
Each school administrator presented the Framework for 21 st Century Learning to his/her staff and began discussions about what we were already doing that demonstrated 21 st Century Skills and what steps we needed to take in order to improve.
Formative assessment tool: allows teachers to adjust instruction during a lesson and provide instant feedback based on students’ needs
Excellent way to incorporate standards-based practice into content areas
Engage students in productive preparation for standardized tests
Classroom Response System (Clickers)
Teaching With Clickers… Ways to Use Clickers: Use as a warm-up prior to a class discussion Use instant results from graphs to gauge understanding adjust instruction accordingly Use a wrap-up quiz at the end of a lesson to assess learning
What are the advantages of using clickers? Promotes active participation, engagement, and discussion among all students Provides students with useful and motivational feedback on their own learning Provides teachers with information about student learning to allow them to respond to immediate needs Credit: Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University
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