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  • Classroom Philosophy
  • Just like students – We aren’t going to let you go to work, without modeling, giving you direction, and making a plan. The Thinking Classroom is a book…blah blah blah…. We’ll use these as a guide, with activities along the way. Then, you’ll get to work, thoughtful, planned work.
  • Activity: List words that you hope to have as part of your classroom
  • Show Wordle as an assessment for your blog language – either now or at the end
  • Activity: Identify ways your students exhibit these dispositions.
  • Activity: Complete a Mental Management activity on something.
  • Activity: Identify at each level, a task that your students will work on through your blog.
  • Try not to teach students skills that will involve negative transfer. Don’t teach them exactly how to operate 1 program, teach them global skills – Activity: Identify global skills that students should know.
  • Activity: State your goals for blogging (you’re here for a reason). Brainstorm ideas for your blog. Choose 1 for your hands-on activity.
  • What it’s really all about. School is just one place where learning takes place – but if we can somehow connect the learning that takes place in school, to areas for learning outside of school – we will be that much better off. Love this quote- school is an afterthought.
  • Blogging

    1. 1. Extending Your Classroom Travis Wood Edward Foote TLT Conference 2010: Nazareth College
    2. 2. <ul><li>R U E </li></ul>REAL UNDERLYING ENERGY Are You Ready? Ubiquitous Revolutionary Relevant Everywhere Eclectic Understandable
    3. 3. Woodsters Philosophy <ul><li>Classroom of C ulture </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom of C hoice </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom of C ooperative Learning </li></ul>
    4. 4. A Thinking Classroom <ul><li>6 Dimension of a Culture of Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A language of thinking – terms and concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking dispositions – students’ attitudes, values, and habits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental management – thinking about own thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher order knowledge – problem solving and inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer – application from one context to another </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Spirit – urges students to build and use thinking strategies </li></ul></ul>Jay, E., Perkins, D., Tishman, S. The Thinking Classroom: Learning and Teaching in a Culture of Thinking. Allyn and Bacon, Boston. 1995. p.2-3
    5. 5. Our Blogging Language <ul><li>Opinion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wonder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect </li></ul><ul><li>“ I THINK ____ because </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Illustrate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul>
    6. 7. Our Blogging Dispositions <ul><li>Curious and Questioning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking broadly and adventurously </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reason clearly and carefully </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize one’s thinking thoughtfully </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give thinking time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Jay, E., Perkins, D., Tishman, S. The Thinking Classroom: Learning and Teaching in a Culture of Thinking. Allyn and Bacon, Boston. 1995. p.41-42
    7. 8. Our Blogging Mental Management <ul><li>Reflection (metacognition) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Pre- / During- /Post- Mental Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw it out - </li></ul></ul>Jay, E., Perkins, D., Tishman, S. The Thinking Classroom: Learning and Teaching in a Culture of Thinking. Allyn and Bacon, Boston. 1995. p.67-68. 1 2 3 4
    8. 9. Our Blogging Higher Order Thinking <ul><li>Problem-Solving Level </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence Level </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry Level </li></ul>New Blooms Taxonomy (revised) Old Blooms Taxonomy Jay, E., Perkins, D., Tishman, S. The Thinking Classroom: Learning and Teaching in a Culture of Thinking. Allyn and Bacon, Boston. 1995. p.128-129
    9. 10. Our Blogging Transfer <ul><li>“ Near” Transfer – you can drive a car, you can drive a truck. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Far” Transfer – expert at chess uses same principles to master business </li></ul><ul><li>“ Positive” Transfer – yield positive results (business example) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Negative” Transfer – old habits negatively effect (driving in US then driving in a foreign country </li></ul>
    10. 11. Our Blogging Strategic Spirit <ul><li>Steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State your goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Payoffs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not directionless thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engages students in subject matter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fosters independent thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applies to real-life </li></ul></ul>Jay, E., Perkins, D., Tishman, S. The Thinking Classroom: Learning and Teaching in a Culture of Thinking. Allyn and Bacon, Boston. 1995. p.100.
    11. 12. Gee, James P. What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. Palgrave MacMIllan. 2003. pg. 7
    12. 13. Play with Woodsters Blog <ul><ul><li>Take 20 min – Look around, hit the bathroom, make some phone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to apply some of our principles, look for our philosophies – Rate us! How are we doing? </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Hands-on <ul><li>What’s your purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress.com or other sites </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account (or login if you have one) </li></ul><ul><li>Design it! Use our philosophies to thoughtfully make decisions on layout, color scheme, etc. What are you going for? </li></ul><ul><li>When you’re ready: 1) Make an “About You” 2)Create your 1 st Blogging Activity </li></ul>
    14. 15. Tips <ul><li>Topics to post about (your ideas, not ours) </li></ul><ul><li>When all “HE “ breaks loose (what would you do? (or what have you done?) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    15. 16. Contact Us <ul><li>Stay in Touch! </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://woodsters.blog.fairport.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] , [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>edward.foote , mrfootesclass </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>travis.wood, woodsters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Chat: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gchat: [email_address] , twood@fairport.org </li></ul></ul></ul>

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