Saturday, February 27, 2010

Summarizing & Note Taking II

Amelia Elementary teachers respond via wallwisher to our Summarizing & Note Taking module at Friday's professional learning day.

As promised, here are the Summarizing & Note Taking links from the Voice Thread, and more:

Copy/Paste by Peter Pappas 
Pappas on Summarizing & Note Taking
Pappas on Taxonomy of Reflection

Robert Marzano Free Resources
Robert Marzano Meta-Analysis Database

Cornell note taking template

On Doodling here on TLC: Teaching. Learning. Community.

Janet Allen's Tools for Teaching Content Literacy (flip book)

We look forward to hearing your ideas about using these strategies in your classroom.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Summarizing & Note Taking I

Making Thinking Visible

We can maximize our chances of making difficult content sticky if we broaden our definition of note taking.

Summarizing & Note Taking is one of Robert Marzano's high yield instructional strategies, with benefits for students of all ages and for all kinds of content (I like to say "from Kindergarten to Calculus").

Learn about this and more as you listen to the Voice Thread we created for West Clermont's February 26 Professional Learning Day to align with the Ohio Improvement Process and our school improvement plans.

Full screen version, click here.

With thanks to Superintendent Gary Brooks for the introduction and to education consultant Peter Pappas for adding comments to the Voice Thread. Pappas will be working with teachers and administrators in September 2010.

For links, click here.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It Felt Like Learning to Me

Amelia Elementary Principal Stephanie Walker shares her blog project.

     Recently, I was working on a project and became "stuck." I was trying to create a new blog site and  couldn't seem to move forward. My work seemed only mediocre and I quickly became frustrated.

     Then a colleague shared her blog project with me. We collaborated... we talked about what was working and what was not. We problem-solved and created new ways of thinking about our projects...we shared our brains!

     Before I knew it I was ready to move forward again. I was motivated with new ideas and my frustration had disappeared!

     Collaboration is not only important for educators, but for students too. All students can benefit from collaboration with a peer on class work, assignments, etc.

    Take it from me... collaborating with a peer or colleague is not "copying" or "cheating." In fact, it felt a whole lot like learning to me!

Don't forget to share your brain...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shift Happens

     Shift happens... in fact, it already has. Try to find a pay phone, a typewriter, a transitor radio. They have virtually disappeared from our cultural landscape. Ready or not... the digital future is here.

     This means students coming to our schools today are digital natives. They have never known life without cell phones, video games, instant messaging, etc. In fact, this constant bombardment of digital information is what Ian Jukes refers to as "InfoWhelm."

     According to Jukes, constant exposure to InfoWhelm has resulted in a different kind of learner. Quite simply, kids are wired differently. While we tend to process information in a linear, sequential manner, today's students are "hyper-linked." They are parallel processors and multi-taskers... they can listen to their iPod, text message a friend and watch a video, all while doing homework. They prefer to process pictures, sounds, video and color before text. They prefer instant gratification and immediate rewards.

     As a result, schools are not always friendly places for these digital natives. Instead of being allowed to access information quickly from multiple sources, students are often subjected to a slow and controlled release of information. They are expected to gain information from pages and pages of text without picture, sound or video. Or they are expected to work independently, without the benefits of networking .

     Yes, basic skills are still imporant. They form the building blocks for higher learning. But they are no longer enough. Unfortunately, many schools are not ready to address the unique needs of this digitial generation. In a way these schools are like the wall of obsolete telephones... watching in silence while shift happens.

     If you would like to learn why basic skills like literacy are not enough, click here to read Ian Juke's 21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age.

Cheryl (a digital immigrant)