Lesson planning is hard. Sometimes we struggle with just learning the tools and fail at actually creating a meaningful learning experience for students.
A Guest Post by Barton Keeler I am not an expert in close reading but have tried a variety of methods and approaches. What I discovered is that when I have a great essential question everything goes well – kids are engaged, they’re diving deep and thinking creatively. In fact, if my question is good enough I don’t need much… Read More »The Key to Close Reading
Homework ≠ College Prep Guest Blog Post By Marcia Carrillo @MarciaMentor “I give homework to my students to prepare them for college” is a common statement made by teachers that I work with and throughout the country. According to Bill Gates’ Blog, (cnbc.com) 2 million American students started college in the fall and “Based on the latest college completion trends, only… Read More »Homework Did NOT Prepare My Daughter for College! by @MarciaMentor
Are the Students Learning or Is the Teacher? A Guest Post by Erin Whalen I have had the privilege of hearing Alice speak several times now, and while I have learned a LOT from her, there is one particular phrase that has really made me stop and think about my own practices. It’s sort of a gut check; the type… Read More »Who’s Doing the Learning?
Kids Do Love Fractions I’m a troublemaker and have started giving busting out math problems at dinner when I’m over at someone’s house or if my kids bring friends over for dinner. Whoa to you if you say to me “I’m not good at math” or “I don’t like fractions.” OF COURSE YOU ARE GOOD AT MATH! What a shame… Read More »Open Middle: Equivalent Fractions Activity
Helping Students Make the Leap from Inquiry to Creativity Guest Post: Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad is a speaker and author (Everyday Instructional Coaching: 7 Daily Drivers to support Teacher Effectiveness). He is the Chief Education Officer at WeVideo and is a former teacher, vice principal, professor, district curriculum and instruction director, and education supervisor at NASA. Follow him on Twitter (@drlangraad).… Read More »Moving from Inquiry to Creativity
What is the Quality of Learning? One thing I am so grateful for is learning about DOK (Depth of Knowledge.) I did not learn this in my teacher credential program and thus never gave much thought to the depth of learning my students are engaged in. I didn’t question the types of math problems in the textbook or on the… Read More »Before Giving to Students… Critically Analyze
Play Farkle in Google Slides Previously I had blogged on playing Farkle and provided a template in Google Slides and Google Sheets. The Google Sheets spreadsheet had a menu I coded to allow students to roll dice within the spreadsheet. I think using actual dice is better but when we do not have access to dice, it’s a decent alternative.… Read More »Practice Strategic Thinking: Play Farkle
Depth of Knowledge in Mathematics Guest Blog Post by Robert Kaplinksy Take a look at the problem below. It’s based on a fourth-grade standard on comparing fractions. Spend a minute or two thinking about it and then continue below. Directions: Using the digits 1-9, no more than one time each, fill in the boxes to create a fraction as close… Read More »Depth of Knowledge (DOK) in Mathematics
Improve Learning How does G Suite and Google Classroom make learning better? It does not if you are just doing the same old things, digitally. My kid is always complaining about the digital worksheets posted in Google Classroom. They were Word documents (you can still see the docx file extension) that have been converted to Google Docs. NOT MORE ENGAGING. Google… Read More »Slapping it Online Does Not Make it Better
Teaching in 2015 should not look like teaching in 1980. One shift we are looking at when doing modern lesson plans is the level of complexity of the tasks students are doing. Depth of Knowledge (DOK) refers to the level of critical thinking the STUDENT is doing. When looking at lesson plans and tasks it is important to consider the DOK… Read More »Note Taking is DOK 0
I have really enjoyed chatting with teachers on Twitter lately about DOK (Depth of Knowledge) levels. Part of what I teach in my college class to pre-service teachers is DOK levels. We have been tweeting out our learning objectives and discussing what DOK level it is. Sometimes it is really clear what the DOK level is. Learning Objective: Memorize math… Read More »#DOKchat – DOK is Hard Let’s Talk About It
As we move to the Common Core there is a greater focus on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels. The Common Core asks students to engage in higher levels of critical thinking, to research, cite and support their positions. Identifying the DOK level of tasks can be challenging. It can be easy to mistake “difficult” work for being a higher level… Read More »DOK Levels – Students Critically Thinking