It takes a certain amount of experimentation with making videos for a class before the varied uses of videos as a tool begin to present themselves. As with any good tool, instructional videos can accomplish many things. They can be used to differentiate instruction, remediate, provide feedback, and a great deal more. Of course, as modeling is one of the best ways to share, an instructional video series seemed like a good choice for this post. Up first, a short overview of how videos can be used, how they are made, and where they can be posted. This is a thousand-foot view; the rest of the video series gets into the details.
This post brought to you by Nick Truxal, Instructional Coach at Mayo High School
Changing to an inquiry driven classroom that allows for student choice in learning seems like a daunting, even frightening, proposition for teachers. I admit, I have not gone so far as to allow students to stray off the path that is “predetermined” by our curriculum. Many teachers fear that if activities are too open ended and prone to failure then the students will fall behind their peers in their respective course and enter the next class in their educational progression behind their classmates. Some teachers also fear that classroom routine and discipline could be adversely affected when students are allowed to find their own way to answer a complex question. I propose that your first throw at this be analogous to bowling with bumpers in that you control how far off track students can stray before your direction pushes them back down the curricular lane.
Here are a few ways in which you might allow students to inquire about a topic with guidance alongside.
Use the guidelines listed above in place and then dive into inquiry based activities. With proper planning, inquiry based learning can transform your classroom to a more student centered, activity based environment that is fun for students and teachers alike.
This post brought to you by Dan Devine, Secondary Implementation Associate
CTECH, the Career and Technical Education Center at Heintz, opened its doors to students on Wednesday September 7, 2016. This day was filled with enthusiasm from our staff and our students. CTECH is unlike other Career and Technical Education Centers as the pathways were intentionally selected by our community to meet our workforce needs. As educators and vested members of Rochester, MN we are eager to see the opportunities for our Rochester Public School students unfold as they begin coursework in the unique setting at CTECH.
The CTECH facility is home to a commercial kitchen, a manufacturing shop, a training center for Certified Nursing Assistance (CNA), and a science lab for Agriculture and Health Sciences. Students participating in courses at CTECH are enrolled in one of seven career pathways: Agriculture, Construction, Engineering, Health and Bio Medical Science, Hospitality, Information Technology, or Manufacturing.
CTECH is a place for all learners. CTECH will highlight the career and educational opportunities within the seven career pathways through hands-on learning in an engaging setting. Students will be learning in venues that are similar to what they would experience in a workplace or post-secondary institution. Each pathway has courses that have been designed in collaboration with educators, industry, and business partners alike. There are career options for students who wish to further their education beyond high school: they have a solid start to pursue certifications, an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, or a professional degree and beyond. Additionally, each pathway has career opportunities for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.
The experience students have at CTECH will prepare them for a professional and academic setting. We will see the impact of CTECH within our community as we prepare and grow our workforce, one student at a time.
This post brought to you by Erin Broviak, APOSA overseeing Career and Technical Education
The beginning of the school year can be a daunting time for all students, but especially for English Learners. English Learners (ELs) are learning the routines, procedures, and tasks of a new school year while also learning a new language. Here are a few tips to get your ELs off to a great start of the year.
Additionally, linked below are two articles that provide more great information to help you get your ELs off to a great school year!
This post brought to you by Katie Miller, K-12 EL Implementation Associate
One of the best ways to begin the school year is to gather some meaningful information about your students. This can help you set up your classroom, avoid power struggles, and build strong relationships.
Here are some questions that will give you meaningful information about your students :
One idea might be to begin each day with a quick write about one of these questions. You can pick three or four students each day to read and respond to either in writing or, better yet, right on the spot. The most important part of these questions is to listen to the student responses and consider them as you plan your lessons.
Often, the best source of data is sitting right in front of us.
Ideas inspired by Elena Aguilar’s blog on Edutopia
This post brought to you by Heather Willman, APOSA overseeing Secondary Curriculum and Instructional Coaching
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