I found this article on the website Education Week and it discussed 21st Century Learning. What makes this particular article unique is it draws upon different credible sources to get an idea of how they are viewing this type of learning. Some of the people that share their opinions are:
Founder and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality
Sarah Brown Wessling
2010 National Teacher of the Year
Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Founder, Classroom 2.0; Social Learning Consultant, Elluminate
Clearly all of these people can be seen as excellent sources for commenting on this subject. They all have strong positions in one way or another within the education community. As a student preparing to go into the classroom, I am more likely to trust what they have to say because they have the experience to back up their points. Really a great article, take a look and feel free to leave some comments on what you thought.
Jackpot! I found a great resource that supplies hundreds of lesson plans that connect to different curriculums! I looked through a few of them and the lesson plans dealing with Language Arts and those were really concise and did follow along with the state curriculum what Maryland uses.
This page is a fantastic resource when trying to better understand Collegial teaching activities. This follows along closely with Cycle 3 and what it discusses!
Some common focus areas include:
- questioning techniques
- giving clear instructions
- managing group discussions
- assessing progress and giving feedback
- monitoring and managing challenging behaviors
- organizing group work or multiple activities and
- managing the materials and resources for complex classroom activities
While this is just a tiny snippet of what this page entails, I highly suggest taking a deeper look because there is so much information available!
How many of you have simply memorized information for an exam or quiz and forgotten the information in a weeks time afterwards? This is why application is so key to classroom teaching because it allows for students to be able to use the information in the future because they have actual understanding rather than temporary understanding!!
When creating lesson plans, it is key to incorporate different skills in which students will be able to use outside of the classroom as well as throughout the lesson. This website that I found discusses all of the different definitions, tips, and frameworks for incorporating 21st century skills into your projects and lessons. Take a look at this website, it is a fantastic resource!!