Almost every Sunday I plan my lessons for the week. I try to get them done sooner but they always seem to happen on Sunday - after supper of course! What's nice is that recently I refer to three sections as I plan my week: the Joliet Diocese Technology Standards, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Marzano's Strategies. Many of these sections overlap, which makes it easier for me to incorporate them into my lessons.
Recently the students in 7th grade are completing a project for digital citizenship. This project focuses on the 7 C's of flattening the classroom - I have these words in the front of my room:
The students connect with team members. Connections take place asynchronously as well as synchronously. They try to make the effort to connect.
Once connected,the students use online skills for effective communication with team members.They ask their opinion and advice. They discuss problems and reach solutions together. We stress to the students to communicate often and communicate clearly and responsibly. They use Edmodo and a collaborative wiki.
The students cooperate on building a knowledge base on the wiki share resources and ideas. They work together on improving their working space and cooperate by being active online and on the wiki.
If students do not contribute to the online spaces provided for this project there is no record of communication. This project has students communicating, cooperating and contributing on a daily basis. Students contribute to the wiki by posting comments to the discussion forum and adding content to the wiki page for their specific topic.
The students and their team members must collaborate on the wiki to show a combined effort in developing a knowledgeable page with lots of relevant hyperlinks and references for their topic. To collaborate means to work together to solve a problem. This takes communication and cooperation. Students need to be collaborating with their team, sharing ideas and making suggestions.
This project requires students to create a wiki page as a team. It also requires students to create a presentation to show to their local community.
When the hard work is done students can celebrate their achievements. Part of this celebration is providing reflection and review to partners and reflecting on the many parts of this project. They will have found new friends around the world through online interactions. they will also have made a difference to the world by synthesizing what they have learned into a multimedia event that can be shared globally. That really is worth celebrating!
I also have posters of Bloom's around my room, similar to the ones below:
My plan is not only to apply what I've learned into my lesson plans, but to share with my colleagues. We participate in many global projects in almost every grade. I meet with the teachers, we plan, and then we participate in the project with our students. During our planning, I need to point out the strategies we are hitting with these projects. That not only justifies what we are doing (if we are hitting many), but it gives them something to share with parents and the community as well.
In the next month, the Kindergarten will be participating in the Building Bridges project, 3rd grade the Week in the Life, 5th and 7th theLandmarks game, 6th the Global Olympic Hero Voicethread project, and 4th grade Mystery Location/Skyping. Using Marzano's and Bloom's strategies will justify how important the projects are for the students in the learning process.