Lessoncast PD2020

Instructor: Nicole

Lessoncast PD2020 is a self-paced online course for teachers and leaders of professional learning communities. This course provides access to the same lessoncast creation tools and coaching offered to our concierge consulting clients including major universities, districts, and state departments of education. The overarching goal is to help participants create and publish professional learning resources tailored to meet their learning community’s needs.

Commitment? ~15 hours of effort over 8 weeks
Format? Lecture? What Lecture? Expect quick, scaffolded, and chunked bits of insight and direction for you to immediately put into practice.

You may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. Your 8 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

Craft a lessoncast to address a specific professional learning challenge in order to support student learning needs.

Share the lessoncast with peers and incorporate feedback to improve the effectiveness of communicating a new instructional idea.

Publish the lessoncast(s) to support ongoing professional development in your learning community.

Literacy Strategies

Instructor: Nicole

The Common Core Literacy Standards emphasize an increase in informational texts, text complexity, citing evidence, and academic vocabulary. This course examines six strategies proven to support students in developing these literacy concepts and skills across grade levels.

Course participants will learn the fundamentals of each strategy and be able to apply them in their educational setting. Beginning with a set of starter lessoncasts, participants will be able to customize the multimedia resources to address the specific needs of their learning community. By the end to the course, participants will have a bank of customizable resources demonstrating how to immediately implement the strategies.

While the course opens on June 5 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after June 5, your 8 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

View the fundamentals of six literacy strategies proven to improve student comprehension.

Customize lessoncast resources to address the specific needs of your learning community.

Apply Common Core literacy strategies in your educational setting.

Build a bank of tailored resources demonstrating how to immediately implement literacy strategies to improve student learning.

Personalized Learning in Action

Instructor: Nicole

The purpose of this course is to explore practical methods for personalizing learning in today’s classrooms. It’s not a series of lectures with background information and theory about personalized learning. (To learn more about foundational research, enroll in the Lessoncast Course: Teacher Roles in Personalized Learning).

This course is about taking that theory and putting it into action. Within the first half of the course, you will have the tools to immediately pilot personalized learning experiences in your classroom. By the end of the course, participants will have customized resources to support scaled implementation and full integration for your learning community.

While the course opens on June 5 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after June 5, your 12 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

Consider standards, data, students’ needs and strengths to design personalized learning experiences to achieve learning goals.

Curate, create, and tailor resources to support implementation of personalized learning experiences.

Pilot classroom implementation of personalized learning experiences and review resulting student data to make adjustments.

Tailor curriculum mapping resources and effective implementation lookfors to support longterm instructional practices.

Teacher Roles in Personalized Learning

Instructor: Nicole

True implementation of personalized learning in schools requires a shift in the roles of educators and a shift in educator professional learning. This course examines the evolving role of teachers incorporating personalized learning experiences in the classroom. Taking a close look at what personalized learning is and isn’t, participants create resources to support teacher roles as facilitator, assessor, instructional designer, content curator, coach, and advisor, and family-school collaborator.

Lessoncast believes in personalized professional learning. Several modules have assignment options. Participants may choose between the assignments according to which one is more applicable for implementing personalization in their learning environment. Some participants may create lessoncasts while others may build on resources already created to support putting new personalized learning methods into practice in their classroom.

While the course opens on July 21 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after July 21, your 12 weeks will begin upon registration. During that time, you will have access to course content and lessoncast creation tools.

Define personalized learning and identify key characteristics for effective implementation.

Recognize the shifting roles of teachers in personalized learning environments and reflect on their current level of comfort and expertise.

Design resources to support assessment, instructional design, facilitation, coaching, and family-school collaboration in a personalized learning environment.

Develop and implement the personal learning plan process.

    CSSR: Understanding Unfamiliar Words

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    Author: Khalid Smith
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    Introduction

    One of the best ways to build vocabulary is by reading. But independent reading only helps students acquire new vocabulary if when reading they are able to figure out the words they don’t know. CSSR is a strategy to help students decipher unfamiliar words.

    Procedure

    When introducing this strategy explain to students that when reading a text there are multiple clues to help us understand the meaning of a word that we don’t know. We can look at the context, the word’s structure, and how it sounds. The first clue is context, the words around the word we don’t know. When examining context, reread the sentence. Appositives are especially helpful. An appositive is a word or phrase immediately following the word it describes. Use clues like this to help you figure out the unfamiliar word. If the single sentence doesn’t provide enough clues. Then reread the sentence before and after. Think about the situation in which the word is being used. You may need to skim the paragraph for additional clues. Next, the first S stands for structure. Does the word look like any other words you know? Can you break the word into parts? Look for familiar prefixes, roots, and suffixes. Does any part of the word look like a word you know? The second S stands for sound. Say the word to yourself. Does it sound like any other words you know? Do any of the word parts sound familiar to you? The R in CSSR stands for resource. If all else fails, you may need to use a resource like a dictionary or a person with a larger vocabulary to help you. When using a dictionary, remember to consider the context in which the word is being used. Many words in English have multiple meanings. Find the meaning that best fits the context.

    Procedure2

    The first clue is context, the words around the word we don’t know. When examining context, reread the sentence. Appositives are especially helpful. An appositive is a word or phrase immediately following the word it describes and it's usually set off by commas. Use clues like this to help you figure out the unfamiliar word. If the single sentence doesn’t provide enough clues. Then reread the sentence before and after. Think about the situation in which the word is being used. You may need to skim the paragraph for additional clues.

    Procedure3

    Next, the first S stands for structure. Does the word look like any other words you know? Can you break the word into parts? Look for familiar prefixes, roots, and suffixes. Does any part of the word look like a word you know?

    Procedure4

    The second S stands for sound. Say the word to yourself. Does it sound like any other words you know? Do any of the word parts sound familiar to you?

    Procedure5

    The R in CSSR stands for resource. If all else fails, you may need to use a resource like a dictionary or a person with a larger vocabulary to help you. When using a dictionary, remember to consider the context in which the word is being used. Many words in English have multiple meanings. Find the meaning that best fits the context.

    SatellitesProcedure6

    Ask the students to read a passage and circle the words that they don't know. Advanced students often don't circle words that they've heard before but can't explain. Make a list of words that may fit this category and ask students to explain what this word mean to another student. If they can't. Have them write it down as a word that they don't understand.

    Closing

    CSSR works for different types of text across content areas and for all reading levels. Help students become more strategic independent readers with this strategy for unlocking the meaning of unfamiliar words.

    Attachments

    Grades

    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8

    Key Skills

    • Vocabulary
    • Context Clues
    • Morphology
    • Resources
    • Word Meaning

    Standards

    • Literacy.L.5.4
    • Literacy.L.6.4
    • Literacy.L.7.4
    • Literacy.L.8.4
    • Literacy.RH.6-8.4
    • Literacy.RI.5.4
    • Literacy.RI.6.4
    • Literacy.RI.7.4
    • Literacy.RI.8.4
    • Literacy.RL.5.4
    • Literacy.RL.6.4
    • Literacy.RL.7.4
    • Literacy.RL.8.4
    • Literacy.RST.6-8.4

    Assessments

    What context clues can I use to help me understand the meaning of this unfamiliar word? What other words have a similar structure to this word? How can I use what I know about other words that look or sound similar to help me understand this unfamiliar word?

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