Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith
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.
While the course opens on December 9 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after December 9, 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.
Teacher Roles in Personalized Learning
Instructor: Nicole Tucker-Smith
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 January 6 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace. If you register after January 6, 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.
Guess My Rule GeometryShow Featured Courses
One of the simplest, and yet deepest, ways to explore geometric properties is through an activity called Guess My Rule. Students describe, analyze, compare and classify two-dimensional objects and explain their reasoning.
Begin by putting three or four polygons that follow a certain rule inside a circle and a few that do not follow the rule outside of the circle. Introduce a new shape and ask, "Where does this shape belong, inside or outside of the circle?" With this example, some students might guess that the new shape belongs on the outside with the other triangles. But when the teacher moves it to the inside, the students have to find a different rule that would apply. Consider repeating the process with additional shapes and then have the students induce the rule. In this case, each shape must have at lease one right angle. In preparing for this activity, consider how geometric properties may be used to classify figures. Students can use side length to classify triangles (equilateral, isosceles, scalene) and angle size (acute, right, or obtuse). Students can examine the number of sides, side length, and if the sides are parallel or perpendicular. Emphasize using mathematical vocabulary during this activity.
Consider multiple means of Representation: Use a placemat and actual shapes (instead of just pictures) so students can employ a tactile approach. This activity can also be represented through digital media by inserting shapes in PowerPoint. Provide multiple means for Action and Expression: In addition to using multiple tools for sorting the shapes, provide multiple means for explaining the rule (e.g., verbally or in written form). Students can draw another shape that fits the rule. You may also scaffold by providing four potential rules and having students select a choice and explain their reasoning. Provide multiple means of Engagement: Differentiate the level of perceived challenge. For example, The rule can be simple or complicated by employing multiple geometric properties and cross classification. For example, can you guess this rule? The shapes must have at least 2 acute angles and no parallel lines. Students can also create their own Guess My Rule challenges and their creations can supply a classroom center.
With Guess My Rule, students develop explicit awareness of the concepts they've been developing and they use mathematical vocabulary to explain their reasoning. It's an engaging way to build problem solving perseverance and deepen understanding of geometric properties.
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- Attributes of Shapes
- Categories Of Shapes
- Mathematical Practice
- construct viable arguments
How would you determine whether or not a shape belongs? (using geometric properties: angle size, perpendicularity, parallelism)