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.

    Guess My Rule Geometry

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    Author: Dan Suciu
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    Introduction

    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.

    Procedure

    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.

    Procedure 2

    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.

    Procedure 3

    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 for polygons, side length, and if the sides are parallel or perpendicular. Emphasize using mathematical vocabulary during this activity.

    Representation

    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.

    Action And Expression

    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.

    Differentiation

    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.

    Closing

    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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    Grades

    • 4

    Key Skills

    • Geometry
    • Angle
    • Attributes of Shapes
    • Categories Of Shapes
    • Triangle
    • Mathematical Practice
    • construct viable arguments

    Standards

    • Math.4.G.2
    • Math.MP.1
    • Math.MP.3

    Assessments

    How would you determine whether or not a shape belongs? (using geometric properties: angle size, perpendicularity, parallelism)

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