Lessoncast PD2020

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.

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 Tucker-Smith

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 Tucker-Smith

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 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 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.

    Visualizing

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    Introduction

    Have you ever had a student zone out while reading and wonder to himself, “Where am I? What did I just read?" Well, visualizing can help. It’s a powerful strategy for making mental images while you read.

    Procedure

    To introduce the strategy, explain to students that visualizing is picturing details from the text to increase understanding. Begin with a brief read aloud. Have students close their eyes and picture what’s happening in the reading with as many details as they can. Then have students talk about what they visualized. Then explain that you are going to do a quick sketch of what you visualized. Making your sketch unpolished will help emphasize for your students that they should work quickly and not concern themselves with artistic quality. To build the connection between visual details and higher-level meaning, ask questions to draw out the students’ interpretation of the picture. Then share your interpretation. Model how visual details connect with key concepts and themes. Reinforce how specific details support larger ideas. {Why did I draw this picture? What does it mean? What details are important? What does this show about the subject, character, main idea, theme, etc.?} Next, move to guided practice. Read aloud another passage and allow students to sketch their interpretation while listening. In pairs or groups of three, have students take turns sharing their pictures and having the group members offer their interpretations. Students should not explain their own pictures until all other group members have commented. As a whole group, discuss how visualizing helps them understand the text. {How did visualizing help them understand the text? Did the interpretations vary? How does reading differ when they do not visualize versus when they do?} For independent practice, allow students to sketch while reading and answering comprehension questions. Require students to cite the text to support their answer. You may even ask them to include quotes from the text on their drawings. {What does this description tell us about the character or subject? What type of mood do the visual details create? Based on the visual details, what predictions or inferences can be made?}

    Procedure 2

    Then explain that you are going to do a quick sketch of what you visualized. Making your sketch unpolished will help emphasize for your students that they should work quickly and not concern themselves with artistic quality.

    Procedure 3

    To build the connection between visual details and higher-level meaning, ask questions to draw out the students’ interpretation of the picture. Then share your interpretation. Model how visual details connect with key concepts and themes. Reinforce how specific details support larger ideas. {Why did I draw this picture? What does it mean? What details are important? What does this show about the subject, character, main idea, theme, etc.?}

    Procedure 4

    Next, move to guided practice. Read aloud another passage and allow students to sketch their interpretation while listening. In pairs or groups of three, have students take turns sharing their pictures and having the group members offer their interpretations. Students should not explain their own pictures until all other group members have commented. As a whole group, discuss how visualizing helps them understand the text. {How did visualizing help them understand the text? Did the interpretations vary? How does reading differ when they do not visualize versus when they do?}

    Procedure 5

    For independent practice, allow students to sketch while reading and answering comprehension questions. Require students to cite the text to support their answer. You may even ask them to include quotes from the text on their drawings. {What does this description tell us about the character or subject? What type of mood do the visual details create? Based on the visual details, what predictions or inferences can be made?}

    Differentiation

    Sketch to stretch templates can vary from a blank page to a story strip or sequence chain. Choose the format that best meets the conceptual needs of the lesson. Some students may need portions of the graphic organizer filled in to help them get started.

    Interdisciplinary

    Visualization can aid comprehension in other content areas. For social studies, students can picture historical contexts and make stronger connections. In science, sketching a concept like photosynthesis or diagramming a cell helps students to see how all of the details fit together.

    Closing

    There are many other ways to incorporate visualization, but remember it’s not about drawing a pretty picture. The purpose is to connect words on the page with higher levels of meaning. By creating mental images, students can better comprehend, remember and analyze what they read.

    Attachments

    • Sketch_to_Stretch_Handout.docx View
    • Sequence_StoryStrip_Handout.docx View

    Grades

    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8

    Key Skills

    • Informational Text (Integration of Ideas)
    • Synthesis
    • Literature (Integration of Ideas)
    • Synthesis
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Visualize

    Standards

    • Literacy.RI.4.1
    • Literacy.RI.5.1
    • Literacy.RI.6.1
    • Literacy.RI.7.1
    • Literacy.RI.8.1
    • Literacy.RL.4.7
    • Literacy.RL.5.7
    • Literacy.RL.6.1
    • Literacy.RL.6.7
    • Literacy.RL.7.1
    • Literacy.RL.7.7
    • Literacy.RL.8.1

    Assessments

    How does visualizing help readers understand text? Based on the visual details, what predictions or inferences can be made? What does the visual description show about the subject, character, main idea, theme, etc.?

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