Facilitating Students Leading Their Own Learning
- Engage students with a task that invites them to grapple with the text or problem of the lesson. They use questions, graphics, video, artifacts or hands-on experience to connect students with the big idea or concept addressed in the classroom.
- Describe next steps in the learning to orient students in the project or series of lessons and to provide the big picture for their learning.
- Introduce a brand new skill or routine using demonstrations, think-alouds, role plays, or Fishbowls to show what meeting the learning target looks like.
Interactive Lesson Plan Formats
+ Open source document that allows you to make a copy and then organize tasks (daily, weekly, etc.) into one document
+ For students who have trouble keeping track of their work, consolidating into one document may ensure greater completion and understanding of how tasks support one another
Dynamic Presentation Formats
+ Expandable whiteboard format
+ Provides a options to write/type, record audio, add notes and add clips from the internet
+ Dynamic with lots of options
+ Allows for collaboration between multiple users
Δ Due to the robust nature of this app, it is instruction-heavy. You need lots of space to work and allow participants to build together
Providing Daily Student Choice
+ Open source templates that allow you to offer “choice boards” for differentiation of tasks
+ Several templates lean toward offering 6+ choices, have reformat to limit number of options provided especially for daily, short-term tasks
Making Videos for Mini-Lessons
Using Loom or Screencastify
+ Two simple Chrome/Google friendly platforms that enable you to make videos to explain a concept, body of knowledge, or procedure, narrate assignments, provide verbal feedback for student work, etc.
+ Also can be used for read aloud
+ Record your voice or an embedded video of yourself as you narrate or explain content over the document, image, or series of slides
+ Provide different tools for pointing to or highlighting text/images
See More Tools & Resources
Online Tools for Virtual Project-Based Learning
Checks for Understanding/Formative Assessments