“Learning as active, socially-mediated construction of knowledge in school, home, community, and work settings. What is learned, how it is taught and learned, and what learners bring to the setting.”
Major Assignments: 3x3x3 Videos, Dream IT Proposal
During the face to face sessions, we read selections of Daniel T. Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School. Below are the two videos made by my team summarizing our assigned chapters.
Chapter 5: Is Drilling Worth It?
The major assignment for CEP 800 was the Dream IT proposal. In this project I was asked to design a technology-based plan to transform my students.
Brief Project Description:
I work at a very well resourced school but many students are extremely overscheduled. Sometimes this even results in severe lack of sleep. When students are given the freedom to select any topic that they would like to for independent research topics, many of them struggle with taking a risk and they just make safe picks.
For this proposal I will design a unit for my school’s pastoral care curriculum that helps students learn about how they can balance their use of free time and how they can make better choices with about sleep. Hopefully that would also enable students to advocate for themselves. The goal is not to bring about a specific change in parenting or teaching styles but to help students become more aware of the importance of free time and sleep.
After completing a number of short interactive activities about the topic, I will have students to pursue a subtopic or challenge that interests them and use a blog to show how their thinking develops for parents and classmates to read. I will assess the effectiveness of this unit with a pre and post test questionnaire and supplement that formal mechanism with a number of informal classroom observations and interviews.
Click each section below to find more about how I intend to accomplish this goal.