Enhancing 21st Century Learning Skills through Project-based Learning

Inquiry Question: How can coaches support teachers in the effective implementation of project-based learning in a variety of learning environments to enhance 21st-century skills?  In this module of our EDTC 6105 course, the focus has been centered on 21st century learning and how coaches can use their knowledge of those competencies to drive their work with educators. As I reflected on my…

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Rewarding the Process Develops Student Resilience

Yesterday I sat at the piano and played through the whole of Strauss’ Emperor’s Waltz. It’s a beautiful piece when…

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Co-Learning & Collaboration Builds Collegial Experiences

  What would happen if instructional leaders treated the professional learning of our teachers as the most important and engaging project-based lesson we were fortunate to facilitate? What would happen if the accountability of this learning was anchored in the intentional collaboration with colleagues that resulted in authentic learning experiences (ISTE 4a)? If we want… Continue reading Co-Learning & Collaboration Builds Collegial Experiences

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Problem Solving: Computational​ Thinking =The New Critical Thinking

The What of the learning is found within  ISTE Standard 5c as students “break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem- solving”. This leads me to question, how can education systems intentionally teach our students to solve problems *differently* than we were taught? Barr, Harrison,… Continue reading Problem Solving: Computational​ Thinking =The New Critical Thinking

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PBL Meets ELA: A Case Study

Project Based Learning (PBL) is one of the hottest buzzwords in education. The term brings to mind students hard at work researching or creating, groups crafting tangible projects worthy of display during Open House night, and teachers beaming as students take the lead in their own learning. PBL is a goal many teachers aspire to […]

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The Role of the Librarian in Facilitating Project Based Learning Experiences

Overview Being an English teacher, I have had the chance to work closely with my school librarian over my five years of teaching.  I somewhat selfishly… As technology brings changes to the learning environment, this also alters the roles educators play in how they guide students and facilitate learning experiences.  This changing role is particularly […]

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Module 3: Collaboration with Parents, Student Motivation, and Success

Collaboration and Success This week we were looking at the ISTE Standard for Teachers, #3 and specifically it seems to deal with parent communication or collaboration with parents, peers or the community. So based on my interpretation of the standards and conversations we had in our class that led me to two related questions. How … Continue reading “Module 3: Collaboration with Parents, Student Motivation, and Success”

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Soliciting and Providing Feedback through Peer Coaching Experiences

Overview At the start of the quarter, Triggering Question: How can a peer coach effectively self-assess and gather feedback from others in order to grow as a coach and ensure that the feedback is accurate? For my final blog post of the quarter, I chose to combine my exploration of how to best gather and share […]

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Redefining the Writing Process through Digital Instruction, Collaborative Projects and Assessments

Reflection Overview While last semester of SPU’s Digital Education Leadership master’s program focused on ISTE standards for students, this semester has examined ISTE standards for teachers.  So far, we have looked at standard one, to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity, and standard two, to design and develop digital age learning and assessments.  Naturally, these […]

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Using Universal Design to Differentiate Instruction

As part of my recent exploration of peer coaching, I have recently explored what it means to peer coach and what 21st century learning looks like in the classroom. Now, my attention has progressed to think about lesson improvement within the peer coaching process. As previously discussed, effective learning challenges students to shift from simple consumers of information, to […]

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