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PBL and Common Core — and Next Generation Science Standards

PBL and Common Core — and Next Generation Science Standards

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Teach21 Unit Plan - This website has an explanation of the fluid mosaic model. - This website is a good interactive site on cell membranes and their functions and is the "Cell Membrane Website." Lesson 5 materials: a computer with Internet capabilities is needed for each student or student pair. Lesson 6 materials for each student: background material for the cell (tag board, Styrofoam sheet, construction paper, etc.); various colored items to make the cell organelles: pipe cleaners cut in pieces, pom poms, stars, stickers, macaroni or other pasta, and other small objects as available; glue and/or tape; labels or pieces of paper to make labels; scissors

Creative Thinking VALUE Rubric Creative Thinking VALUE Rubric The VALUE rubrics were developed by teams of faculty experts representing colleges and universities across the United States through a process that examined many existing campus rubrics and related documents for each learning outcome and incorporated additional feedback from faculty. The rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for each learning outcome, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment. The rubrics are intended for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning, not for grading. The core expectations articulated in all 16 of the VALUE rubrics can and should be translated into the language of individual campuses, disciplines, and even courses. The Creative Thinking VALUE Rubric is available at no cost via AAC&U's Shopping Cart (link below):

Inquiry Based Learning What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolutions to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge.

PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work! It's never too late to address this subject. Yes, many of us are gearing down from (or gearing up for) the epic standardized testing season, enjoying the freedom, released from the many pressures that come with the tests. However, these tests will keep happening. Whether a yearly course assessment, a six-week benchmark exam or a state-level competency test, teachers and students are inundated with testing. Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning I wrote a blog about one of the pitfalls of personalization for the ASCD Whole Child Blog. Specifically, that pitfall is the lack of engagement. With all the focus on personalization through time, pacing, and place, it can be easy to forget about the importance of engagement. No matter where students learn, when they learn, and the timing of the learning, engagement drives them to learn. When we factor all the pieces of personalization together, we can truly meet students where they are and set them on a path of learning that truly meets their needs and desires.

Template Why create lesson plans? Teachers create lesson plans to serve as guides in helping students achieve intended learning outcomes. Whether a lesson plan is in a particular format is not as relevant as whether or not the plan actually describes (1) what the teacher expects the student to know, understand and be able to do, (2) how the student will be engaged in the learning, and (3) what evidence the teacher will accept that the student has demonstrated mastery of the identified knowledge, skills and concepts noted. Plans that can be interpreted or implemented in many different ways are probably not well-designed lessons. A key component to developing a quality lesson plan is specificity. A well-written lesson plan contains a set of elements that are descriptive in process.

HFLI Rubric Welcome to the page hosting assessment prototypes created by the Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI). These rubrics are primarily created for high school and junior high students. Please check them out and give feedback! email adamroyalty at dschool.stanford.edu Rubrics Stormwater Curriculum Units - Sustainability Ambassadors Tahoma School District - Sustainability Education Curriculum Units The Tahoma School District has developed stormwater related curriculum units at multiple grade levels. These units are available for free digital download on the Tahoma School District website. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind.

Turn Your Classroom into a Workshop to Engage Learners If you think a classroom bereft of traditional tools like homework, bell work, worksheets and even grades sounds intriguing, you are ready to convert your classroom into a workshop setting, where learning will really soar. Say Goodbye to Order Order means control. There is no room for control in a dynamic workshop setting. Inquiry Based Science Lesson Plans Exemplars inquiry-based investigations provide teachers and administrators with a way of teaching and assessing science-process and communication skills. Our performance tasks are classroom tested and can be used for assessment, instruction and/or professional development. Investigations have been reviewed and approved by NSTA Recommends. Science material features: Truly, open-ended performance tasks that encourage students to communicate their thinkingStandards-based rubrics that focus on science processes and communicationAnnotated anchor papers that accompany each investigationTeaching notes to guide instruction and assessmentAlignments to NGSS, state, national (STEM, AAAS and NRC) and provincial standards, as well as leading science kits and literature links

LID Manual for Schools - Sustainability Ambassadors LID Technical Assistance for Student Engineers Sustainability Ambassadors created the Stormwater Master Campus Planning Manual for schools as a curriculum-based engineering, science and policy guide for how to construct and maintain green infrastructure and other Low Impact Develop techniques on school property. It was developed in collaboration with Cascade Design Collaborative with Funding support from the Tahoma School District and the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Adapted from the LID Technical Guidance Manual for Puget Sound developed by the WSU Puyallup Stormwater Research Center and the Puget Sound Partnership, the manual is designed in modular units for replication in other cities and school districts.

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