Bennett County Professional Learning
December 11, 2017
- Tested and Proven Projects
- PBL Research to Support its Positive Impact on Student Achievement
- Discussion of Projects tried thus far and the results.
- Determine team projects
- Discuss process of preparing for the school PBL
- What have you already been doing? What has worked and what is still a struggle?
- Josh's Assistance with Menus and Choice Boards
- Choice Boards
- Math Flexible Curriculum Matrix
- Viewing the Matrix Example
- Creating a Choice board using the Evolution Matrix
- Time to create a choice board for the next unit.
- Reflection on the work in the Bennett Folder
- Competency Based Learning
October 10, 2017
What does authentic learning look like?
Authentic Learning topics:
- Project Based Learning
- Objective Development – Student Project Development
What does authentic learning look like? Chalk Talk - small group, whole group
Authentic Learning Topics - Project Based Learning
- Authentic Learning- Steve Revington
- Five Keys to Rigorous Project Based Learning
- Essential Project Design Elements
- PBL Team Planning Guide
- Chart Paper Activity
- Student Interests
- Concepts and Issues Relevant to Bennett County Students
- Essential questions related to Interests, concepts, and Issues
- Driving Question: How to develop these questions
- Potential Subject Areas
Explore the following Project Based Learning project resources. Select one that interests you and use the Essential Project Design Checklist to evaluate the project. Be prepared to share with your table.
- Sample: Harrisburg South Trying to Help Clean Oceans
- BIE: Existing Project Search Function
- BIE: PBLU
- BIE: Planning forms and sample projects
- Edutopia Project Learning: Models
- Life Practice PBL Cards (free sample cards)
- Essential Project Design Checklist (pdf)
Google Drive Examples:
- English: Seminar: From Fiction to Facts of Life | Project: “Free” to Explore the World?
- Biology: Seminar: Formation of Polymers | Project: What is SAD About Your Food
- Algebra:Seminar: Graphing Linear Equations | Project: Airline Travel
- Nonfiction Literature: Seminar: Boko Haram | Project: Human Rights
- Elem ELA: Seminar Say’s Who? Point of View | Analyzing Point of View in the Media
- ELEM SS: Seminar: Regions, What Holds Them Together? | Project: GPS - Can We Trust It?
Planning the Hook
Do: Fill out Hook in the Collaborative Planning Guide
Next Steps: Planning Document Initiation (calendar/project design guide)
- Calendar Planning Document (pdf)
- Project design overview planning guide (pdf)
- Student Handouts
- Teacher PBL Rubric
- Student PBL Rubrics
What If........ students developed their own projects based on objectives you set before them?
Project Based Learning books in TIE Reads!
May 23, 2017
Implementer/Structural Rebuild Meeting
- Curriculum Redesign Event
- Maine National Summit
Revisit our Year and Plan for Next Year
- Work Plan
- What goals did we meet and what need more work in the coming year?
- Which Weight Bearing Walls shall we focus on?
- Topics to help with your goal setting
- Learner Agency - What can this do to promote change in our students?
- Evolution Matrices - How might these matrices play a role with flexible curriculum, choice, and pace?
- Mastery Learning - Is this a direction we need to move or are we already there?
- Assessment/Grading Practices - Some food for thought
- 2017-2018 Work Plan
Mastery Learning and Grading Practices
Mastery is.... My students are literate in my subject when they........
- Rick Wormeli - Defining Mastery
- PDF - Read pages 10-12
- What are teachers in the Field saying about Mastery and Assessment?
- What is Bennett County's definition of mastery?
- PDF - Read pages 13-17
- A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts
- Mastery Transcript Consortium
Focus on Marking and Grading Practices
- Fish Bowl - Grading Practices
- What are points that made you cringe and why?
- What are points that made you hopeful and why?
- How can this work in Bennett?
- Article walkthrough
- What does Bennett want to change in their grading practices?
Oct 7, 2016
Examine current status: what's working, what's not
- Khan Academy
- Symbaloo Lesson Plans
August 19, 2016
In what areas do you think we have a fixed mindset? or growth mindset?
Collaborative Reflection document
- Do we as a society believe in a growth mindset? Why or why not?
- Is this what we were taught? Or how we were taught?
- For some of us, this is a challenging concept to believe in. Why?
How do we praise our students?
Formative Assessment with Google Forms
March 4, 2016
Examine Parent Data
First look at Weight-bearing Wall barrier process
1) What could you do (different from current practice) if the barrier is no longer in the way?
2) Identify barriers that prevent you from doing this today.
3) What ways could you reduce/eliminate barrier?
II. What Is Competency Education?
A. Understanding Competency Education
B. Why Do Educators Turn to Competency Education?
III. Ramping Up for Transformation
A. Investing in Shared Leadership
1. Distributing Leadership
2. Creating a Culture of Learning
3. Empowering Others
B. Constructing a Shared Journey of Inquiry
C. Creating Shared Vision and Shared Ownership
1. Engaging the Community
2. Creating the Shared Purpose
3. Embedding Student Voice in Governance and Operations
IV. Designing the Infrastructure for Learning
A.Investing in Student Agency
1.Enabling Agency through Transparency
2. Creating Classroom Structures that Enable Student Agency
B. Clarifying the Overall Pedagogical Approach
C. Configuring the Instruction and Assessment Model
1. Establishing Overarching Competencies and Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements
2. Constructing a Common Language of Learning
a. Knowledge Taxonomy: How do you know the depth of learning and that students are developing high order skills?
b. Structure and Characteristics: What are the units of learning and how are they organized?
c. Developing a Continuum of Learning: How will content be organized within the structure?
d. Rubrics and Calibration: How will you know students are learning and what they need to reach proficiency?
e. Habits of Learning: What are the skills students need to manage their own learning, and how are they developed?
D. Forging Policies and Operating Procedures for Personalization
1. Student Agency
2. Levels, Pace, and Progress
3. Not Yet Proficient
4. Advancing Upon Mastery
E. Empowering Teachers
1. Strong Professional Learning Communities
2. Aligned Human Resources System
a. Hiring and Orientation
b. Professional Development
d. Autonomy and Creativity
V. Transitioning to a Competency-Based System
A. Preparing for the Leadership Lifts
B. Selecting a Rollout Strategy
C. Preparing Teachers for Personalized Classrooms
D. Planning for Leveling and Parent Conversations
E. Making Mid-Course Corrections
F. Refining the Instructional Model and Enhancing the Instructional Cycle
G. Preparing for the Implementation Dip
VI. Embracing Continuous Improvement and Innovation
A. Improving Performance and Personalization through Powerful Data
B. Addressing the Needs of Struggling Students
C. Revisiting Shared Vision and Instructional Model
D. Staying the Course
VII. Concluding Comments
March 3 2016
- important frameset for further work
- inevitable too - Chapter 2
- Flex Grouping Reflection
What does CL Look Like?
What CL is NOT...
Discussion: first steps to CL
- Effective Grading Practices in the Middle School and High School Environments
- did not use :5 Myths About Mastery-Based Learning
- Self Assessment on Grading
did not use: Rick Wormli - Defining Mastery
- Assessment Reflection