- Significant Content – At its core, the project focuses on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of the academic subject.
- 21st century competencies – Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and communication, and creativity/innovation, which are taught and assessed.
- In-Depth Inquiry – Students are engaged in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.
- Driving Question – Project work is focused by an open-ended question that students understand and find intriguing,l which captures their task or frames their exploration.
- Need to Know – Students see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts, and apply skills in order to answer the Driving Question and create project products, beginning with an Entry Event that generates interest and curiosity.
- Voice and Choice – Students are allowed to make some choices about the products to be created, how they work, and how they use their time, guided by the teacher and depending on age level and PBL experience.
- Revision and Reflection – The project includes processes for students to use feedback to consider additions and changes that lead to high-quality products, and think about what and how they are learning.
- Public Audience – Students present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher.
I think it’s intriguing, and of course, it will take lots of work and training, but how powerful would this be for our children. Something to think about. Visit the Buck Institute’s website. Also, Patrick Shaw is a PBL trainer for OCM BOCES. Check out the archived PBL and Responsive Classroom newsletters here. Patrick also developed OCM RC and PBL Facebook pages you should all ask to join!
- Bus Duty for Mar 10 – Mar 21 Team 3: Jessica Serviss and Teresa Kiechle. Upcoming bus duty: Mar. 24 – Apr. 4 Team 4: Jennifer Prevost, Marci Woods, Kathy Buell
- I will be sending out the updates of special switches for the ELA tests on April 1,2,3. Look for an email soon.
- DWIS is on Monday at West Side.
- Our Spelling Bee is Wednesday morning. Thanks Paula!
- We are going to try and do the pie in the face assembly on Thursday in the afternoon at the end of the day in the gym. This will happen!
- The District Transportation Committee is meeting Tuesday, 3/18 at 6:00p.m. per Mrs. French’s email.
- My friend Peter Dewitt writes about if the Common Core is guilty by association or just guilty.
- Want to learn more about Project Based Learning check out Edutopia.
- Candance Roberts had a great blog about waiting to speak from Responsive Classroom. Check it out. It’s a must read!
- My friend Carol Burris along with Alan Aja are quoted in Diane Ravitch’s blog about the myth of equity and the common core. (Diane will be in Syracuse April 1st to give a free lecture. You can check out the information here.)
Please check the East Side Announcement page for updated dates, announcements etc. Lisa is updating this continually! http://gouverneurcentralschool.org/esannounce/
- What are the five things you are grateful for? Make a list daily. It does wonders!
- Be the change agent for kids! Be a champion for kids. Every kid deserves a champion!
All Grades | All Subjects | CCSS
This video kicked off the Let’s Chat Core series. We talk about how to read the CCSS, how the Core affects teachers and students, and offers insights on implementation.
All Grades | All Subjects | Planning | CCSS
We “zoomed in” with this video to look carefully at the language of exemplar tasks to help us wrestle with the finer details of the Core.