Another Linkstorm Post

I know I just did a favorite websites post, but I got a couple good resources in my Multiple Pathways class I wanted to pass them along.

The first is courtesy of Kim Bell, an English teacher at East Union High School in Manteca. Kim was a tech writer before she became a teacher. A former TCSJ student herself, her master’s project was creating a website that would be a resource to find the plethora of free or low cost online tools for teachers: 

The second came out of one of our class assignments. I had to research a topic of personal interest and picked project-based learning in math. I found an article by Janet Pinto on the TeachThought website: What Project-Based Learning Looks Like In Math. These are six sample Project-Based lessons based on the six Common Core High School Geometry topics. I was very excited to find this resource and plan to utilize these in my Geometry classes next school year.

I really enjoyed my Multiple Pathways class. I know our school working to incorporate this idea, and I imagine that we would follow the model of setting up several pathways for students to follow during their time in high school that would incorporate internships at local businesses. The idea is to give students real-world experience and job skills as well as integrating their education to give it meaning and relevance. I hope it succeeds.

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New Beginnings

I started my Master’s program today. My first class is a Multiple Pathways (Linked Learning) Exploration and I’m really excited about it. This is what I want to do, but don’t know how to do. I’m hoping this class will help change that.

We started with an exercise called “Three Questions.”

1) What will the world be like 20 years from now?

2) What skills will your students need to be successful?

3) What should that education look like (i.e. what should students be doing)? How is that different from education today?

We broke into discussion groups, and I loved the different perspectives. Some common threads, but everyone had a slightly different emphasis. Here are our posters:

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This is my group.  I’m clearly obsessed with economic and political instability.

 

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These two are pretty similar:  more technology, more career skills.

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I love this one, especially “simulations of real-world experiences” and “end result/backward problem solving.”

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This group was the only one to represent their ideas pictorially, as well as to make their poster landscape orientation rather than portrait.

I would write more, but I have homework to do.