What can we learn about teaching and learning from these teachers?
In the video Back to the Future Mr. Brian Crosby talks about the different projects that he have his students to do throughout the year. Ninety percent of Mr. Crosby's students are second language learners and are students living in poverty. He said that project based learning empowers the children to want to learn on their own and to be active learners. Mr. Crosby also said that project based learning helps connect the students to the world. The students learn how to collaborate and be independent learners.
In Blended Learning Cycle Mr. Paul Andersen talks about blended learning in his classroom. Mr Andersen said that blended learning is taking mobile, online and classroom learning and mixing them together. His learning cycle begins with engage, explore, explain, expand, and finishes with evaluate. He created an acronym called quivers. He said that first you start with a good QUestion, next Investigation/Inquiry to get some more information on the topic, Video, he makes a video for the students to watch individually, Elaboration, he assigns topics he would like the students to read in depth about, Review, he get with small groups and ask questions to make sure they understand the information, and finally Summary quiz, he gives the summary quiz after they have made it through the review with him.
In Making Thinking Visible by Mark Church the students are working in small groups discussing a video called Early Human Beginnings. Mr. Church has the students to come up with a headline that would connect everything from the video together. He said after they are finished with their final project he will ask the again what would their headlines be then.
In Building Comics Mr. Sam Pane 4th grade students were learning how to be good digital citizens. After learning how to be good digital citizens Mr. Pane had his students build a digital super hero and create a comic. They use their digital super hero in a comic showing that the understood how to be good digital citizens. He said by having his students to do this helped the to write narratives and analyze how multimedia elements contribute to text.
In Project Based Learning by Dean Shareski teachers talk about cross curricular. With their cross curricular they have crossed English, History, and Information Processing. The teachers said that with cross curricular the students have more time to do their projects. They said with more time the students do a better job on their projects.
In Roosevelt Elementary's PBL Program the teachers talk about what Project Based Learning brings to their 1st graders. The teachers said that in PBL the students are exposed to real world problems. PBL expose the students to public speaking and collaboration at an early age. The teachers said that the students have choices and are able to make decisions on their own. The Roosevelt parents are also happy with the performance of their children in PBL. They also said that PBL gives differentiation and works with multiple intelligence's.