Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Module 5
Student-Centered Assessment
This module has helped me think about the ways students can be more active in their own assessment. Although the challenges are great (accurate assessment being the main problem), I think this is good practice for the students. One of the things I am considering is letting the students help me create a rubric for an assignment. Perhaps by doing this they will be more cognizant of the expectations and feel a sense of ownership in the project.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In response to Innovative Disruptions:

Sometimes it's scary to think about the way things are moving. It all seems so impersonal. Technology is dictating the way we live. Of course, so many great things are being implemented (this computer, for example) but it feels like things are tilting out of control. However, it doesn't really matter what I think because things are changing. My classroom will be full of laptops in two years whether I like it or not. My first reaction is it will cause so many problems, and yet I know it can allow for so many other advances also. It makes my head spin.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This unit will involve reading, studying, and writing short stories in a three week period. Mini-lessons will be presented on the subjects of writing leads and closing lines, characterization, and plot development. Becoming proficient at using figurative language will be a primary focus. Along with several individual assignments, the class will write a story collectively.
Essential Question:
How do we communicate?

Unit Questions:
Why do we write?
What kind of writing is the most important?

Content Questions:
What kind of writing is your best kind?
What is figurative language?
What constitutes a writing style?
What are the elements of a short story?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Module 1 Reflection

This module has made me think about my role as an instructional designer in the following ways:
  • being more aware of how relevant to "real life" my lessons should be
  • taking more time to work out "hands on" lessons
  • learning more about electronic possibilities in the classroom