Welcome back everyone for another excellent year of learning with our students. I’m excited!
This little post is coming to you from sunny (its winter) Southern California, and yes it dosent rain here. I hope you all had your time in the sun and are ready, fresh and rearing to go. We have a fabulous school which will just keep getting better.
There is not one teacher in this school who does not want the best for thier students. We need to ensure we are taking learning on the best path we can. And how are we going to show that, through ‘exhibitions of learning’.
Lets set the Scene.
We have some imperatives we have begun to set down. Call them what you like. But they look like this, they are fluid but a great ‘Narrative’ for us to build.
- 21st Century Future Skills
- Teachers are world-class leaders in Learning
- Real world connections
To begin to achieve our milestones for 2014, we have a couple of whole school initiatives happening, integrated Sport and Project based Learning, among others.
This is the way it works,
“If you don’t want to be involved or do it, that’s fine, but don’t stop those who do want to try new things, from doing it.”
Secondly…. “fry little fish gently” Confucius
Now to a video… (Must Play this one).
(promise you wont laugh?)
From that I say… Project/Product based learning and its many facets. What can it look like? How will it work? How will it improve the quality of our students work? What structures need to be put in place? What is all the fuss about?
This blog post has 3 videos to look at, and 2 links to read. I would love you to engage. But like I said, you don’t have to, that’s ok, however you have to agree not to stop those who want to.
Making the Case for Project Based Learning.
2. A real project by the students at HTH Chula Vista.. beyond the Crossfire.
‘Work that Matters’ A teacher guide to Project Based Learning.
1. Austin’s Butterfly: Building Excellence in Student Work – Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback
2. Students speaking about their favourite Project, what was it that made it their favourite, the learning, the quality of the product, the process in producing the product, the teacher. They spoke to a large audience of 120 + people. This is a common thing for them to do, talk about what they learn and study.
HTH Winter Residency Presentations.
Have a good week everyone.
As I see my week. Week 1 Term 1 2014.
Monday: 27th Jan: Research Day and interview blogging.
MOOC Deeper Learning Panel Discussion
Tuesday 28th Jan: San Diego Research High Tech High
Wednesday 29th Jan: Travel to EugeneOregon: San Diego>via Salt Lake City>Eugene ( home of the SImpson)
Thursday 30th Jan; Oregon University Education Online Learning Centre
MOOC- Deeper Learning- Through the Lens of a Classroom Event.
Friday 31st January: Interview Yong Zhao: Entreprenaurial
Saturday 1st Feb: Prepare to Travel Home.
Sunday 2nd Feb; Eugene>Seattle> LA
Monday 3rd Feb: LA>Sydney>Ulladulla