3.1 Classroom Management & Collaborative Learning
Candidates model and facilitate effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources. (PSC 3.1/ISTE 3a)
Artifact Online Content Map Sharing (presentation)
As a teacher leader and a department chairperson in my building, my efforts to bring better classroom management and collaborative learning opportunities are evident in this project. The goal of the project was to advance student performance in science, and my project-design and project-implementation proved to be a very useful tool for sharing instructional content. The project, an online content map, was presented at a school level workshop. The workshop was a required assignment that I submitted for ITEC 7460, Fall 2014. I structured the workshop presentation to demonstrate the uses of an online content map. The step-by-step instruction presentation provided teachers with an online Wiki account. I provided professional development that demonstrated mastery of Standard 3.1. Modeling content sharing and the building of an online resource tool made collaborative planning more convenient.
Using a shared Wiki. teachers were better prepared for student-lead learning and the collaborative planning will support higher learning needs that are appropriate for individual and group learning. By enabling teachers to share instruction techniques and learning strategies, such as the use of class manipulatives, object models, instruction targets, science concepts, and unit assessments, planning takes less time to complete. By using the online tool, content learning expectations became more homogeneous. Providing examples and step-by-step instruction for using a Wiki brought clarity to these planning benefits. Content learning tasks better align to teaching instructions that result from team collaborations, and convenient collaboration improves pedagogy with less resistance to changes.
Next time, I will extend online content sharing to cross curriculum instruction, and assess formative and on-going student learning gains. This wiki project helped me maintain model specific content practices, and in the future it will help to better prepare my students' transition to online and blended learning lessons. Teachers and students have an appreciation for online tasks that are real-world, and learners that participate effectively online can experience authentic learning.
The availability of the Wiki made its adoption in my own department a feasible tool to use for on-going department collaborative practices. I learned that sharing my examples bettered prepared teachers to share instruction content and to appreciate the benefits of sharing instructional content - such as saving time in planning and avoiding unnecessary duplication of instructional materials. Wiki content sharing helps teachers to facilitate lessons with adequate information and sufficient resources. Measurable student learning gains will be available as a department once the practice is implemented over an extended period of time.
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