Chris Lehmann (Principal of the Science Leadership Academy – small public school in PA and it’s a 1:1 school) presents Progressive Pedagogy and 21st Century Tools.

Premise: Pedagogy Matters! Schools should be…
Caring Place – we teach kids not subjects
Inquiry Driven – what are the questions we can ask together?
Student Centered – it’s not about us
Passionate – it has to matter economic and energy independence because of bio-diesal creatiton
Meta-cognitive – we need to think about thinking
Technology infused – ubiquitous necessary and invisible
Understanding driven – project based

– Technology Overload and How to Prevent It! Ask what is good not what is new… the best one sets us up for collaboration It must allow us to:

Research -RSS, Diigo, Google, Wikipedia
Collaborate – Wiki, Google Docs, Moodle
Create – Blogging, Drupal
Network – Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Email
Present – uStream, Flickr, iTunes U, podcasting

We need a strong pedagogical framework to harvest the tools of technology.
Curriculum Writing Framework: UbD Unified our inputs (inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation – the core values) so that kids hear the language repetitively. Unified process (everything PD, class structures – feel the same). Outputs are the same on a rubric design, knowledge, application, presentation, process as they transcend all disciplines.

Step 1: Desired Results… If you don’t know where you’re going

  • Goals – the objectives
  • Understandings – the big ideas about why we teach this
  • Essential Questions – The Throughline – what do we keep coming back to over and over again?
  • Skills and Content – What is all the stuff kids have to know to get to the big ideas?

Step 2: How do you Assess?

  • Traditional: Tests, Homework, Projects, Class Participation
  • UbD: Projects, Homework, Class Participation, Test/Quizzes

Students should be able to conduct interviews, improve writing skills, hone readings skills.  Everything that he was talking about was related to Assessment FOR Learning instead of Assessment OF Learning.  This ties in perfectly with my upcoming second visit to Rick Stiggin’s Assessment FOR Learning Conference in Portland.  Kids gain more, remember more, learn more through formative assessments.

Step 3: The Learning Plan using UbD. We created the following lesson plan today about Natural Disasters…

The complete slideshow

Thanks Chris for a great presentation!!


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