You work really hard on creating great lessons. But are you open to student suggestions? That's how Ms. Callahan found out about Desmos.
Her lesson, designed by her and adapted by students is a great example of interdisciplinary project based learning and authentic assessment that integrates student choice and technology?
Check out this video of Ms. Callahan's class today: Students were able to draw or use Desmos for their culminating quarterly Math 2 project. Desmos can be useful tool for 1:1 with Chromebooks or as an iPad app. Notice how engaged students are when the project is theirs. Ms. Callahan allowed students choice in what to create with their math and even in whether or not they used tech at all.
She also was open, as we 21st century teachers must be, to students introducing a tech tool to the class and then helping each other master it. She became the guide on the side providing instructions, advice, helping research, and guiding and encouraging learning as needed.
Thank you Mrs. Callahan and students for letting me show off your great work.
No time for the three and a half minute video below? Check out this one minute trailer:
Angela Maiers teaches us how important it is to tell students, "You Matter." everyday.
In honor of Everyone Matters Day on April 2nd, consider teaching students that Everyone Matters. Below is a 9 page guide of activity ideas for "accepting others as they are embracing ourselves as we are" .
If you don't have time for an in-class lesson in class, please ask students to participate with Ms. Gurthie during lunchtime and healhy kids time on Digital Learning Day or on their own anytime by via creating an IAM poster and posting an #IAM selfie on their favorite social media site.
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD