Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Idea for a Unit Plan

The subject is Entrepreneurship. The grade level is high school, grades 11-12. The unit plan is a project that will allow the student to find a physical location to open up a business. Once the location is identified, the student will design the physical layout of the business.

Essential Question: What does it mean to be successful?

Unit Questions: Why is location important? (and) Why is the physical layout of a business important?

Content Questions: How can you convince others that your location choice will work?.
What factors helped you to make your final decision?
What else should you consider?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How can projects provide opportunities for deeper thinking in my classroom?

Projects allow students to direct their own learning. The project method of instruction forces the student to become an active participant in the learning process. A well-executed project should open up a world outside of the classroom. The student should have the opportunity to explore situations that are not presented through traditional methods such as textbooks, workbooks, or lectures. Projects allow the student to role-play a "real world" situation. Projects shift the responsibility of learning from the teacher to the student. Incorporating technology and presentations into the assessment process will make the student more accountable for the quality of work. Projects provide the opportunity for the students to make their own decisions and solve problems using their own personal skills and abilities. Projects should provide an opportunity for every student to succeed.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thinking Skills

I am learning how to use technology to teach higher levels of thinking.

The knowledge learned from this first module helped me identify several higher level thinking skills. They are:

Synthesis (Bloom)
Requisition & Integration of Knowledge (Marzano)
Meaningful Use of Knowledge (Marzano)
Productive Habits of Mind (Marzano)
Striving for Accuracy (Costa & Kalick)
Creating, Imagining, & Innovating (Costa & Kalick)
Learning Continuously (Costa & Kalick)