First chunk to distill into an action plan: Visible Learning.
Visible Learning 👀
1. Teach Growth Mindset and Mistakes.
2. Remember: Where am I going? How am I going to get there? Where to next? CLEAR standards and PUNCTUATE the lesson.
3. Discussion Notes for "Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?" p. 69 VL for Literacy. LOVE this. Make copies.
4. Teach strategies for learning that students can access and draw from when they are struggling. Connie Hamilton to thank for this list.
5. Cornell Notes p. 60 VL for Literacy AND sketch-noting.
6. Less teacher talk. I am going to record myself and/or invite others in to observe me and give me feedback.
7. Objective must be obvious and criteria must be posted.
8. Google form to reflect every night. Small quiz every night.
9. Rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal.
10. Use data sheet found on Twitter to keep track of learning.
It's time. Time to sift down my learning and decide what action steps I want to implement this year.
Visible Learning 👀
Oh, wow. Sometimes things come to you as a gift from the universe that you didn't even know you were looking for. I just started Connie Hamilton's book, Hacking Questions and my mind is already blown. It's funny how sometimes you don't realize how bothered you are by something and then someone names it and you're like--------------------------------------
I've always been subtly bothered by the hands-up system I use in my classroom. Like a good little Teach Like a Champion teacher, I've use cold call on a regular basis. I have called on students I know are not paying attention to wake them up. My big solution has been to use index cards with names on them to make sure I am calling on students equally. But the hands up system has never quite sat right with me.
Hack #1 Assume All Hands are Up
- Label different forms of interaction: Teach the students protocols and then tell them which one you are using in your lesson. Be transparent. What I'm thinking is that my students have been raising their hands for 4 years and it will take great intentionality to retrain them. The power in this to me all is the goal of having ALL students engaged.
- Blurt time (all students share ideas like a round of popcorn sharing)
- Take volunteers (this is for when you want a student to explain and example or model something for his/her classmates)
- All hands up "Communicate to students that you assume they always have their hands up." When you are using this concept, use a random name caller. But more importantly (in my mind) is truly giving students a time to talk, write, or think before calling on anyone.
Next Hack: Kick the IDK Bucket Keep the cognitive baton in students’ hands
Gotta go! I have more reading to do!
I find these seemingly simple but powerful ideas so invigorating and exciting. Small changes matter. (Although getting my students not to raise their hands will be no small task.)
Hamilton, Connie (2019-04-14). Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom (Hack Learning Series Book 23) (Kindle Locations 388-389). Times 10 Publications. Kindle Edition.
Jill A. Hostetler
I absolutely love technology integration in the classroom. I know how very messy it can be. I am here to acknowledge the mess of it all and walk with others as we find our way. I have a growing interest in the science of learning and visible learning. I am a creative and spunky innovator, educator, learner, and collaborator. I love learning from others and gathering strength together.