In CEP 811, we have been learning about Maker Kits and researching best practices of a 21st Century classroom. This week, I’ve made a lesson plan that puts all of this learning together. As a culminating project of our Landforms and Bodies of Water Unit in second grade, the students will make a model of them using Squishy Circuits. In Richard Culatta’s Ted Talk, Reimagining Learning (2013), he focused on the importance of personalized learning and how important it is in today’s education. Therefore, in my lesson this week, I wanted the students to have choice, so I let them choose which landform or body of water they wanted to focus on to increase their engagement. Students also get to choose how they want to present the written portion of their presentation, whether it be a Google Slide, poster, paragraph, etc.
In Continued Progress Executive Summary (2015), John F. Pane, Elizabeth D. Steiner, Matthew D. Baird and Laura S. Hamilton participated in research that shows that collaborative learning also increases student achievement. Consequently, I used collaboration in two parts of this lesson. First, I have students who are working on the same landform share their ideas with each other. Later, the students work in teams to form a map of their landforms and bodies of water they made individually and teach each other about the one they focused on. In summary, in this lesson, students are taking ownership of their learning by having choice, sharing ideas, and teaching and learning from others. Click here to view the lesson.
Pane, J., Steiner, E., Baird, M., & Hamilton, L. (2015). Continued Progress Executive Summary. In Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning: Executive Summary (pp. 1-8). RAND Corporation. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt19w724m.1
T. (2013, January 10). Reimagining Learning: Richard Culatta at TEDxBeaconStreet. Retrieved March 30, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uAuonMXrg