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Beverly Ozburn

Moving from Planning to Action (Professional Learning that Shifts Practice Part 3) - Ka... - 28 views

  • What do we know about what is currently working?
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      We are good at complaining about what isn't working but rarely point out what is working well.
  • What did you notice? What are wondering about? What are implications for your practice? How might we improve learning?
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      Purposefully ask these questions after we model a practice/lesson.
Beverly Ozburn

Meaningful Problem Solving (Professional Learning that Shifts Practice Part 2) - Katie ... - 6 views

  • creating experiences that provide opportunities to grapple with challenges that are meaningful to individuals in their context. In order for teachers to do this in their classrooms it is important that they have similar experiences in their own learning.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      PD needs to model lessons and also needs to have focused discussion to 'debrief' and reinforce the learning.
  • Be curious and open to all ideas Seek  to improve learning (students and educators) Expect growth, not perfection Focus reflection how to improve your work, not others Ground work in evidence of learning, not assumptions
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      May need to be stated up front at PD.
Beverly Ozburn

Purposeful Professional Learning (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice- Part 1) -... - 10 views

  • allow learners to solve relevant issues that matter to them
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      If it doesn't seem to matter to the learners, it will be wasted time for them. Sometimes teachers are only in a PD session for the hours. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the facilitator to make sure there is at least one nugget of info that matters to them.
  • the team determined a specific goal that they wanted to accomplish by the end of the day
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Good practice to ask what individuals hope to gain but also should ask what hope to gain via collaborative efforts. Maybe should ask them to share their top three strengths to give us a place for building upon.
  • To guide the work time, we observed some classrooms and discussed what we noticed. Based on our goals, we set clear targets and some time boundaries to check in on progress.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      We do this with teachers as we begin work with them. Maybe we need to be more transparent and have this in writing as well for them to reference- menu.
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  • each teacher shared what they had learned, what they had created, and their actionable next steps.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Probably the most important step of the day!
  • The more you empower learners, the more they will be invested in the work.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Profound statement!
  • society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I think one of the keys here is to acknowledge that society is evolving and we need to evolve to meet the needs of society - for example, just because research shows that, for some things, handwriting helps people remember something better or reading a hard copy is easier for comprehension than a digital copy - just because research at this point confirms these concepts, that doesn't mean we don't need to provide opportunities for practice and teach learners to recall digitally written info or comprehend digital text. If that is the trend the world is moving toward, we have to move in that direction as well - or be left behind.
  • purposeful
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      We know that when learning is purposeful, students are more engaged and grasp more. So, why wouldn't we want professional learning to be the same?
Beverly Ozburn

The Coach in the Operating Room - The New Yorker - 37 views

  • I compared my results against national data, and I began beating the averages.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      this is one of the most important reasons for data and using the data to help guide instruction
  • the obvious struck me as interesting: even Rafael Nadal has a coach. Nearly every élite tennis player in the world does. Professional athletes use coaches to make sure they are as good as they can be.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Why wouldn't we want a coach? Our supervisor or administrator often serves as an evaluator but might not have the time due to time constraints to serve as an effective and dedicated coach. Yet, a coach doesn't have to be an expert. Couldn't the coach just be a colleague with a different skill set?
  • They don’t even have to be good at the sport. The famous Olympic gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi couldn’t do a split if his life depended on it. Mainly, they observe, they judge, and they guide.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      PROFOUND!!!
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  • always evolving
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Please tell me what profession isn't always evolving? It something isn't evolving, it is dying! So, why doesn't everyone on the face of the earth - regardless of his/her profession or station in life - need coaching periodically to help them continue to grow and evolve?
  • We have to keep developing our capabilities and avoid falling behind.
  • no matter how well prepared people are in their formative years, few can achieve and maintain their best performance on their own.
  • outside ears, and eyes, are important
  • For decades, research has confirmed that the big factor in determining how much students learn is not class size or the extent of standardized testing but the quality of their teachers.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      So, instead of having students take test after test after test, why don't we just have coaches who observe and sit and discuss and offer suggestions and divide the number of tests we give students in half and do away with half? Are we concerned about student knowledge? student performance? student ability? student growth or capacity for growth? What we really need to identify is what we value!
  • California researchers in the early nineteen-eighties conducted a five-year study of teacher-skill development in eighty schools, and noticed something interesting. Workshops led teachers to use new skills in the classroom only ten per cent of the time. Even when a practice session with demonstrations and personal feedback was added, fewer than twenty per cent made the change. But when coaching was introduced—when a colleague watched them try the new skills in their own classroom and provided suggestions—adoption rates passed ninety per cent. A spate of small randomized trials confirmed the effect. Coached teachers were more effective, and their students did better on tests.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Of course they are more effective! They have a trusted individual to guide them, mentor them, help sustain them. The coach can cheer and affirm what the teacher is already doing well and offer suggestions that are desired and sought in order to improve their 'game' and become more effective.
  • they did not necessarily have any special expertise in a content area, like math or science.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Knowledge of the content is one thing and expertise is yet another. Sometimes what makes us better teachers is simply strategies and techniques - not expertise in the content. Sometimes what makes us better teachers could simply be using a different tool or offering options for students to choose.
  • The coaches let the teachers choose the direction for coaching. They usually know better than anyone what their difficulties are.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      The conversation with the coach and the coach listening and learning what the teacher would like to expand, improve, and grow is probably the most vital part! If the teacher doesn't have a clue, the coach could start anywhere and that might not be what the teacher adopts and owns. So, the teacher must have ownership and direction.
  • teaches coaches to observe a few specifics: whether the teacher has an effective plan for instruction; how many students are engaged in the material; whether they interact respectfully; whether they engage in high-level conversations; whether they understand how they are progressing, or failing to progress.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      This could provide specific categories to offer teachers a choice in what direction they want to go toward improving - especially important for those who want broad improvement or are clueless at where to start.
  • must engage in “deliberate practice”—sustained, mindful efforts to develop the full range of abilities that success requires. You have to work at what you’re not good at.
  • most people do not know where to start or how to proceed. Expertise, as the formula goes, requires going from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence to conscious competence and finally to unconscious competence.
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      Progression
  • The coach provides the outside eyes and ears, and makes you aware of where you’re falling short.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      The coach also makes you aware of where you are excelling!
  • So coaches use a variety of approaches—showing what other, respected colleagues do, for instance, or reviewing videos of the subject’s performance. The most common, however, is just conversation.
  • “What worked?”
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Great way to open any coaching conversation!
  • “How could you help her?”
  • “What else did you notice?”
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      These questions are quite similar to what we ask little children when they are learning something new. How did that go? What else could you do? What could you do differently? What more is needed? What would help?
  • something to try.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Suggestions of something to try! Any colleague can offer this - so why don't we ask colleagues for ideas of something to try more often?
  • three colleagues on a lunch break
  • Good coaches, he said, speak with credibility, make a personal connection, and focus little on themselves.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I probably need this printed out and stuck to the monitor of my computer or tattooed on my hand!
  • “listened more than they talked,” Knight said. “They were one hundred per cent present in the conversation.”
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      patient, engaged listening
  • coaching has definitely changed how satisfying teaching is
  • trying to get residents to think—to think like surgeons—and his questions exposed how much we had to learn.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Encouraging people to think - it is important to teach and encourage thinking rather than teaching them WHAT to think!
  • a whole list of observations like this.
  • one twenty-minute discussion gave me more to consider and work on than I’d had in the past five years.
  • watch other colleagues operate in order to gather ideas about what I could do.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      This is one of the greatest strategies to promote growth - ever!
  • routine, high-quality video recordings of operations could enable us to figure out why some patients fare better than others.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I always hate seeing a video of me teaching but I did learn so much about myself, my teaching, and my students that I could not learn in any other way!
  • I know that I’m learning again.
  • It’s teaching with a trendier name. Coaching aimed at improving the performance of people who are already professionals is less usual.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      But it still works and is effective at nudging even those who are fabulous to be even better!
  • modern society increasingly depends on ordinary people taking responsibility for doing extraordinary things
  • coaching may prove essential to the success of modern society.
  • We care about results in sports, and if we care half as much about results in schools and in hospitals we may reach the same conclusion.
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    Valuable points about coaching - makes me want my own coach!
Beverly Ozburn

The beauty of unfinished work - The Learner's Way - 34 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I love this concept!  The focus is on the process of learning.  Doesn't that also help to identify the way we learn as well as the progress of the learning?
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      The down side of this is that there also has to be some sort of focus on the importance of completing what is started.  Everything might not have to have an end product but some things certainly should have!
  • At times it has been deeply admonished and hidden from view. Individuals who failed were to be shunned or punished. At other times failure was to be avoided by setting the bar for success so low that failure was impossible. The result of this movement was that success became meaningless, achievable by all without risk and through little effort.
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      The generation when who were deeply admonished and hidden is older and most are relieved that this is no longer the case.  The generation who were shunned or punished seem to still be a part of the mainstream but most have embraced that this is no longer the case.  The generation who were part of the low expectations with failure impossible seem to be the predominance of the population now and we are seeing that there is no concept of consequences, no motivation toward high achievement, and an attitude of entitlement.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      This seems like we are evolving but moving more in a cyclical fashion and thinking more like the early innovators in our country - Jefferson, Franklin, Ford, Bell - We see a need for something and strive to create it - marking our failures as a way of knowing, "well that won't work so lets find something that will."
  • A culture that accepts failure as a part of the learning process will need to take time to celebrate the steps taken towards learning as much as it celebrates the finished product.
  • A digital work of art, of music of writing is never truly finished, it grows and transforms over time. 
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Transformation from the mindset of this is done, this if finished, this is the final draft to here is where we are at this point but it may be revisited, revised, refined at a later time.
  • mistakes are a sign that the learning is not pitched at a level below the needs of the students; if the students are not making mistakes when they engage with new learning the expectation has been set too low.
  • What must be avoided is a belief that mistakes are to be accepted without an equal emphasis on identifying and understanding their causes.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Identify and understand the causes of mistakes so that another attempt can be made at correcting them and progress is made!
Beverly Ozburn

Kids Create at Google I/O Youth | TIME For Kids - 35 views

  • Google I/O conference, now in its seventh year.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Who knew that there was a Google I/O conference for youth?  How do you get invited to such?
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Where does one go to study to be a web developer?  What kind of degree is that?  Where would one intern?  What other companies hire web developers?  
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  • A web developer’s job
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I notice that the more the folks in my department try to create, individualize, or make unique for our users, the more we need to access embed codes.  So, to learn the language of coding may really be an important part of what students need to know in the near future.
  • “Curiosity is the key to unlocking anything you’re interested in,”
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      Isn't this the key to engaging students?  Period.
  • “Mistakes mean that you can improve your ideas.”
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Perhaps this should be posted in classrooms!
Beverly Ozburn

WW_SpaceThinkMath.pdf - 37 views

  • Asking good questions and encouraging students to build on one another’s thinking gives students voice and enables them to become more critical thinkers in mathematics.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Good strategy for use in any content area classroom!
  • students move into pairs to write their ideas, solutions, and strategies. A variety of materials, such as linking cubes and two-colour counters, are available for students to choose from when constructing mathematical models, making conjectures, and connecting their ideas.
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Wouldn't it be great to use mobile devices to document their manipulatives and narrate their thinking out loud using an app such as Educreations? 
  • Scaffolding students’ exploration of a rich task too early can take away students’ opportunities to explore and build confidence with solving problems in their own way.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      May need some opportunities to fail to make the learning richer and more personal.
  • Following each presentation, students are invited to paraphrase what the presenters have shared, to ask questions for clarification, to elab-orate on the presentation, and perhaps to challenge the presenters with a possible correction or alternative approach.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Reflective learning!
Beverly Ozburn

Should every educator be an "innovator"? | The Principal of Change - 42 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      think about this and strive to be innovative!  When we do what we have always done, we will get what we've always gotten.  That means we will constantly be behind!
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      We all have to be innovative in some way!  Sometimes the best go-to is a student in the room.
Beverly Ozburn

Curriculum21 - Annotexting - 62 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Start off modeling what you expect students to do.  Then, move more toward asking students to look at a text with a certain set of questions in mind.  Finally, just share a simple short list of terms or words which will guide student reading/annotating.
  • These annotations, rather than being on paper, can be collected with different web tools so that students can collaborate
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Great use of Diigo or Google documents!
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  • Students submit their annotations via their smart phones or other digital devices, and then analyze each other’s notations collectively.  They could be looking for main ideas, thematic and literary elements, or big ideas from the work.   They could be looking for evidence of connections to other texts, their own experiences, or world issues. They could simply be searching for meaning to support them when reading complex texts.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Reading, analyzing, and collaborating about annotations helps open the eyes of readers and provides feedback which promotes even more thinking.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      FABULOUS way to utilize Google docs and tools!
  • annotexting will allow students to engage with other audiences in tasks with an expanded purpose
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Anytime something is shared and ideas are discussed and shared, there seems to be more of a 'real-life' purpose for digging in and completing the task.
  • In order to get students to own this process, we have to relinquish some control. Let them think, let them make mistakes and respond. Let them draw conclusions even they are not the conclusions we would have drawn. We can be there to coach them through misconceptions.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Step back!  It is amazing to learn from the student's perspective.  Then, if the thinking is not focused toward the goal or objective of the teacher's lesson, a bit of guidance and coaching is all that is needed to steer students toward that goal/objective.
Beverly Ozburn

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom - Atlantic Mobile - 59 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      This could all be done within Diigo if Twitter isn't an option for students...
  • Learning to be concise, engaging in online dialogue about serious and important topics, condensing information, and forming an opinion in real time—these are skills that will only become more important as technology takes deeper root in society.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Life skills - not just reading/ELA/school skills!
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      This is the same principle as using Edmodo or Google Classroom discussion forums in a way.  Just a different, more concise platform.
Beverly Ozburn

Mobile learning's major impact | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 - 10 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      About HALF of all students in grades 3-5 have access to a tablet!
  • Eighty percent of students in grades 9-12, 65 percent of those in grades 6-8, 45 percent of grades 3-5 students
  • have access to a smartphone
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  • A report released earlier this year confirms the trend, which seems now to be less of a trend and more of a permanent feature in schools.
  • the majority (77 percent) of families have at least one smartphone at home, and 46 percent have at least one tablet.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Devices are available and accessibility is at hand!
  • School and district administrators say that mobile technology, including tablets (41 percent), one-to-one programs (28 percent), mobile apps (22 percent), and BYOD (22 percent) have had a significant impact on teaching and learning,
  • South Korea trains teachers in digital learning and has broadband connectivity in all of its schools. Additionally, South Korea plans to phase out printed textbooks in the next two years. Turkey has plans to distribute 10 million tablets to students by 2015, and Thailand’s government has similar aims, with plans to supply 13 million mobile devices to students by 2015
Beverly Ozburn

Experts & NewBIEs | Bloggers on Project Based Learning: How does Edmodo support PBL? - 19 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      What a great driving question!  Who wouldn't want to try to find the answer?
  • promote the 21st Century skill of communication
  • Students would not have been able to complete an in depth inquiry of the driving question without understanding the significant content.
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Understanding is required to complete the inquiry - can tell what students do and don't understand by reading what they write! 
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      All this could be done without taking up valuable class time!
Beverly Ozburn

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland's schools improve but that American reformers... - 64 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Interesting Top Five
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Answer explanation is almost as important as mathematic problem solving.  If we really want to know if a student understands ANY concept, we need to ask him/her to write their explanation.  Sometimes the understanding comes from the thinking required to do the writing - writing to make it make sense!
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Why don't we consider relating almost every lesson to everyday life?  Seems like an obvious thing to do to me!
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Wow!  I think the concept of doing less of something in order to make time for experimentation is a fabulous idea!  Do you mean there are different aspects of student assessment and testing beyond a bubble sheet?  :)
  • Most of them have studied psychology, teaching methods, curriculum theories, assessment models, and classroom management researched and designed in the United States
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Finland's successful practices are something they learned here in the U.S.  So, why aren't our teachers here in the U.S. employing those same practices successfully?
  • Professional development and school improvement courses and programs often include visitors from the U.S. universities to teach and work with Finnish teachers and leaders.
  • in an ideal classroom, pupils speak more than the teacher
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Hooray!
  • the entire Finnish school system looks like John Dewey’s laboratory school in the U.S.
  • cooperative learning has become a pedagogical approach that is widely practiced throughout Finnish education system
  • Finnish teachers believe that over 90 percent of students can learn successfully in their own classrooms if given the opportunity to evolve in a holistic manner.
  • After abolishing all streaming and tracking of students in the mid-1980s, both education policies and school practices adopted the principle that all children have different kinds of intelligences and that schools must find ways how to cultivate these different individual aspects in balanced ways.
  • it is ironic that many of these methods were developed at U.S. universities and are yet far more popular in Finland than in the United States. These include portfolio assessment, performance assessment, self-assessment and self-reflection, and assessment for learning methods.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Alternative assessments!  Performance, portfolio, self-assessment, self-reflection, and assessment of learning methods...
  • Peer coaching—that is, a confidential process through which teachers work together to reflect on current practices, expand, improve, and learn new skills, exchange ideas, conduct classroom research and solve problems together in school
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Working together and reflecting on current practices - Reflection helps to expand, improve, and provides an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas to solve problems
  • the work of the school in the United States is so much steered by bureaucracies, test-based accountability and competition that schools are simply doing what they must do
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Sadness Abounds!  We are teaching folks what works best.  Then, they enter the classroom and get wrapped up in bureaucracies and test-based accountability to the point that teachers are just going through the motions instead of facilitating quality learning
Beverly Ozburn

Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications - 54 views

  • Our four corners and a diamond graphic organizer has five areas: What do you need to find? What do you already know? Brainstorm possible ways to solve this problem. Try your ways here. What things do you need to include in your response? What mathematics did you learn by working this problem?
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Questions to flesh out the Essential Question.  This would be a great way to implement student blogs in a math class!
  • teachers reported dramatic improvements in students' mathematics scores on open-response items after implementing the four corners and a diamond graphic organizer.
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  • The teachers saw that their lower-ability students, who normally would not have attempted problems, had now written partial solutions.
Beverly Ozburn

STEM Across the Middle Grades Curriculum - 24 views

  • based on the current Maryland Educational Standards; the difference is the thematic problem-based approach to covering the content. Unit design within the program is driven by the grade-level science curriculum.
  • The team plans the units around an overarching question or problem that meets the following criteria: The problem is valid. Students can relate to the problem. There can be multiple paths to a solution. The problem can be applied to the various classes to truly integrate the unit across the grade-level curriculum
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Standards Based!
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Good question is posed and students discover!
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Notice that they mention only one unit.  Probably started with one unit and can expand from there.  No need to change everything in a year.  Just take baby steps and add one good unit at a time that can be tweaked and improved the next year.
  • continue their exploration of this topic throughout their other classes as well.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Cross-curricular = creates cohesion, greater interest, deeper learning, relevance
  • we try to include guest speakers and field trips to give the students the opportunity to engage with the content beyond the classroom.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Could have guest/field trips be virtual through WebX, etc.
Beverly Ozburn

7 Characteristics Of A Digitally Competent Teacher - 220 views

  • We’ve mused in the past on the kinds of things teachers might be expected to do with technology in the classroom, what they should be able to do with an iPad (assuming they have iPads),
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I think this is something we should include in our PD Session!
Beverly Ozburn

What's So Hard about Research? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network - 77 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      So many of my middle school students would come and ask, "Is this what you want?"  Then, they would get frustrated when I responded, "Well, what do you think?  Is that the best answer you can come up with for the question?"  
  • Many students were very uncomfortable with the idea that they would be making the decision about what form their project will take, and continually tried to get a stamp of approval.
  • Students today are accustomed to instant gratification, and therefore can be overwhelmed by tasks that require time-consuming research.
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    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I'm finding that I am becoming more like the students and wanting that instant gratification as well!  We are becoming scanners more than readers.
  • They do not stop researching and begin another activity because they got distracted;  in our experience, they are more likely to spin themselves in circles making no progress for an entire class period because they do not want to go through a cognitive process that will take “forever.”
  • · When students are given a research prompt by their teacher, students often do not care enough about the topic to really persevere.
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Use this strategy to help students become more invested: STRATEGY: I'm going to show you 30 seconds of this video and I want you to write down 3-4 questions you think this video is going to answer. Turn and talk to a neighbor to share your questions. After looking at the video clip, have students determine if their questions were answered and what questions they still need to answer. THEN, students are invested and have things they WANT to know about the topic.
  • There are very few things in life that our students have to wait for today
    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      I am sad to say that I am just as bad as the students in that I want to know things immediately and not have to wait.
  •  
    NetTrekker PD article for discussion
Beverly Ozburn

Redefining the Southern Belle | Garden and Gun - 18 views

    • Beverly Ozburn
       
      Distinctiveness of women might be a topic that I want to add more sources for to give me a truly southern perspective in this research.
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