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Janet Hale

Dozens of EQs from a vital source | Granted, and... - 0 views

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    "An excerpt from an important book: 'We have framed some questions which, in our judgment, are responsive to the actual and immediate as against the fancied and future needs of learners in the world as it is (not as it was): What do you worry about most? What are the causes of your worries? Can any of your worries be eliminated? How? Which of them might you deal with first? How do you decide? Are there other people with the same problems? How do you know? How can you find out? If you had an important idea that you wanted to let everyone (in the world) know about, how might you go about letting them know?...'"
Janet Hale

A Four-Phase Process For Implementing Essential Questions - 1 views

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    "We had a delightful visit to The School of the Future in New York City the other day. Lots of engaged kids, a great blend of instruction and constructivist work, and an obvious intellectual culture. And as the picture illustrates, everywhere we went we also saw helpful visual reminders of the big ideas and essential questions framing the work we were watching: School of the Future staff have long been users of UbD tools and ideas.

    But far too often over the years I have seen plenty of good stuff posted like this - but no deep embedding of the Essential Question (EQ) into the unit design and lessons that make it up. Merely posting the EQs and occasionally reminding kids of it is pointless: the aim is to use the question to frame specific activities, to provide perspective and focus, to prioritize the course, and to signal to students that, eventually, THEY must - on their own - pose this and other key questions. (Note: I am not criticizing what we saw and heard at SoF, rather using this teachable moment to raise an issue that needs addressing by almost all faculty using our work.)"
Janet Hale

Beginning Teacher Training - 1 views

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    While this Slide Show ends more so with a specific question on structuring Lesson Plans, most slides speak to Schooling By Design SbD, which is aligned to Understanding by Design UBD and DESIGNING curriculum. When UbD is synthesized with Curriculum Mapping the dual processes lead to a a teacher-designed and teacher-reviewed horizontally and vertically aligned curriculum (evident in various types of curriculum maps depending on the size of a district.
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