Engages students

  • Virtually all students are intellectually engaged in challenging content through well-designed learning tasks and suitable scaffolding by the teacher and fully aligned with the instructional outcomes.
  • In addition, there is evidence of some student initiation of inquiry and of student contribution to the exploration of important content.
  • The pacing of the lesson provides students the time needed to intellectually engage with and reflect upon their learning and to consolidate their understanding.
  • Students may have some choice in how they complete tasks and may serve as resources for one another.

-The Danielson Group

Using Polar H7 sensors in the classroom

Whether you are in a badminton unit or on the track, the H7’s from Polar can be used in any activity.   Using heart rate monitors ensures each student they are working at the right intensity level to gain the best health benefits.  Why Polar?  Polar has made it super easy ...
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Authentic activities: planning a trip using French language

Student engagement increases when they can do activities that have real-life application. In Jim Potter's French III class, students are asked to use French language to plan a spring break trip to France. During the planning process, students write a letter to reserve a room in a hotel, find transportation ...
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Engaging students with hands-on activities: Connecting Mental Set and Perception

In Jean Gorski's Psychology class, students use the laptops to experience a variety of illusions first-hand, illusions that can't always be displayed properly on paper. In these online experiments, students personally experience the impact of factors such as experience and expectation on perception. Each student is able to experience the ...
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Using media tools to recreate the Lewis and Clark expedition on campus

There is no better way to teach important ideas and events than through authentic activities. At root this teaching method seeks to imitate real world activities performed by real people, and one of the most important categories of authentic activities is role plays. Students in Jim Kelly's US Studies course used ...
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English: Annotating and citing sources using NoodleTools

(Amy Reiman; Noodle Tools, Lexis Nexis, CQ Researcher, Science Online) In this cross-curricular unit, biology students research and annotate contemporary articles on an ethical dilemma that has emerged from the study of genetics. Students will use NoodleTools to complete an annotated bibliography and works cited page. The complete unit plan ...
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English: Searching for Frisson – The Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe

(http://knowingpoe.thinkport.org, Jeopardy) In this unit teacher Mark Adams and his class explore the life of Edgar Allan Poe and some of his most notable works including The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Fall of the House of Usher.  But first, students identify the idea of frisson and research ...
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Logger Pro

In our Chemistry and Physics classes we use Logger Pro on the netbooks to: -Graph data -Analyze the graphs to find mathematical relationships between vairables -Test predictions from analysis -Collect data with probes and sensors -Analyze the data collected to form mathematical and graphical models -Analyze video and photographic data ...
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Geometer’s sketchpad

Geometer's Sketchpad is a visual modeling and graphing tool that does the work of traditional graph paper, compass, straightedge, and other similar tools. Through visual displays and interactive adjustment of variables, it allows students to authentically investigate topics and concepts. Teacher Kevin Thompson uses Geometer's Sketchpad as an investigative tool ...
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Why would a teacher use an audio recording program like Audacity? One example: For students in freshman English, Audacity allows them to create sophisticated recordings to go with their study of the Odyssey (a story originally told orally!) The students have to recast an episode from The Odyssey in modern ...
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Students in Kim Rojas's Spanish class use Skype to connect with students at a high school in Costa Rica. These types of real-time video and audio interactions used to be reserved for universities and businesses with high-end technology and funding.  Now, entire classes can quickly and easily connect with very ...
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Library Research in the Freshman Program

In collaboration with the librarian, the Freshman Program teachers held an in-school field trip as a part of the Freshman Race (Marc Aronson) research paper to help students begin to narrow their topic and find and evaluate resources.  The students were split into groups based on their interests: sports, race, gender, genocide, ...
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Molecular Polarity in Chem I

In my Chemistry 1 class, students are using an interactive simulation on the Phet website. In the activity, students manipulate chemical models in order to see how different factors affect the polarity of a molecule. I like to involve computers in lessons that allow students to manipulate features and see ...
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Endangered Species Studies in Environmental Science

In my environmental class, we are discussing biodiversity. One of the topics we talk about is endangered species.  Students will visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website to answer a questionnaire about endangered species in Illinois. Once they have reviewed the website and answered the questions, they will choose one endangered species ...
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Graphing Ellipses on a Calculator

Notes are typed up on my computer in One Note and posted to the blog.  Students have the option of taking notes directly on their computers using the outline or taking notes by hand.  We're starting to talk about conic sections, so after introducing some different types of conic sections, ...
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Yoga: Learning Proper Form with iPads

One of the best ways for students to know if they are using proper form is to view themselves in action. During our lesson students are given diagrams that demonstrate many of the common yoga positions. The students are put into groups of four where they use an IPAD and ...
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What do Katniss, Gladiators, and Football Players have in common?

After studying the cultures of violence in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and the gladiatorial games in ancient Rome, freshmen examine the United States and the NFL through a similar lens.  Students spent two days reviewing the short and brutal careers of professional football players, and the steadily increasing occurrence of concussions, ...
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