Today's Goals:

  • Get acquainted with each other and the course
  • SWBAT describe characteristics and purposes of learning objectives using DAMMP criteria

Notetaker: Athena - athenas97 athenas97

9:25 - 10:10 - Introductions

10:10 - 10:20 - Brief overview of the course
  • Goals:
    • Develop a core set of professional skills and dispositions to launch your profession
    • Provide authentic, high quality academic and social support to middle schoolers
    • 241/221 Relationships
  • A Glimpse of Garry
  • Begin to behave as a professional vs. a student

10:20 - 11:00 - So we better be able to plan a lesson!
  • Writing an Objective
    • Learning Objectives = Learning Goals = Targets
    • learning outcome that we are building in the lesson
    • SWBAT: Students will be able to...
  • Lesson Design (Pedagogy: how we teach/art and science of teaching)
      • Science of teaching: psychology: how students learn and retain information in their brain, sociology: how the world and people work - outside of the brain, linguistics: learning through language, philosophy, political science, economy
      • Art of teaching: not everyone can do it, somehow making it work with every single kid that is different with creativity, everyone has their own style of teaching
    • Instruction should be meaningful (why)
    • Balance content (teacher/student involvement)
      • Teacher shouldn't have to do all of the thinking
      • "Give-take" relationship
    • Affirmative teaching --> setting up for success
    • Intentionality (thinking of student perspective)
    • Building blocks of understanding (don't assume)
    • Student interaction and collaboration
    • Contextualized in life (environment and situational awareness)
  • Tile Game
    • Pros: Clear, simple rules, level of challenge, "reward", need tools for success, social support, set time
    • Cons: Too many rules, not important, hard to remember, set up for failure, no point, not rewarding

  • Learning Goals for a Lesson:
    • If we have a goal, then we also need a path.
    • Purpose:
      • be more transparent with students
      • gives students sense of destination
      • recognize that they're actually learning and improving
    • Characteristics:
      • Descriptive: hone objective to a clear point and subject
        • Ex: Students will be able to solve an equation using the quadratic formula.
      • Achievable: needs to be appropriate and something the students can accomplish with necessary time, tools, understanding, and support
      • Memorable: something that students can remember and retain for future use (keeping it short and sweet)
      • Measurable: must be a way to assess the goal with strong evidence
      • Purposeful: "so what", something worth doing and gives meaning to student
    • Communicating Learning Goals -
      • English (Cowboy) Objectives:
        • True/false statements (what do you know)
        • List of big ideas
        • Not clear purpose from objective
        • Appears to be headings of outline
        • Can't be memorable if it's not meaningful
        • Hard to remember 3 goals
        • Need: greater focus and clarity
        • "Students will understand the following" (too vague)
          • How will we know when they understand?
      • Social Studies Objectives:
        • How do you know
    • Objectives Activity: Go to the lesson plan sites below or find your own. (Browse the objectives/targets for 5 lesson plans in your subject area. Copy the objectives here. Evaluate the objective and rate it as poor, satisfactory, or exceptional. Explain why you chose that rating.

  • Difference between describing what students will do and what students will learn
    • Which is it? Is it a description of what they will do, or what they will learn? A learning goal is meant to specify the learning.
      • SWBAT complete a project analyzing the root causes of the Civil War.
      • I can thoughtfully answer comprehension questions at the end of the chapter.
      • SWBAT identify the main idea in an informational text.
      • SWBAT develop strategies to solve a two-step equation.
      • I can dissect a frog.

  • Practice writing objectives
    • Start with the standard (umbrella / big-picture learning)
    • Break it down into its components -- lesson-sized stepping stones (objectives are the sub-skills/pathways to get to the standard)
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11:00 - 11:10 - Break

11:00 - 11:30 - Continue work on objectives

11:30 - 12:00 - Housekeeping
  • Course Description/Syllabus
    • Important policies
      • Attendance (even the day before Thanksgiving break)
      • Communication
        • Check your GU email every day! (I don't work on Sundays; remind me after 48 hours)
        • Consult with the wiki, syllabus, other written materials, and your colleagues before asking logistical questions
      • Assessment
    • The wiki is your textbook
    • Three tech tools
      • Blackboard for course assignments
      • LiveText for fieldwork
      • Wiki for course notes and curriculum
  • Logistics
    • Join the wiki
    • Fingerprints/pre-residency
      • Badges when you are cleared. Deadline: August 31
    • Carpools to Garry

Other Reminders and Assignments:
  • For Thursday 9/1:
    • Bloom's Taxonomy - PET Assignment
      • Print your responses and bring a hard copy to class on Thursday
    • Read the syllabus and write down any questions (on the 221 main page)
    • Bring laptops again
    • Complete the pre-course survey - Link will be emailed to you this afternoon.