Throughout the semester, we will engage in many small group discussions and a variety other types of learning experiences. While I will lead many, so you will have opportunities to design and lead experiences as well.
The ED253 class is divided into four (4) learning communities responsible for planning and engaging the whole class in three (3) learning experiences (~30 minutes) based on the assigned reading(s) for that week. Assigned readings are posted on the course calendar: Click on Calendar & Agendas
Readings will be assigned from the selection of the eReadings. The Schedule for these learning experiences is available under the Learning Communities tab on the ED253 Course website.
Assignment dates vary by learning community. However, Learning Experience BlogPost summaries are due at midnight on the Friday following classroom learning experiences.
Your contribution to the development and staging of your class learning experiences will be assessed using the Learning Experience Assessment Rubric. Responsibilities include your:
- Demonstrated understanding of assigned reading(s);
- Contributions to the design of the class learning experiences;
- Contributions and participation in the staging of the class learning experiences;
- Learning Experience BlogPost summary.
Lx BlogPost –> Summarize the learning experiences to include discussions of:
- The reading;
- What your LC chose to emphasize and why;
- The design of the learning experience (include links to shared material such as a Google Slide);
- Your contributions to the design of the learning experience;
- Your responsibilities during the learning experience; and
- References consulted for the learning experience.
(Approximately 500 words)
Designing & Leading Discussions
Below please find links to a range of websites with pedagogical ideas and tools to consider as you design and plan your learning experiences.
- Teaching ideas from Facing History
- The Teacher Toolkit! | Engaging techniques for effective teaching
- Activators and Summarizers – Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything
- Group work and teamwork
- Discussion-based teaching
- Preparing For Discussion
- Instructional Strategies – Teaching Excellence & Educational Excellence