After recently attending the Leading Digital Schools conference I wondered how to incorporate the elements I'd learnt into our Year 1 classroom. With Information Texts, on my plan for the next few weeks I decided that I could use this writing structure to engage the strategies I'd learnt at the conference including flipped learning, Genius Hour and 21st Century learning.
With social skills, modelling, accountability and cooperation being of a high importance, I decided that I would take pieces of the strategies and merge them together to infuse the learning program. This also gave me a chance to experiment and see if these pedagogies would suit our class and engage students more in their learning.
To begin, I started with the Curriculum. I asked myself, 'What is the best way to engage students in the learning and how best can I offer them opportunities to succeed?. I decided to start with a backward planning approach, I thought of the end outcome. I needed students to be able to write an engaging and interesting information text with detail. My next step, was to determine how I'd get them to that point, they'd need to know the content (hence came in the research element of Genius Hour and flipped learning), they'd need to know how to structure their text and also what was expected of them in their final product. I also wondered at the beginning, how would I motivate students, keep them on track and also engaging with their peers.
This thought process lead me to decide upon framing the assignment through Book Creator, using Explain Everything videos to fuel the flipped learning. I also decided that I wanted the students interests to pave the way for the assignment.
We started with a whole class discussion, a week prior, where I asked the students what they'd like to learn about. Their questions about the world were exciting, they were so curious and jumped with anticipation at what they'd like to learn about. We came to a conclusion that they'd like to learn about rocks and other things in the earth, why they're here and what they're used for.
We discussed that to assist them in their research and to ensure there were videos to help them engage in learning, we'd narrow it down to three items. To guide their learning and also allow for experimentation with this structure of teaching and learning, we came down to a framework for research.
Below,I have attached a screenshot of the backward planning approach that kicked off the assignment with basic ideas to build on. There are also examples of videos used to fuel the learning and the setup of the assignment for students.
So far, we are half way through this learning and the ideas, writing and excitement has amazed me! I will definitely consider using a similar framework again to support students and engage them in learning.
Access the planning template here.
- Miss Dodds
Old fashioned teaching and learning has a time and place still in the classroom. However, our students are growing up in a world immersed in technology. Not only do we need to provide them with skills to cope in this growing tech-filled environment, but we can also enhance their ability to learn content through creative, digital formats.