Bookmarked Four Learning Models That Are Working in Remote (and Concurrent) Classrooms Right Now by By AJ Juliani (A.J. JULIANI)

One of the most amazing things to come out of the past year of remote and concurrent/hybrid learning has been the sharing of various learning models that work in our current situation. Many of these

AJ Juliani discusses four models for structuring learning offsite:

  • Station Rotation
  • Choice Boards
  • Playlists
  • E5 ( Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate)

As Juliani highlights, the challenge is identifying the right model for your context:

For Hybrid A/B learning I would have all of the students at home be in one group (Group 1) while breaking up the students in-class into two separate groups (Group 2 and Group 3). However, if your situation is such that you have at home hybrid students and full-time virtual students that group may have to be split in two.

These are discussed further in Catlin Tuckerโ€™s new Advancing with Blended and Online Learning Course.

Liked What Project-Based Learning Looks Like In A High School Classroom by By AJ Juliani (A.J. JULIANI)

Since going through those first few PBL experiences, Iโ€™ve had my perspective and bias towards teaching and learning changed many times. When I have conversations with other educators about moving towards PBL or Genius Hour, I hear many of the same questions I had when I started.

Turns out, the best advice, insight, and perspective came from other teachers doing this type of teaching and learning in their classrooms. Below I share some stories that were included in The PBL Playbook of veteran high school teachers doing the work.

Replied to How to Use Learning Goals to Pick the Right Technology Tools by By AJ Juliani (A.J. JULIANI)

In an effort to acknowledge and combat the Edtech Hype Cycle, letโ€™s talk about the learning first, while realizing technology is a part of our lives and is here to stay (and will always be evolving!).

I am glad that you have pushed beyond SAMR AJ. I have tinkered with the Modern Learning Canvas in the past and, like Trudacot, like the way in which it allows you to capture the wider context. In the end, EdTech is an enabler, the conversation I think we need to be having is how it then impacts and integrates with some of the other areas. From this perspective, I find Doug Belshaw’s essential elements of digital literacies a useful provocation for digging deeper.
Liked The Struggle to Do Work That Matters Is Real (And Worth It) (A.J. JULIANI)

When you can match your passion with a contribution to the world in some way or form, it becomes purposeful, meaningful, and worth the struggle.

Keep scratching your itch and doing work that matters, even when you find your self in a place of doubt and frustration. It is worth it, not only for you, but for the countless others that will benefit.

Bookmarked How to Run A Teacher Innovation Pitch At Your School (A.J. JULIANI)

The four questions I keep coming back to again and again when thinking about how to grow a culture of innovation are:

What do we allow for?

What do we make time for?

What do we support?

What do we celebrate and measure?

This comes back to ideas associated with distributed leadership and disciplined collaboration.
Liked Yes, Project-Based Learning Gets Kids Ready for the Test (and so much more) (A.J. JULIANI)

Iโ€™d ask anyone who is criticizingย PBL in the classroom to talk to the teachers and students who have had this opportunity. Iโ€™d ask them to look at what students are creating, making, and building during this time. Iโ€™d ask them to talk to the parents about their studentsโ€™ attitude towards learning.

I give two answers to the question above:

Try it for a day and see what happens. Start small and build from there.
Teach through the project, instead of using the project as an โ€œend-of-unitโ€ assessment that takes more time than a multiple choice test. When kids learn during the project, the time constraint goes away.

Bookmarked 3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class (A.J. JULIANI)

Differentiation definitely makes sense, but again the question is HOW to do it in a class of 27 students.

AJ Juliani shares three strategies to support differentiation:

  • Assess the Process, Not the Product
  • Flip the Lecture, Flexible Groups the Following Day
  • Pick-Your-Station Activity
Bookmarked How the Heck Do You Grade Choice-Based Learning? (A.J. JULIANI)

Portfolios helped me visually see where my students were struggling and where they were exceeding my expectations. Portfolios also allowed for student choice in the assessment process, which as we know lead to student engagement and ownership of their learning.

Juliani provides a useful reflection on using Understanding by Design and PBL together.