The Wraparound Learning Experience

12 Sep

The Wraparound Learning Experience < Teaching Channel.

8.16.11–21st Century Learning Elements Interactive

After our last teacher’s meeting, many were amused and appreciative of the role-playing by Nash, Matt and Nicole.  However, the resounding question was, “But what does that look like at the primary level?”

The link above will take you to an example lesson where a 2nd grade teacher walks the viewer through her planning thought processes and demonstrates a lesson that encompasses many skill building techniques.  The techniques she uses easily help to reinforce some of the 21st Century Learning Elements we’ve been discussing throughout the district.  I’ve attached that document for your reference.  It can also be found on the SAU 15 21st Century Learning Wiki (the link is on the menu bar at the top of this blog).  I’ve posted the Interactive Elements specifically for those that are still unsure of exactly what the elements are.  This document provides a number of resources, video, audio, and written, that will clearly explain the background to each.  Enjoy, and don’t be afraid to comment.  We will learn from each other!  What you consider second nature, my be difficult and overwhelming to another.

Best,

Drew

6 Responses to “The Wraparound Learning Experience”

  1. Kimberly Newcomb September 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    I really enjoyed watching her lesson. I am looking forward to trying a lesson similiar to this one. I am amazed how she moved seamlessly from one activity to the other while still intergrating a lot of technology.

  2. Anita Field September 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    So Many things came to mind when watching this video. When the video started I was listening to her and yet scanning what else was in the background while she was teaching. The first thought I had was the child on the desk and would they explain him. I was very interested by how she handled this child and how she allowed him to have his feeling of safety yet still managed to keep him engaged and interacting with others. The other thing that I really liked was that there were so many opportunities for children to move but yet stay focused on the topic by sharing their thoughts and opinions on the given topic. The fact that she took a simple picture book and really pulled so much information out of it was kind of amazing. I know that many of us stop during read alouds and ask students questions but I felt that she never stopped and the way the students just fed off of this was wonderful to watch at the same time. When continuing to tune into this video her use of technology was not all that much which was kind of nice to see. I liked that she used the book and blew it up that yes their was music playing but her lesson was more focused on the children’s interaction with the story and their working together to talk and brainstorm more about folk tales and all that entailed with this story. I feel that yes it was nice that she had the whiteboard, but ultimately her lesson would have probably been just as powerful.
    My second thought which only made me slightly giggle was if they had fire marshalls in her district. I literally couldn’t stop looking at the christmas lights, rugs, or all the walls lined with posters. I just hope its all fire retardent :). I loved that she talked about how she made her classroom feel safe and comfortable with the rugs, and sofas I was very envious. I I do find truth in what she is saying and I’m sure like many others in the building we would like our rugs back. However, we know this will not happen so we must move forward and focus on other aspects that can help our students feel safe and comfortable. So that’s my post covering a little of this and a little of that. 🙂

  3. Karena Cosgrove September 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I really enjoyed watching someone who took the time to really delve deep into a subject. She used the knee partners to activate prior knowledge and when she started the lesson she asked questions that got the students really thinking about how to find answers while reading or questions that she helped to answer later. The lesson was cross curricular (that spelling looks wrong but I’m going with it!) which need to happen more at our level. We spend so much time teaching reading and math and then complain that there is no time to teach science and social studies. These subjects should not be taught in a vaccum! That is not how real life works and it is not 21st century thinking. This teacher’s use of technology to enrich the lesson was great. She could have taught that lesson without technology if she needed to but how helpful to keep students more engaged in their learning.

  4. J. Andrew Bairstow September 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Thanks for commenting, Mary Lou. I agree with you completely. I especially appreciate how seamlessly she integrates technology within her lesson. The focus of the lesson was on the reading, critical thinking and collaboration. It included technology, but it was not “all about” the technology.

    • Mary Lou Donahoe September 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Exactly. That is why her strategies can be applied to kindergarten and first grade classroom as well. The technology piece was used “in conjunction” with her book, the same book she was holding on her hand.

  5. Mary Lou Donahoe September 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Terrific! She is engaging, animated and considers her student’s learning styles which is very important. I liked how she said she uses her Louisiana roots to connect to her student’s lives. How terrific is that! I liked also how she was not afraid to ask for her student’s feedback. How empowering. I liked the fact she called the student “on the spot” and moved on. I think sometimes we have the students clip up or down but there’s not true explanation. It is best to have reparation and solve any conflicts “right on the spot” and move on! Thank you. Terrific lesson and video.

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