Archive for October 29, 2013

One Classroom’s Journey

head shot 3(1)This guest post is by Elizabeth Ebersole, Language Arts Teacher, Seattle Hebrew Academy.  She participated in this summer’s TAMRITZ badge-based professional development Digital Age Teaching course, which kicked off her synergy for transforming how learning happens in her classroom this year.  In this post, she reflected at the start of the school year on how she plans on approaching learning with her students.  Tweet Liz @LizTekkie to find out what has transpired in her classroom since this reflection.

In past years, I spent the first days/weeks of school talking about Learning Styles and Project-Based Learning. I would have my students take a Learning Styles Quiz on paper and then we would discuss the results and the project choices they would be able to make in order to show what they know. We would also set up their Readers’ Journals, which were marble composition books. I would distribute the workbooks we would use for Language Arts and the textbooks we would use for Social Studies. I would make copies of countless worksheets. I would introduce (or reintroduce) them to the “black bin” at the front of the room, which was the collection spot for all of their assignments.  Read more

Badge-Based Professional Development: Purposes & Possibiliites

Digital Age Teaching Course

Uber-MainThis past summer TAMRITZ welcomed six schools to the Digital Age Teaching, badge-based online professional development course, including the Epstein SchoolKehillah Schechter Academy, Krieger Schechter Day School, Moriah School, Portland Jewish Academy and Seattle Hebrew Academy.  The course provided educators an opportunity to take on the role of learner within a supportive, connected learning community.  Teachers and administrators were encouraged to embrace the modern learning ethos for the course, which is based on principles of game-like learning, principles of connected learning and project-based learning.

Ethos of Course:

  • Hard fun Challenge yourself, solve problems and embrace interests.
  • Play: Learn through tinkering and welcome a messy process.
  • Flow:  Engage joyously and take satisfaction in creative accomplishments
  • Fail fast, fail forward:  Fail for fun and learn through multiple iterations.
  • Collective wisdom:  Stand on the shoulders of your colleagues.
  • Naches: Take pride and joy in helping others succeed.
  • Curiosity:  Create a “need to know” in learners.
  • Generosity: Share, participate, comment and engage.  Read more