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