As I read this chapter I was able to see correlation between this chapter and Dylan William’s next book Embedding Formative Assessment which are reading as part of the Galileo sessions with CBE. William (2011) gives examples of question shells on page 86. I really liked how there are examples given that show possible questions and… Continue reading Assessment FOR learning Through Effective Questioning
In grade 8, students study the Renaissance in Humanities and Mechanical Systems in Science. To bring these two ideas together, we decided to teach these units of study at the same time. Yesterday students began their inquiry into a chosen inventor from the Renaissance and the invention they created. Students will be tracing their invention… Continue reading The Leaving Footprints Project
I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning
In grade 8 math we study square roots/numbers and the Pythagorean Theorem. For their final assessment students found evidence of Pythagorean Theorem in their daily life. Students were assessed on their ability to: Stem 1. Connect concepts – find evidence of Pythagorean Theorem in their daily life Stem 4. Computation – correct calculations Stem 5.… Continue reading Wheel of Theodorus Project
In Science class we are currently learning about the cell and the students are working on creating a product to demonstrate their learning through analogies. Some students are writing a cell story, others are making a comic, a rap (or song), a newscast, etc. Each student has been given the opportunity to personalize his or… Continue reading The Cell Analogy
Currently in Grade 8 Math we are working on ratios, rates and proportions. Last week, through a series of lessons, scaffolding was used to increase students understanding of the concepts. This week students were given an assignment called “Let’s Plan a Feast”. The Original Plan Students would be given specific items and assigned to a… Continue reading Let’s Plan a Feast!
Final project season is in full swing. It’s been an interesting experience watching students adjust to the concept of less structure and more self-regulation. Throughout the year, students receive instruction, assignments, individual work, group work, etc. providing some sense of structure to the day. During the month of June, students are working on final projects everyday… Continue reading Final Projects
Below is an article written for the Legacy Magazine of the Department of Education at the University of Lethbridge during my final Internship during the Fall of 2013, you can also view the article here. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 When Justin Bechthold enrolled in his after degree B.Ed. program at the University of Lethbridge Faculty… Continue reading ALL ATWITTER in EDUCATION
In Science 10 this semester as a department we decided to flip the Science 10 classroom for the naming portion of the chemistry unit. Students were given videos to watch from home to learn how to name various ionic compounds and molecular compounds, then in class stations were set up to allow students to practice… Continue reading Science 10: The Flipped Classroom
Over the past week, students have been familiarizing themselves with Lewis theory, structural diagrams and areas of electron density to lead them to where we are today. As students have worked through concepts, and become masters, each concept crucial to the understanding of the next one, they have unknowingly been preparing for VSEPR Yoga! The… Continue reading VSEPR Yoga!