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Look, Think, Act, Evaluate

A practical approach to team teaching and project based learning.

 

What is needed to make it work

  • Web access.
  • Classroom teacher evangelists.
  • Josefowicz Associates to set up a web based Pub Center communication infrastructure.

 

How does it work

  • Each teaching unit is organized around a project that engages the students to learn by doing.

 

  • The classroom teachers collaborate with JA, using Pub Center to design a practical classroom strategy to implement this approach.

 

  • As the students start to develop trust in network communications, it's time to introduce the specific projects. Students will be able to do more, by taking advantage of the "social capital" that has been created by their practice with web communications.

 

  • The teacher's job is manage and define the strategy for the students in their classroom, grow the trust in networked communications, guide the students as they move through their projects, and to make sure students have the information they need, when they are ready for it.

 

  • JA's job is to help the teacher develop teams and appropriate projects, by hosting and managing the web communications.

 

Step 1

JA will set up a class Pub Center and train the teacher in it's use.

Step 2

Either in class, or before class each student signs up and writes a description of their interests. In some cases this will require some encouragement and help. In class, encourage discussion of their interests and goals - both for the course and for their lives. A wiki will be set up to collect and manage the students' writing.

Step 3

As interests are revealed, the teachers and JA look, think about each student.

Step 4

Start projects with very clear instructions and very short timelines to begin with. As the year progresses, the students take more of a role in defining the projects with longer timelines.

Step 5

Based on the writing posted around the first and second projects, think about what needs to be fixed in the teams, what information do they need to succeed, what functionalities do they need to succeed.

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