Courageous Edventures: Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation

Courageous Edventures: Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation

by Jennie Magiera

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ISBN-13: 9781506318349
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 823,787
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jennie Magiera always knew she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Throughout all of her roles starting as a Chicago Public Schools teacher to currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, she always made teaching and supporting students her priority. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. She is also passionate about transforming professional learning, which she’s personally championed through her work on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s 2016 National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Jennie has earned degrees from Phillips Exeter Academy, Columbia University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can find Jennie on Twitter at @Ms Magiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.

Table of Contents

About the Author
1. Come on in, the Future’s Fine
Me and the Three Little Pigs
From Houses to Ships
What Is Innovation?
Two Compass Options: The SAMR and TIM Frameworks
Deciding When to Use SAMR and When to Use TIM
Setting a Course for Innovation
2. Problem-Based Learning: It’s Not Just for Kids
Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan: An Individualized Education Program for Teachers
Identifying the Problem of Practice
Defining the Problem of Practice
Stepping Up to a Solution
Critical Friends
3. Getting Your Students Ready
Learning to SAIL: Student Innovation Teams
Don’t Touch
Go Slow
Be Kind
Staying Safe on the Open Sea: Digital Citizenship
What Is Digital Citizenship?
Respect for Ourselves
Respect for Others
4. Getting Your Materials Ready
Let the Students Lead the Way
Build a Management System
Rewrite Your Supply List
Tech Is Not a Treat
Less Is More
5. Falling in Love With Failure
Calling Forth Your Courage
Failing Forward
Student Failure
Teacher Failure
System Failure
6. Digging Into Differentiation
Problem: So Many Ability Groups, So Little Time
Suggestion: Clone the Teacher
Problem: Keeping Students Engaged During Small-Group Time
Suggestion 1: Choose Your Own Adventure Time
Suggestion 2: Self-Differentiating Challenges
Suggestion 3: Critical Friends
Problem: Finding Developmentally Appropriate Differentiated Content
Suggestion 1: Create Your Own Content
Suggestion 2: Digital Resources
Problem: How Do I Disseminate Materials to Students and Collect Their Work? (aka Digital Workflow)
Suggestion 1: Learning Management System
Suggestion 2: Google Classroom
Suggestion 3: Class Websites, QR Codes, and Google Forms
7. Rethinking Assessment
Problem: I Hate Grading!
Suggestion 1: Digital Student Response Software
Suggestion 2: Learning Management Systems Assessments
Suggestion 3: Online Forms
Problem: I Need to Differentiate Assessments Based on Individualized Education Program Accommodations and/or Modifications
Suggestion: Screencast Assessments
Problem: My Students Have a Hard Time Self-Assessing
Suggestion 1: Metacognitive Screencasting
Suggestion 2: Digital Portfolios
The Draw of Google Drawings
Problem: Teaching Students How to Give Peer Feedback
Suggestion 1: Google Drive
Suggestion 2: Google Drive and Google Forms
Suggestion 3: Blogging and Quadblogging
Accountability Without Assessment: Gamification and Achievement Badges
8. Creating a Positive Classroom Environment
Problem: Creating a Culture of Respect and Collaboration
Suggestion 1: Mood Check-Ins
Suggestion 2: Class Dojo for Encouraging Positive Action
Suggestion 3: Using Music to Set the Mood
Problem: Supporting Struggling Students
Suggestion 1: Blogging
Suggestion 2: Positivity Timelines
Problem: Communicating With Families
Suggestion 1: Class Dojo for Communication
Suggestion 2: Google Forms
Suggestion 3: Digital Newsletters/Class Blog
9. Planning for Powerful Learning
Problem: Finding Curricular Resources
Suggestion 1: Pinterest and Edu Clipper
Suggestion 2: Twitter and Google+
Suggestion 3: Blogs!
Problem: Scheduling Time for Collaborative Team Planning
Suggestion 1: Google Calendar
Suggestion 2:
Suggestion 3: Google Hangouts
Problem: Vertical Alignment—What’s the Rest of the School Teaching?
Suggestion 1: Google Drive
Suggestion 2: Shared Calendars
10. Power to the Pupil
Cultivate Curiosity: How Do I Build Curiosity?
Sorting Your Questions: Questdones and Questruns
Outwit Obstacles: How Do I Teach Perseverance?
Purposeful Playtime: How Do I Find the Time for Purposeful Play?
Reimagined Centers
20% Time
Open Scheduling
Bringing the Purpose to the Playtime: Entering Creation Station
Reflect, Reflect, Reflect
11. Discovering the Power of Voice
Amplifying Our Students
Step 1: Finding Their Inner Voice—Blogs Versus Diaries
Step 2: Sharing Their Voice With Others—Building Classroom Discussions and Backchanneling
Step 3: Teacher-Moderated Sharing—Dipping a Toe Into Social Media
Step 4: Opening the Garden Walls—Diving Into Social Media
12. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Revisiting Problem-Based Learning
Digging in to Problem-Based Learning
Step 1: Finding the Problem-Based Essential Question
Step 2: Developing the Challenge
Step 3: Rising to the Challenge
Step 4: Showcasing the Learning
The Role of the Teacher
Problem-Based Learning Spotlight—Kid TREK: A Safe Journey App for Students
The Student Becomes the Master
13. Evaluating Your Practice
Looping in Your Critical Friend
Revisiting the SAMR and TIM Frameworks
Leveling Up With the SAMR Model
Approaching the Three Dimensions of the TIM
Sharing Your Adventure
Taking It a Step Further: Presenting Your Story
14. Staying Inspired and Finding Support
Creating a Professional Learning Network That Works
Professional Learning Communities and Professional Learning Networks
Cultivating Constructive Conflict
A Shared Space
Teacher-Led Learning Events
Ed Camps
Formal Learning Events
Step 1: Go With a Goal in Mind
Step 2: Keep a Three-Dance Card
Step 3: Recruit Allies and Use Collaborative Tools
Step 4: Schedule Time With Yourself to Debrief Individually
Step 5: Pay It Forward
15. Planning Your Next Edventure
Be Your Own Hero
Don’t Get Comfortable
Channel Your Inner Student
Share Your Crazy Pills
Appendix A- Challenge Card Template
Appendix B- Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan (TIEP)

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