Reflecting on Action Plan

I am looking forward sharing our Action Plans in our final face-to-face this Friday. This link includes a summary and reflection of my Action Plan:

Learning inside and outside the classroom

Coming back from the holidays, student attendance has been extremely inconsistent in my mathematics courses. On any given day, I have up to 25% of my students away on: extended holiday, sporting events, appointments, and sick leave. While most course material and resources are posted on the course website, students do not fully benefit from the learning activities unless they are physically in class.

As part of my Cohort21 action plan, I want to experiment with additional ways to setup the course that allow for all students to have access to learning whether they are inside or outside the classroom. I want students to take part in this setup and make decisions on how they would like to consume the course.

As a first step in my action plan, I have tasked one of my grade nine classes with creating an Analytic Geometry video tutorial library. Once this library is complete, classmates can search through 30sec student generated videos that address their most FA(math)Q remotely.

I guess you can call this a flipped pǝddilℲ learning activity.

on my mind……….

what’s on my mind……..

I just returned from my weekly Friday evening meeting. For the past few months, we have been consulting with government officials and academics, preparing a TED talk, securing sponsors, generating cost analysis reports, outlining a marketing strategy, designing an autoCAD prototype, constructing a website, patent searching, and developing robot design specs.

No, I do not work for an R&D startup, nor do I work for a multinational technology and consulting corporation. Instead, I coach five 9-13 year old robotics students who are competing in two weeks at the Regional FLL Tournament. These students have the unique opportunity to taste authentic learning experiences within the field of science and technology; a glimpse into the world of innovation, design, and production. This professional exposure is invaluable in the educational development of these young individuals.

Can authentic professional learning opportunities be replicated from inside the exclusive robotics team into the classroom?…………….this is what’s on my mind.

friday meeting