Small Shifts, Big Impact

Closing the Gap to Empowered Learning
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Title:
Small Shifts, Big Impact: Closing the Gap to Empowered Learning
Subject:
All
Grade:
Any
Time Frame:
1 hour - informational session
1/2 day - general session
Full day - "make" session
Summary:
How large is the gap that truly exists between the real and ideal for learners? Are there ways to “tweak” (small shift) instruction that will enlist students as deep questioners, critical thinkers and effective problem-solvers (big impact)? What if we created a “Destination Postcard” of the ideal learner, and designed learning experiences from there? Join this Switch-inspired think-tank on lesson design and implementation strategies that empower students to think and act their way to the acquisition and connection of content while developing enduring learning dispositions.
Tasks:

Objectives:
1/2 Day:
Participants will engage in discussion and consider activities designed to help educators:

Consider content acquisition as a vehicle for learning (means not end).
Create a classroom of “disruptive technologists,” seeking learner-driven ways to leverage digital tools, environments and processes.
Apply concepts from Switch (Chip & Dan Heath) to identify “small shift / big impact” possibilities in lesson (re)design.

Full Day:
In addition to the objectives of the 1/2 day session, participants engaged in full day session will identify resources and carefully craft activities to support a single, on-going small shift in their practice, student learning, or the culture of their learning community.
Assessment:

Resources:

Examples:




Discussion:

Use the Embed Widget tool to add a Discussion Area widget. Bump the number to 100. This will take the comments from the discussion tab and add them to the bottom of the page. This will encourage teacher reflection and modification.

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