Wake/UTD PBL November Newsletter 2015
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Wake Forest School of Medicine and the University of Texas at Dallas School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have partnered to become the leading resource for schools and districts that want to systematically transform teaching by establishing standards of inquiry-based, authentic instruction. Our program supports teachers with tools to address everyday instructional concerns and provides Problem and Project-Based Learning resources to assist in designing rigorous learning environments to meet content standards.
Coaching Corner
Know thy impact daily!
We use this phrase often with teachers.  It is taken from John Hattie through his work with Visible Learning and the importance of planning for opportunities to formatively assess and provide feedback.  We believe this needs to happen for every student everyday.  Question: So how do I assess every student everyday? Well it begins with planning.  There are many strategies. For example, plan to take three-five minutes at the end of each class to ask students to summarize the ideas presented, to solve a sample problem, to apply information to a new situation or to write their reactions to the day's class.  This could be done through exit tickets, using technology tools such as blogs, or even through prompts that support substantive conversation between partners.  The goal here is to have an artifact that you assess and provide feedback.  Assessment can be for a grade or you might just check the artifact of those students who seemed to be struggling during the class.  Either way, this requires purposeful planning to make sure you allot the time needed and the best strategy to use.
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What's New
It has been a busy month already here at Wake/UTD PBL!  Our trainer, Kim Campbell, spoke at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics on November 5th in Greensboro, NC. She had a room full of eager participants ready to learn more about “Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Activate Student Growth”.  They discussed Inquiry and the Five Standards of Authentic Instruction as well as Problem and Project-Based Learning.  The session concluded with a hands-on PBL experience using the case “The Aquarium”.  It was a successful workshop and we are already looking forward to our next conference!
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