The following Coaching Chronicles was created by our High School Collaboration Coaches as their reflection on the 2010-2011 school year.
Collaboration Coaching at AJHS has allowed us to better use our instructional time and resources to effectively engage and inspire students. Through training sessions and frequent interactions, we have been able to share ideas, receive encouragement, and seek guidance on lesson plans. In looking forward we anticipate creating a stronger support system, increasing student achievement and accountability, and discovering resources to better teach 21st Century skills.
Created by Elizabeth Francois, Sandy Rollefstad, and Jerry Paterson.
What I appreciated was their understanding for collaborating and building professional learning communities. Prezis spread like wildfires in the classrooms because the students were given opportunities to engage in more mediums, and teachers started having conversations about what was working in their classrooms. Those conversations led to trying new things to focus on the learners.
OK Go and Rube Goldberg
Physics students were given the task to build Rube Goldberg Machines. Kids were engaged as they watched the OK Go "This Too Shall Pass" video. But who knew so much physics were involved? AJHS teacher Sandy Rollefstad did, and she used it to ignite interest in learning.
Rollefstad's students grappled the physics and collaboration to create their own Rube Goldberg Machines.
Student reflection-- Q: "How do you feel this project helped you learn about physics and simple machines?"
- A: It broke it down to make it more understandable for me. Not just a video and a test on it.
- A: I really loved this project because it was a perfect project for a kinesthetic learner like me. It helped me understand the six simple machines as well as many of the properties of physics.
- A: We got to learn more about physics and simple machines from it because we used them to power and successfully/unsuccessfully run our Rube Goldberg machines. :-)
|Panda + Lion = "Landa"|
"We were charged with the task of realistically hybridizing two living organisms, and to treat the resultant species as if it were an actual evolutionary path," explained AJHS student Ty.
It was amazing to listen to the students discuss what would happen if they actually created a new hybrid breed, and defend/debate the best traits and behaviors of their hybrid.
Those same students asked Mrs. Rollefstad to create a class blog for them to share their ideas with others. She wasn't going to hold them back.
She created an Edublogs class blog, which is ran by the students with teacher supervision.
It's been almost twenty-five years since I was in high school, and I only remember a few brief moments of innovative learning, but never anything like this. I predict they will remember this twenty-five years from now.
- What innovative learning will your students remember twenty-five years from now?
- How is the focus shifting from teaching to learning in your classrooms?
- Is there anything I should add to this, or anything you want to add?