Thought this was a great read from Connected Principals- enjoy! Mark
As part of my district’s plan to realign our curriculum with the Common Core State Standards (which we are calling the C4 Project, for Cheltenham Common Core Curriculum), I will be developing a Toolkit for Principals. Each month, I will prepare a four-part package of resources and activities they can use both for their own professional development and as part of faculty meetings with their staff members. The four parts each month will be
Though these kits will be geared heavily towards the particular needs of our own district, I thought others might find them useful, and so I’ll be posting them here. Enjoy, and please do give me feedback on what is working and what you’d like to see in future toolkits!
January Toolkit: Focus on Transfer
Before the next faculty meeting, begin by reading this article from Grant Wiggins’ Blog: Learning about learning from soccer.
Consider these questions as you read:
Try one or both of these activities in a faculty or team meeting:
Transfer in Practice
Thinking about Understanding
(Adapted from an activity in the Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook)
Understanding is a key prerequisite (or at least a co-requisite) of transfer. So what do we mean when we say someone “understands” something? Think about these quotes, then in a small group write a statement that completes this phrase: “Someone who understands…”
Men just don’t understand women!
I didn’t really understand it until I had to use it.
Although I disagree, I can understand the opposition’s point of view.
She knows the answer but doesn’t understand why it is correct.
Each day this month, try one of these simple techniques for focusing on transfer in the classroom:
Here are a few more resources on transfer that you can check out if you want to learn more or dig deeper:
Coming next month…
You may be asking, “This is all well and good, but what does it have to do with the Common Core?” In the next toolkit, we will make the connection explicit and explore how transfer plays a key role in successfully implementing the Standards.
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