25 June 2012

Buck Institute: Day 1 Deliverable

I'm getting some Problem-based learning (PBL) training straight from the Buck Institute less than 2 miles from my house! Free bonus: a longtime #langchat buddy is helping deliver the instruction!

Speaking of delivery, we're to come away from each of the 3 sessions with a "deliverable," or a demonstration that we can sort of submit to show what we've learned. Today's was a gallery walk of potential projects we came up with.

Some suggested sources of inspiration for these projects were...
  • community
  • current events
  • real-world problems
  • content standards
I'm not sure which I'd say I really started with. Liliana (@senoralopez) suggested starting with a personal forte, mentioning technology. I had been thinking of coming up with a unit so I could teach students to use my favorite Web 2.0 tools, so I took it a step further, tying in a little community and real-world problems, bringing in the local middle school ESL class and the need to expose middle schoolers to valuable online tools. Plus learning a few memorized commands like haz clic and mira arriba and the like fit in with common core standards for novices.

Types of projects suggested include...
  • exploration of philosophical question
  • investigation of a historical event/time period, or a natural phenomenon
  • problem-solving situation
  • examination of controversial issues
  • challenge to design, plan, produce or create something
And then, we created TUBRICS! (little tube devices to help us form driving questions--make your own!)

And so, I present my first day deliverable displayed for today's gallery walk:

Project title: La red es tu amigo

Project idea: Spanish I (and II?) students choose their favorite Web 2.0 tool (from my amazing colleague-to-be, @EngTeachChick's list, most likely) to teach to ESL middle schoolers

Driving question: How can we, as successful students, plan a small-group presentation to prepare middle schoolers to use Web 2.0 tools to enhance their learning?

Connections to Language & Literacy
NL.CLL.1.1 Use single words and simple, memorized phrases to express needs, preferences, and feelings.
NL.CLL.1.3 Use a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to ask memorized questions and express ideas or thoughts with prompting and modeling.
NL.CLL.2.1 Understand the meaning of simple, spoken greetings, words, and phrases, when accompanied by visual clues and/or prompts, as needed.
NL.CLL.2.2 Understand the meanings of spoken words that are similar to those in the students’ language.
NL.CLL.2.3 Identify written words and phrases that are similar to words and phrases in the students’ language.
NL.CLL.2.4 Interpret phrases, commands, simple questions and descriptions that are presented with accompanying gestures, intonations, and other visual and auditory clues
NL.CLL.2.5 Recognize vocabulary and syntax of single words and simple memorized phrases in the target language.
NL.CLL.3.1 Use single words and simple, memorized phrases in presentations to identify the names of people, places, and things.
NL.CLL. 3.3Use appropriate pronunciation to present memorized phrases.
NL.CLL.4.3 Recognize examples of cognates and loan words.

Connections to Other Disciplines
NL.COD.1.1 Carry out simple exchanges of information using memorized content vocabulary.
NL.COD.1.2 Use single words and simple, memorized phrases to express classroom needs, preferences, and feelings.
NL.COD.2.1 Understand how to respond to simple, memorized questions in the target language that focus on key concepts in classroom activities and different content areas.
NL.COD.2.2 Compare the vocabulary of the target and students’language in different content areas.
NL.COD.2.3 Recognize words in groups from other disciplines.
NL.COD.3.1 Use single words and simple, memorized phrases...to present to an audience
NL.COD.3.2 Use single words and simple, memorized phrases to name common objects and actions related to other disciplines.
NL.COD.3.3 Use readily available technology tools and digital literacy skills to present in the target language.
NL.COD.4.2 Recognize examples of cognates and loan words from the target language in other disciplines.

NL.CMT.1.1 Use single words and simple, memorized phrases to carry out simple interactions with people from the target culture...
NL.CMT.2.1 Recognize single words and simple, memorized phrases from media in the language community.

Major student projects: 
  • Wiki of useful technology vocab
  • How-to steps
  • Screen shots for guide
  • Video guide
  • Glog instructions
  • Partnered practice lesson
  • Small-group presentation

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