Carie Krueger, a teacher at Flower Mound 9th Grade Campus, is doing a remarkable job of building and running student-centered lessons. The collection of tools and strategies are woven together in a way that not only makes the “tech integration” seamless, but also transitions the ownership of the learning to the students. After visiting her classroom one day in February 2015, I have left reflecting on how she designs the learning environment of her classroom:
Do the students feel respected/valued/part of the whole group? Yes!
Do the students make decisions about resources, environment, or use of time? Yes and she scaffolds the choices to meet the needs of individuals
Do they have ownership in their learning? Yes!
AND NOW: on to the details of this ELA (9th grade) lesson
Title: What is more important … The Journey or the Destination?
Learning Objectives: Students will be able to
- make connections to literature, current events, and the thematic ideas of journey and destination.
- use personal connections from reading to become more worldly in their general knowledge and experiences so that information can be used when writing - using personal journeys and future goals/destinations.
- Reading & Discussion: "The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and the poem’s meaning and how it connected to our theme
- Writing: students build a journal entry about what felt was more important … the journey or the destination, and why?
- Plan: students use that journal entry as a springboard to what personal journey to an end goal they have for themselves.
- Create: students synthesize their story into a video creation using iMovie's trailers. Students collect and utilize personal pictures to represent their journey. Students also utilize text by composing a condensed version of what they wrote in their journal response.
- Share: students share their story through Google Classroom.
- Feedback & Discuss: students view videos and discuss each other's journeys and goals.
"This was a very fun project … not only did it allow students to take their writing beyond paper and pencil, but it gave students the opportunity to show off their personalities and goals for themselves. It allowed us to get to know each other even better through the sharing and discussions that took place throughout the project and presentations."