Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blog Post #11

Back to the Future
In this video, Brian Crosby presented the "High Hopes" project that he did with his high risk students. The students were considered high risk because a lot of them were on free lunch and their parents were from foreign countries and the students could not speak English that well. Most of them did not know what country they were from. The "High Hopes" project was a project that incorporated Language Arts, Science, Art, English, even a little History. The students learned about how hot air balloons worked through science projects and blogging. I really enjoyed watching this video and thought that this project was extremely creative. The students even posted their high hopes online and then opened them up for the world to post their high hopes as well. I will defiantly be using this project in my classroom in the future.

Blended Learning Cycle
In this video Paul Anderson explains his learning cycle. It is comprised of six parts:
1. Question
2. Investigation/Inquiry
3. Video
4. Elaboration
5. Review
6. Summary Quiz

Making Thinking Visible
This was a short video by Mark Church explaining a little bit about what his book is about. He had his students get into small groups and discussed the early human beginnings. The students discussed the topic and then put a saying on a banner that was related to the topic. At the end of the project, the students got out their banners again and see if they had the same opinion or question. I like this idea because the students were able to see how much they learned and how their opinion changed.

Super Digital Citizen
This project was a great idea on how to teach digital courtesy and safety. The students in Sam Payne's 4th grade classroom created a superhero and a comic that helped in keeping the digital world safe. The students seemed very engaged and were very eager to share their projects. I really liked that the students were so interested about the project and sharing what they created and reading what the other students have come up with. I would really like to know what app that the Mr. Payne used to create the comics and use it in my classroom. At the end of the video, there were some learning takeaways that I want to share:
1. Write narratives to develop imagined experiences or events
2. Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to text
3. Ask and answer questions

Project Based Learning
In this video, three Canadian teachers have combined their classrooms. The students learn through projects that engage them more than the segmented and separated classrooms do. To my surprise, the teachers said that they actually had more time to give the students individual feedback. Moreover, the students appreciated and took more pride in their projects and worked harder to complete them correctly.

Roosevelt Elementary's PBL Program
The students and parents in this video seemed to very pleased with the PBL classroom learning environment. The teachers and parents spoke about how much their students and children are benefiting from this PBL classroom.  They even said that the community was coming together more because of the PBL classroom. The benefits were:

    Image of Project Based Learning
  • The students were learning real-world problem solving and skills
  • Students are able to show that they really understand the topic
  • Self motivation
  • Public speaking
  • They learn to support each other and work together
  • Collaboration skills with other students and teachers
  • The teachers are able to teach multiple subjects in one project


  1. Jesse
    Thank you so much for the comment on Mackenna's Blog in New Zealand regarding Easter. Its a fantastic thing when you can encourage a student with their writing and leaving positive feedback for them is a excellent encouragement from anywhere in the world.
    Mr Webb and Room Three, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand

  2. Google Images is not an adequate source. That picture came from some website.

  3. Jesse,
    The video or post that I found to be the most informative was the Blended Learning Cycle by Paul Anderson. This was due to how he was able to step out each process and explain each step based on its importance to the Blended Learning Cycle.