Last time I talked more generally about what I do (and what I hope to do), so this time I’ll talk about specifics: what can I do for K-12 teachers? One of the things I’ve been doing over the past week was talking to different teachers in BC about what they thought of the new BC curriculum (does it work? Is it bull?) and what would help teachers the most in a pro-d day workshop. On the BC curriculum front, I’ll report more on my findings in a later post. Today I’ll focus on the later part: if I were to offer a workshop in a pro-d day, what would help teachers the most?
So far, all the teachers I’ve talked to converged on MODEL LESSONS ON SPECIFIC TOPICS. And a model lesson should be crystal clear on:
Based on the input I got from teachers, I’m working on making several lessons in the data visualization (or more simply put, graphing) unit. I’m aiming to put ONE concept in one lesson so that each lesson is “bite-sized”. Some lessons target lower grade levels (3 or 4) and others will target higher grade levels (10 to 12). Here's an idea of what the lessons will cover:
I will make these lessons freely available online when they’re ready. Also, I plan to condense these lessons into smaller model lessons for pro-d day settings.