Communication Skills Module

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The Timeframe: 45 minutes working with your PLC Team

The Module Objectives:

  • Objective 1 – Evaluate several example lesson plans targeting one of the 4 C’s.
  • Objective 2 – Develop an activity to be used in class leveraging the target skill.
  • Objective 3 – Evaluate the lesson based on the NYSUT Rubric.

The Learning:

1) Read: Click the link below to download a PDF file containing examples of how to embed Collaboration into instruction in a wide range of content areas (these exemplars come from the curriculum maps).

Screen Shot 2013-01-30 at 5.03.30 PM2) Reflect: Consider the following two questions and jot down your responses on paper.

  • Identify one new idea that made you think based on the information related to your content area.
  • Identify one interdisciplinary idea you gleaned from the information related to a different content area.

3) Plan: Develop a lesson plan or activity leveraging the 21st Century Skill you have been learning about.

4) Evaluate: With a colleague, share your responses to the following two discussion prompts.

  • Analyze the quality of your lesson plan based on the NYSUT Rubric (use the Cheat Sheet).
  • Identify evidence from at 2-3 NYSUT Rubric indicators that indicate your planned lesson would receive an “Effective” or “Highly Effective” rating.

Screen Shot 2013-01-30 at 4.52.25 PM PostIn the comment section below, post your responses to the following three questions.

  • Write the MVP (most valuable point) from today’s learning.
  • Describe the lesson you have planned.
  • Identify the indicators from the NYSUT Rubric it addresses.

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Optional Extension Activities:

  • Develop a lesson the integrates multiple 21st Century Learning Skills.
  • Collaborate with a colleague to plan a lesson the requires groups of students from different classes to work interdependently.

More Collaborative Learning ResourcesClick this link to explore collaboration resources on the http://www.edutopia website.

More Examples: Click here for links to all the P21 curriculum maps for each content area. Each map has dozens of examples and tips to help us on this journey.

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