Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Authentic Audience

A huge shout out to Emily Bryant for sharing her Education Internship Program and the work they
did with Authentic Audience during their Culture and Barriers Project!

Here are some resources to help you get started thinking about the use of audience throughout the learning process:

EIP Culture and Barrier Project Map
30% Feedback Audience Email
30% Feedback Feedback Form

How have you used audience within the learning process? Please add your thoughts on the comments below.

Friday, December 2, 2016

15 Second Vocabulary

Thank you Chris Anderson and Lori Riedel for sharing how 15 Second Videos can make a big impact on vocabulary!

If you were unable to attend, the resources are below. If you have students creating 15 second videos, please share on the comments below!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Make Videos Collaborative

Today's session is all about increasing Learner Agency and giving students the opportunity to process video and scaffolding the learning environment for student led discussion.

Session Resources:
Collaborative Notes 
Video Resource
Slides (Speaker) Notes

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Literacy Jay Walk

LHS is building a culture of sharing which will be felt all across the school as many teachers have offered to open their doors to highlight their learning environments with peers! Twitter and Instagram users, be sure to include #lpsleads and #lhsjayway.

At the start of the Plan Hour we will meet in 600 Conference Room (5 minutes)

Teachers will be visiting multiple classrooms (20 minutes) taking special note of the literacy environment through...

  • I noticed:
    • Literacy Environment: What evidence of reading and writing are in the classroom? (i.e. word wall, display student work, Graphic organizers, etc)
    • Literacy strategies (vocabulary, read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading): What strategies are being used?  Why is the strategy a good fit at this time?
    • Text complexity: how does the lesson support learners that find the text too easy, just right, or too difficult?
    • Interaction with text: How are students interacting with the text?  How does this impact student engagement?
    • Text Support: how are students referencing text to support thinking? How do students respond to the text?

At the end of the hour we will debrief and share what you have learned (10 minutes)

  • Look-For Review: What did you see?
  • Next Steps: How can I use what I saw in my classroom?

Take a look at our open classroom options:

Be sure to share extension ideas and next steps in the comment area below so that we can continue to build a shared conversation!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Formative is a powerful digital tool that allows you to amplify student voice! No matter if you are
looking for students to share their thinking with multiple choice/true false, short answer or via a drawing, Formative might be an interesting tool for you. Have a video or longer text you would like students to process? Add questions throughout to help students stop and make meaning of what they are learning.

A big shoutout goes to David McDorman for leading today's session. If you have additional questions, be sure to ask!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

LHS JayWay - Photo Walk

During our September plan hour professional learning we set up a "Jay Walk" where educators would spread out over the school to get into classrooms and walk the halls looking for stories they could share via #lpsleads and #lhsjayway.

Setting it Up: 
Wandering around without a purpose is ineffective. We began each plan hour with chocolate and a purpose.

It all started with a simple question:

What makes a post compelling

Each group was given 10 social media posts and were asked to put them in order of least compelling to most compelling. They were then asked to share why they sorted the posts in this order. Participants talked while we recorded their ideas on what makes a post compelling.

We then looked at the list and combined any repeaters and added clarifiers. We discussed that if we did what was on the list, our posts would be more compelling. We then set out to take pictures and video throughout the halls and classrooms of LHS to share our story.

Photo Walk Results:

View our entire collection of tweets associated with this Jay Walk!

Wrapping it Up:
When we returned after our walk, it was clear there was a lot of laughter and smiles. We discussed how powerful it can be for students to define what success (and failure) looks like in the projects they are developing. This conversation quickly led to how this criteria could become the measurement tool for student success.

As the next groups started our Jay Walk learning lab, we looked back at what other teams said created a compelling post and refined the list. Take a look HERE.

Next Steps:
If you have tried or would like to try using Success Criteria with your students, please let us know! We are here to help and would love to get some action shots of students as they are engaging with sorting and defining work.

Share Your Thoughts:
Don't be shy, add your thoughts to extend our thinking via the comments below!