One of our innovative elements in our district's strategic plan that is critical for student success in a modern context is to have our students engaged in authentic work that matters. Michael Niehoff wrote an article titled: 9 Ways to Make Student Work Authentic. Read the article and think of how you can incorporate one of these strategies into your one of your lessons?
You may be aware that we began a homework committee to look at and evaluate our current homework practices in our district. The committee will be presenting its guidelines to the school committee in a few weeks. Homework has been a hot topic for years. People wonder: Do I assign it? Is it valuable? How much is too much? Does it make a difference? Here is a brief article that gives some perspectives on both sides of the homework debate. Reflect on your own philosophy of homework and how your philosophy may have changed over time. Reflect on whether you think the homework you assign is meaningful and purposeful to help students succeed and how do you know it is meeting your goals?
Authentic assessment and student work is something that many teachers have incorporated into their lesson plans. Giving students choice as to how they can show mastery of a topic is a great way to give students a voice while also tapping into their creativity. Attached is a video of a 7th Grade Project.
After watching the video, think of one of your lessons over the next few weeks and ask yourself how can you change the current assessment into something that is authentic and gives students a voice to show mastery?
We spent a lot of time last year discussing what we mean by student agency. When people discuss it, they often look at agency happenin through, voice, choice, and advocacy. Eric Sheninger, this summer wrote a blog on this topic. Read the quick blog post and ask yourself why is student agency important? Why should we embrace it? How can this help our students? What can or does this look like in my classroom?
Link to the #MURSDInspires Reflection Form