Survey of Learning Strategies
Use this page to survey selected learning strategies across grades, subjects, and projects on the classrooms@work Web site. Each link takes you to a page at the site where this icon indicates the highlighted strategy somewhere on the page. (It is also a link to return you to this page.)
Learning that Works . . .
provides a thorough overview of each project, including goals, strategies, tasks, and the sequence of activities. Find and review the following strategies at each link.
How effective are these strategies at meeting the teachers' intentions?
Animal Research Report—research folders provide a structured, hands-on way for 1st graders to collect and manage information
Travel USA—a specially-designed yet simple project Web site structures Internet research sessions for 4th-5th graders, and helps students avoid frustration and aimless wandering
It's a Wild Ride—multiple lab investigations establish underlying concepts and skills in both math and science classrooms
Global Challenge—detailed task organizers promote student responsibility in a project that demands a high level of student direction and self-management; students are well-informed about requirements and timelines from the very beginning
Working Together . . .
presents the planning, scheduling, and monitoring approaches that organize the work of students and teachers in each project.
In what ways do these strategies offer learning that is interactive and productive?
Animal Research Report—flexible grouping and scheduling respond to student needs
Travel USA—a daily reporting and monitoring tool helps students evaluate their own effort as well as their teammates' efforts in a Daily Effort Diary
It's a Wild Ride—every member of a roller coaster design team has distinct career-related authentic tasks and responsibilities to the group
Global Challenge—a student brainstorming session help students plan their research needs and organize them in a concept map
Using Workspaces . . .
explains and shows classroom layout and technology access.
In what ways do these teachers optimize available technology, time, and space?
Animal Research Report—90 minute literacy block, classroom computers, and a computer lab
Travel USA—a self-contained classroom and a computer lab
It's a Wild Ride—3 classrooms, two computer labs, a media center, and a 90 minute block
Global Challenge—a computer lab within a classroom and a 90 minute block
Assessing Learning . . .
shows a variety of assessments and a range of student work samples across project work.
In what ways do these assessment strategies demonstrate student learning and share their accomplishments?
Animal Research Report—a class-developed rubric and self-assessment
Travel USA—multiple scoring guides for assessing parts of the project
It's a Wild Ride—an at-home construction becomes a classroom performance assessment
Global Challenge—an assessment scored by the teacher, the student, and peers
Supporting Success . . .
discusses factors outside the classroom walls that enable successful learning and teaching.
How critical are certain practices to the learning and teaching in these classrooms?
Animal Research Report—engaging students through integrated curriculum
Travel USA—connecting standards to project learning
It's a Wild Ride—an instructional leader as school principal
Global Challenge—an extended block schedule