Now that’s a Project: Technology Tools for the Collaborative Classroom

Now that’s a Project: Technology Tools for the Collaborative Classroom

When students work in groups oriented toward a particular task, their teachers often encourage them to pay attention to their group collaboration skills. A checklist can be helpful as students reflect on how well they worked together and whether they were able to get the job done well. This Goal 18 checklist is an example. Students discuss each of the elements on the chart, award themselves up to 3 points for each area of the chart, and then add the points as a means of reflecting on their collective skills working with each other.

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Text Complexity on TextProject

TextProject has created a new product line, the Teacher Development Series. With my excellent colleagues, Dana L. Grisham and Freddy Hiebert, we created five modules to assist teachers as they grapple with the idea of text complexity as the Common Core State Standards roll out.  From the “What’s New” page of the TextProject website:

To help teachers, whether veterans or candidates for certification, acquire the knowledge and skills needed to make the most of the new CCSS standards, TextProject introduces our first-ever product line aimed at teacher education and professional development environments. The TextProject Teacher Development Series on Text Complexity and the Common Core State Standards is a series of five modular lessons, each with guidance for teacher leaders, teacher educators or staff development leaders as well as activities for teachers.

Preview the first module here.  Four more modules will be available by August 16, 2012.  Additional information can be found on Reading Today Online, as well.