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Wednesday, 07 December 2011
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Marcia Barnhart
Hello Everyone,
I am new to the group but would like to invite everyone to join me and INFOhio for a free webinar.
December 6, 2012, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Ohio's New Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy: A Preview

This webinar will focus on an exploration of sample items that have been developed by PARCC for English Language Arts/Literacy. Participants will view prototypes for elementary, middle school and high school and explore ways in which the items reflect the critical content of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy.

Presenter: Marcia Barnhart, Director Organizatinal Learning for Teacher 2 Teacher, Former Assistant Director of Professional Development for the Ohio Department of Education

To register, go to this link:

Monday, 03 December 2012 17:41
Karen Amster

I really liked the lesson you created and the care with which each step unfolded and was interlaced with the overall objectives. The lesson incorporated so many of the instructional strategies that we covered in the Infohio Boot Camp. Good Job!

I liked how you present the physical object and then had students brainstorm other objects. Your photograph choice of the young man jumping in the hockey rink was great – it had that all-important emotional hook for kids. I really liked the idea of showing a video for a place and showing it without the sound to strengthen the powers of observation. My mind was whirling with questions as I soared over the mountains. A great start and build-up of the project. Choosing an topic of interest is so important and you have ensured that.

The incorporation of ASK, ACT, ACHIEVE at the appropriate times of the research project is perfect modeling for future research. What kind of notetaking works best for your students? I am finding that my students often like to rush through the research and don’t learn as much new, in-depth information about the topic as they might. Do you see that in your library? Have you found a way to get them to dig deeper?

In the synthesis step, do students create some sort of a product besides the cube? Do they share what they have learned as a group? I am teaching grades 6-8 library skills classes and have access to a computer lab for part of the time. One of the projects the kids liked was a biography research exercise using the biocube from Read, Write,Think and then the kids created a voki of their famous person telling about themself. Thanks for sharing your lesson plan, I hope to be able to try it out in the future with my students!
Saturday, 29 September 2012 13:11
Whitney Sapienza
Where do we post lesson plans if we took "The Bootcamp" course for grad credit? Is there a form with guidelines we should have received about this assignment? I wanted to start the work but didn't want to start without guidelines. Thank you so much!
Whitney SapienzaWhitney Sapienza on Sunday, 19 August 2012 13:21

Uploaded my quality research lesson for fifth grade in the file sharing area.

Saturday, 11 August 2012 10:22
Christina - this is basically what we did with our regions unit some time ago. the space suits, the field trip, building the shuttles, etc.
Christina RansomChristina Ransom on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:36

i loved that unit and the kids were so engaged. They learned so much.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:32