OPENING – 10 minutes

I need to spend some time with the folks on the Independent Track for the first half of class, so you all have to work together to get some things done (described below). Before we get to that, though, you’ll find the class contract we created together on the black table next to the stereo (below the projector screen).

Please have one person from your table go get enough for all of you and bring them back to the group. Each of you should read it over and, if you agree to it, sign it and put it on my Green Desk (by the door). If you don’t agree to it, please wish your table-mates well and quickly come to the back of the room so you can get up to speed on how to move through the Independent Track (in other words, the contract is required if you’re going to work with us and be part of our learning community).

LESSON – 40 minutes

Now that we’re all here and committed, let’s begin.

One quick thing…just so you know, much of what we learn this year will be driven by QUESTIONS. Essential Questions. Guiding Questions. And though we’ll talk more about that in the coming weeks, today is no different.

The question that will fuel your learning today is simple…

What is Challenge Based Learning?

By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll have at least 30 mins to dig into this question and prepare for the following challenge….

In a 3 minute verbal presentation to the class,
in which each member of your group speaks,
describe the Challenge Based Learning framework.

Naturally, you’ll work in your table groups to complete this challenge.

I suspect you have some questions of your own, which is fine. But another key aspect of this class is that we’re going to learn by doing. Not by asking Mr. D for the answers. However, I have a few things to say which should provide enough clarification for you to complete this challenge successfully.

Words of Wisdom

  • The challenge you must complete is the creation of a 3 minute presentation in which all of you contribute to the speaking responsibilities.
  • In this presentation, you must answer the question, “What is Challenge Based Learning?”
  • How you go about finding the answer(s) to that question is up to you.
  • Whenever you show what you’ve learned, we’ll call that a Demonstration of Learning (DOL). In this case, your DOL is your presentation.
  • What format your DOL takes is up to you. Want to make a slide presentation? Go for it. Want to make a Screencast? Great, do it. Want to just get up there and talk? Totally your call. Have another idea? Splendid…

Tips for Success

  • Remember that more than anything, I value PROCESS, and I value EFFORT. Both of which are extremely evident in finished products.
  • When creating a DOL, quality matters. No matter how much you learn, if you demonstrate that learning in a poorly thought out, rinky-dink way, you haven’t paid attention to quality.
  • Precision Matters – details and examples are critical to demonstrating what you know. I’m not interested in your opinions. I’m interested in what you know, and have evidence for.
  • You have a solid 30 minutes of work time – surface dwelling is for the birds, we’re looking for depth.
  • You’ve created Collaboration Jobs…start your work today by assigning those jobs.

I will stop you the last 10 minutes of class today to talk to you about your work and ask some questions. We will be presenting our DOL tomorrow (Thursday).

Have some fun today!

“Wish for nothing so much that you forget to make it come true.”