Building with Rubrics

If students are to improve their communication and collaboration skills, they will require feedback related to current levels of performance. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins promotes the use of a rubric for assessing SPIDER WEB discussions. According to Wiggins … Continue reading Building with Rubrics

Bring the SPIDER WEB Into Your Classroom

Communication and collaboration are essential skills for the success of our students. As such, students need opportunities to practice and develop these skills in the safe spaces of our classrooms. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins introduces the SPIDER WEB classroom philosophy. … Continue reading Bring the SPIDER WEB Into Your Classroom

Making Reflection Meaningful

  Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, provides the following guidelines for helping ensure that reflection is meaningful and leads to successful outcomes (114-123): Put reflection first. Reflection first involves thinking about the content and establishing goals for the activity or project to be undertaken. … Continue reading Making Reflection Meaningful

Meaningful Reflection in the Inquiry Process

I am a student of reflection and believe in its power to inform and guide toward increased performance. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, promotes reflection in the inquiry process. She indicates that meaningful reflection (pp. 108-113) should: Reflection should give students the opportunity to … Continue reading Meaningful Reflection in the Inquiry Process

Five Recommendations Regarding Student Presentations

Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, indicates that the following components be part of the student classroom presentation framework (pp. 90-102): Acknowledge two stages of presentation: Product and delivery. Teach students to prepare the best quality product by having students draft their work, receive feedback … Continue reading Five Recommendations Regarding Student Presentations

Three Components of Successful Classroom Presentations

It is important that students have the opportunity to present the findings of their inquiry. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, indicates that all successful classroom presentations (pp. 86-90) are: Flexible. A presentation does not just involve an individual standing at the front of the … Continue reading Three Components of Successful Classroom Presentations

Three Qualities of Successful Student Collaboration

A classroom environment that allows for collaborative grouping produces significant learning gains. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, identifies the following three qualities of successful student collaboration (pp. 64-68). Successful collaborations are: Documented: Successful collaborations require that the contributions of each member be documented. Far … Continue reading Three Qualities of Successful Student Collaboration

Student Collaboration in Inquiry-based Learning

Student collaboration is a powerful tool for learning.  Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, provides the following framework for student collaboration in the classroom (pp. 68-78): Spend time on the set-up. Planning is essential to successful student collaboration. Establish ground rules and protocols for student … Continue reading Student Collaboration in Inquiry-based Learning

Student Research in Inquiry-based Learning

Student research is a vital part of inquiry-based learning. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, identifies the following three qualities that must be present in student research if genuine inquiry and learning are to occur (pp. 42-46): Autonomy – Students need to have some choice … Continue reading Student Research in Inquiry-based Learning

Questioning Is Only The Tip Of The Iceberg

On the surface, inquiry appears to involve the asking of questions and the seeking of information from which to make some response. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, indicates that questioning is only “the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to inquiry (p. 18). … Continue reading Questioning Is Only The Tip Of The Iceberg