Week 7 Activities

Activities / Checklist

Base Group Check-in

For this week, please answer the following questions:

  1. One of this week’s readings focuses on the idea of “creating learning communities.” An underlying assumption in this work is that teachers and schools are responsible for children’s behavior. However, not everyone believes this is true. Some believe that teachers have enough to worry about in teaching reading, writing, math, etc., and that parents/caregivers are ultimately responsible for children’s behavior in school. What are your thoughts on this issue?
Read, Process, Post, & Discuss
Part 1
  • [REQUIRED] – Woolfolk, A. (2006). Creating learning environments. In Educational Psychology (10th., pp. 442-475). Columbus, OH: Bacon, Pearson/Allyn.
  • [OPTIONAL - How ed-tech changes things] Brown, J. S. (2006). New learning environments for the 21st century: Exploring the edge. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 38(5), 18-24. Heldref Publications. doi: 10.3200/CHNG.38.5.18-24.

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Read, Process, Post, & Discuss
Part 2
  • [REQUIRED] – Derry, G. N. (2002). Difficult and important questions: Science, values, and ethics. In What Science Is and How it Works (Vol. 13, pp. 145-157). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://www.msuedtechsandbox.com/hybridphd/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Chapter-11.pdf.

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Optional Readings

Optional topics we wished to cover, but don’t want to overburden you. About the role of science in education, and method wars. Read if you want to know more.
Final RDP Turn-in

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Post online your FINAL RDP by WED, 11:59pm. The goal here is to bring together all of the RDP’s sections and to create a coherent paper. The RDP sections include:

  • Your initial statement of your research interests
  • Your final interest statement
  • A short commentary about the changes in research interests over time
  • A summary of your 3 “experts” with a short rational for why you chose them and how their work informs your research interest
  • An annotated bibliography of relevant research
  • An agenda of further steps to explore and develop your research interest

Reminder: Post on your portfolio site, tell us where your portfolio site is by setting the “website” field of your profile on this course-site.

VIRTUAL SHOWCASE / PEER REVIEW By Saturday 11:59pm, base group members comment on each others’ online portfolio in general and RDP in particular.

It’s time to wrap up the course, and we’ll do that by first showing off two of the biggest projects – you’re online portfolio, and your RDP. We could do something like have “presentations”, but you’re all tired (and so are we!). So, we’ll let the portfolios (and the RDP as part of that) speak for themselves. You’ve built the exhibit, now people will come and comment!

Specifically, here’s what we’re going to do. Similar to last time, each member starts a discussion in their base group, appropriately named (e.g., “Matt Koehler’s online portfolio and RDP feedback”). In that discussion, give people an easy link to your site so they can find stuff. This discussion you have made is where people can comment on your work.

NOTE: When giving RDP related feedback, please focus on new insights, or on things that have changed since you last viewed it.

For every member of your base group, post some feedback, around the following topics:

  • Portfolio – look and feel, easy or difficult to find things, things that maybe need work, things that you like best
  • Research Interests – Are the current ones easy to read? Do they make sense to novices in the field? (they should)
  • Reflection of changes in interests – Is there a reflection of the changes? Is is based on conceptual change? (a criteria the instructors will use)
  • RDP Experts – Is there a clear connection between the experts and the research interests? (an instructor criteria)
  • RDP Bibliography – Is list complete? Can you identify gaps? Is the right stuff in the annotations (reflections that move the author towards research)?
  • RDP Agenda for the future – Is this the right agenda? Is the agenda pushing the author towards research?

Finally, if the author is allowing comments on their website, leave a nice comment on their website about their website, the RDP, or a particular post. Getting that first comment can be a nice feeling!

Base Group Checkout

This is your last Base Group Checkout. Looking back across the term, what are some things each group member did that helped you? What is something you appreciate about each group member? Remember, specific comments are always better than generalities like, “You made me think!” Better to say how and when and in what ways other group members have affected your experience.

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