SOCIAL SCIENCE
Underwood_Final Project Report.docx

That teachers should make learning meaningful and

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…that teachers should make learning meaningful and relevant to the students’ experience beyond the classroom. …that instructors should promote an environment of appreciation for like ideas and a respect for differing views so that students are free to express thoughts & ideas in a safe, nurturing classroom setting. Instructional Models: Collaborative Learning- I propose a campus wide commitment to collaborative learning activities in order to enrich the students’ learning experiences and create a deeper understanding of content. Collaborative learning activities generate meaningful discussions among peers (students), teach the students to work within the framework of a group, allow for individual accountability to a larger group, create the opportunity to give & receive feedback in a safe environment with respect for all participants, and allows the students to create their own learning dynamic that reflects their personal beliefs and experiences. Along with the collaborative learning model, I would like to promote an inquiry-based learning approach to make the learning meaningful for the students by utilizing their natural curiosity & inquisitiveness. This would give the students an opportunity to have greater say in their learning experience. Professional Development Model: I would like to implement a professional development model that emphasizes horizontal & vertical alignment of the curriculum along with an observation/assessment model to ensure that instruction is aligned with the goals of the grade-level teams, campus, school district, and state mandated curriculum in order to meet the academic needs of our students. Prior to the start of the school year: (First year) Provide teacher workshops and coaching for the faculty to gain a better understanding of collaborative learning experiences and inquiry-based learning activities to make sure the staff is prepared to implement these instructional models. Within these sessions, the teachers would have an opportunity to gain knowledge of the rationale
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