It’s Time For Mastery Learning

lightgrenadeOnce upon a time, I was terrified that I wouldn’t pass my drivers test. I wasn’t good at parallel parking to begin with, but as I waited for my instructor to pick me up I realized that I had been practicing on the wrong side of the road. I had been approaching the parking spot from the north when I should have been approaching it from the south. To be successful, I would have to mirror everything I’d trained myself to do and would only have two shots to get it right. Outlook not so good.

Once upon a time, I was terrified that I wouldn’t do well on the SATs because I never took a strategy class, nor studied in any meaningful way. To add to the stress, my parents couldn’t afford to pay for college, so I needed to do well on the SATs to get a scholarship. Do poorly and I’d have to go to community college and live at home; not something I wanted.

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Problem Based Learning In Action

Turd Brown Wall6/22 – We are live and ready to go! Thank you to everyone who believed in us! We’re hoping for an epic win!

6/12- KI Furniture came by today and dropped off a gift: A school-colored Learn2 desk! The kids were thrilled! KI has been supportive from the start of this project and promised they would do their best to give us a great deal on more desks. We also finished re-filming and editing the IndieGoGo campaign video. We have a few more loose ends to tie-up, but we should be ready to launch this Monday or Tuesday. Everyone is pumped!

6/5 – Had a great conversation with John Vaskis (@gogoJV) at indiegogo! We will be moving our campaign to IndieGoGo. We hope to launch by June 16th at the latest. Stay tuned for more and help spread the word! Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way. 

6/3 (Afternoon)- John Vaskis (@gogoJV) has offered to help my students move their project to indiegogo! Everyone is freaking out and super excited!

6/3 – We’ve heard offers of help, kind words, and well wishes from KI Furniture, Robert Pohl from Collaboration Solutions, Bretford Furniture, Amplify, SMART, Hitachi, and Simple Minds (Yes, the band!), but no update from Kickstarter. We are still in the appeal process. My students really hope that Kickstarter is rewriting their policy to accept projects like ours and that’s what is taking so long. How could they not want to support students and the places where they learn? Now, kids are looking into making an indiegogo campaign or just releasing their awesome video in hopes it goes viral.

5/25 Update: Still waiting to hear back from Kickstarter. Anyone suggest any Kickstarter alternatives?

5/13 Update: We’ve been denied by Kickstarter. We’ve filed an appeal. 

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The Best Way To Setup Your Classes In An LMS:

gradinggroupsThe best part of having a learning management system (LMS) is the community of learning it helps teachers create. After talking to some friends in my PLN about LMSs in general and Schoology, my LMS of choice, specifically, I was surprised to learn just how many teachers aren’t creating the best community possible for their students. Many teachers aren’t setting up their classes effectively in their LMS! Here is how to group your classes in Schoology, or any other LMS, if you have more than one section (period) of the same subject:

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