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I chose to look at your blog

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I chose to look at your blog because I had no idea what it was by the title! As an educator, this is one thing that our school district really doesn't do at the elementary level, that I am aware of. I liked the four questions to ask ahead of time. Our current reading series does have an "essential question" like stated in phase one that we do discuss each week before we begin the unit. However, this would be great for our hands-on science kits.

This would definetely be something I would take a course in to further my teaching. Thanks for sharing this blog

1st Grade educator

I went to a STEM lesson study

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I went to a STEM lesson study workshop this summer that sounds a lot like this process. I was very excited to be working with other core teachers to develop more in depth lessons. We are a K-12 school and started our 1st unit planning meeting. After that or school decided it was to costly to continue. I was a little bummed because the discussion we had as educators drasticly changed how I taught the same lesson that I taught for the past 8 years. The students were much more engaged in the learning. And for those comments above, yes it was driven off the common core we are required to teach, but because of the essential questions and the way I presented the knowledge the students took over the learning. This is a powerful method to improve student engagement and learning outcomes. Time consumming, YES! But worth the investment of time. I've never seen such deep thinking from 1st grade students. It encompassed all subjects. Thanks for sharing a different approach to the lesson study thinking.

I whole-heartedly agree with

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I whole-heartedly agree with Alex (see comment above). Immediately when I started reading my thought was: "This is "top-down", as in no student participation in choosing the subject first. For me, a truce lies in creating engaging "driving questions" by adults, letting Youth ADD to that list, let them choose...and see what happens.
Thank you for sharing Amber.

Teacher & techie at independent high school

Pre-Step 1

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Before your stage 1, I think you have to start with student interest, relevance and needs. Whether this is driven from IEPs, interest surveys, conversations, real-world problems your students are facing - the rest of the stages will fall apart if the project isn't created out of what the students need and want to learn.

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