1) So, I decided to look for a lesson on something relevant to my homeschooling right now, and that is A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books. Moving through the steps in DID, I've evaluated the lesson as follows:
a) Know the learner - I know my students so I know that this is a lesson that some will find boring while others will appreciate learning that some books are banned in schools. My kids are, of course, used to having books they're not allowed to read. As they've gotten older, the types of books they're allowed to read have increased. Nonetheless, this step is about knowing how my kids rate according to learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic, and visual). My auditory and kinesthetic learners will really appreciate this lesson. My visual learner will appreciate seeing the T-chart that is involved in the lesson.
b) Standards-aligned Performance Objectives - I chose this lesson because it is aligned to multiple Common Core standards for 5th grade. The objectives for students are as follows:
- be exposed to the issues of censorship, challenged, or banned books.
- examine issues of censorship as it relates to a specific literature title.
- critically evaluate books based on relevancy, biases, and errors.
- develop and support a position on a particular book by writing a persuasive essay about their chosen title.
c) Teaching and learning strategies - The teaching strategies include the teacher providing students with a list of books banned by the American Library Association's list of the most frequently challenged books. The learning strategies include students choosing a book to read at home and write a persuasive essay (to the librarian or administrators) letting them know how they feel about a particular book being banned.
d) Select support technologies - Selecting technologies to support the learning outcomes for this lesson involves providing students with the link to the list of banned books. The students could use an online platform for the T-chart they're to use next, but otherwise, there isn't much technology incorporated into this lesson.
e) Assess and Revise - There is a rubric available for assessing this lesson. In addition, the lesson plan itself outlines the following for assessment:
- Monitor student interaction and progress during any group work to assess social skills and assist any students having problems.
- Respond to the content and quality of students’ thoughts in their final reflections on the project. Look for indications that the student provides supporting evidence for the reflections, thus applying the lessons learned from the work with the Persuasion Map.
- Assess students’ persuasive writing piece using the rubric.
2) Open education is the idea that every educator should have the same access to the same materials at no cost so that they may provide all students with a comparable education. Those in favor of this philosophy work to eliminate barriers and anything else that might stand in the way of this happening. Open educational resources (or OERs) can be modified because the creators of such resources have given anyone with access to them permission to modify them to suit their individual needs. An example of this might be a math teacher who obtains open-access math word problems but who changes some of the terms or names in the problem to help her students relate better to the ideas in the problem.
Blogs I commented on from Week 3: Caroline (says "awaiting moderation") and Julie (also "awaiting moderation").