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Vidula's Kindness Project-based Learning Unit Goes Remote

This workspace shares the strategies that Vidula Plante, a Learner Variability Advisory Board member and 6th-grade teacher, used when she transformed a Project-based Learning Unit on Kindness from in person to virtual. A second video is below.

Strategies to support virtual pbl

Student Choice

Literacy 7-12

Giving students voice and choice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful and relevant to them, an important aspect of promoting Sense of Belonging.

Creating Visuals

Literacy 7-12

When students express information visually, they are activating more cognitive processes while problem solving and increasing their experience with alternate texts.

Model the Assignment or Skill

Literacy 7-12

By talking through their thinking at each step of a process, teachers can model what learning looks like.

Checklists & Rubrics

Literacy 7-12

Checklists and rubrics help students understand expectations as they navigate more complex tasks and assignments.

Prompts & Questions

Literacy 7-12

Providing guiding prompts and questions for students to use when reading or participating in discussions deepens their understanding of texts and gives them space to question and grapple with issues of power, justice, and equity.

Multimodal Instruction

Literacy 7-12

Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills and Background Knowledge that are necessary to remember procedural and content information.

Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA)

Math PK-2

CRA is a sequential instructional approach during which students move from working with concrete materials to creating representational drawings to using abstract symbols.

strategies that support criticial literacy and metacognition

Authentic Audiences & Purposes

Literacy 7-12

When adolescents can connect and communicate with authentic audiences about their interests and values, reading and writing become more personally meaningful and relevant.

Direct Instruction: Web-based Reading Strategies

Literacy 7-12

Research shows that, along with traditional reading comprehension strategies, students use unique strategies to read the non-linear, hyperlinked structure of online texts.

Multiple Texts

Literacy 7-12

Providing multiple texts on the same topic or theme allows students to interact with multiple perspectives and develop their critical thinking skills.

Reflect on Learning

Literacy 7-12

Student reflection on learning, particularly when done collaboratively, is critical for moving knowledge of content and strategies into Long-term Memory.

Guided Inquiry

Literacy 7-12

During guided inquiry, teachers foster student autonomy by designing lessons centered on meaningful questions in which students locate, analyze, and present relevant information on their own or in small groups.

Composition Projects: Multimodal

Literacy 7-12

For adolescent learners, the Composition process can become more robust, as learners begin to express ideas through multiple media, which includes visual, audio, and digital production.

Mentor Texts

Literacy 7-12

By observing, rereading, and closely analyzing published writing, students see examples and learn the strategies of good writing that they can integrate into their own Composition.

Learner Factors to consider when designing virtual pbl

Literacy 7-12

Critical Literacy is the ability to identify purposes, motives, and potential biases of a particular text to enhance overall comprehension and critical thinking.

Literacy 7-12

Metacognition allows us to think about how we think and learn.

Literacy 7-12

Learning is powerful when we learn with and from each other.

Literacy 7-12

Motivation is the desire and energy that guides behavior.

Literacy 7-12

Emotions are complex psychological states stemming from a person's experiences.

Literacy 7-12

Social Supports are the perception and presence of a support network available to help a student if needed.