Program for the 2014 PDI

Monday, January 13th

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Living Democracy in the Classroom: Changing the Approach
Presenters:
Karen Rowe, Ph.D.,Elizabeth Urban, Ph.D.
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
The presenters will share the work they do collaboratively with their students and the work accomplished over the past five years in the graduate teacher licensure program. The program is a cohort model, professional development school housed at Fossil Ridge High School, in partnership with Colorado State University. The program has, as its foundation, the Four-Part Mission of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy developed by the National Network for Educational Renewal. The work focuses on the ideals of democracy, social justice and equity as the center of instructional planning and teacher preparation. It is a core belief of the partnership that students can attain those necessary skills and dispositions only by living democracy every day in the classroom. The ongoing effort began with the pre-service teachers writing daily democracy objectives as well as daily content and literacy objectives. The addition of objectives addressing democratic skills and dispositions resulted in revised unit and lesson planning templates which frame the experience of learning content in a democratic setting. The planning for creating democratic settings must be thoughtful and intentional. One student’s work including unit and lesson planning is featured in this presentation, and is an example of changing the approach. This is a practical way of living democracy in the classroom while acquiring 21st Century Skills. The templates place democracy and social justice at the center of planning, teaching and assessing. The presenters will share this approach and invite discussion.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goal - to implement a lesson plan template which focuses on living and experiencing democracy in every classroom every day for the purpose of enhancing equity and social justice. The audience is all educators Pre K to 20.

Wednesday, January 15th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Attracting Student Attention with Magnets and Flipping
Presenters:
Jennifer Taylor
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
Many science students are "hands-on" learners, but designing such activities for large lecture classes is extremely difficult. We have developed a teaching tool that allows students to carry out gene expression and protein translation by manipulating magnets representing mRNA, tRNA, ribosomes and amino acids. In addition, I will discuss how we use classroom flipping to help prepare the students for this activity and clicker quizzing to assess whether learning takes place. Audience members will be invited to participate in this activity and take the clicker quiz.
Goals and Target Audience:
My goal is to demonstrate a new learning tool that can be used in large classes and that can be adapted to almost any topic. The targeted audience is anyone who is interested in active learning in the classroom.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Goals, Rubrics & Roadmaps, Oh My!
Presenters:
Tonya Buchan,Sandy Chapman
Category:
Curriculum Development
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
Are students producing work that meets your expectations? Do some students miss the point of an assignment and turn in something different? Are they baffled by their grade? If so, they may be unclear about your expectations and a rubric may be the solution. Rubrics are a tool to communicate and measure pre-defined grading criteria. Developing a rubric and sharing it with students ahead of time can result in student work better aligned with the assignment criteria and make the feedback process less subjective, especially if TA's are grading assignments. You will leave the workshop with sample rubrics as well as starting one of your own. **This is a working session, please bring an assignment you would like to work on.**
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty who are interested in learning how to write a rubric or ensuring assignments are graded using consistent criteria.