the time to hesitate is through...
I know it might feel like the world of digital media brings with it more woes 'n worries than you care to counter, but the truth is this...
Having a digital footprint in this era is no longer optional.
If we're gonna *truly* set our students up for success, we need to help them harness its power.
For me, I could get on their level. I understood and could empathize with them. In my heart I absolutely knew, 'hey, I'm *made* to do this!' Sound familiar?
I love learning...and by stepping into the classroom, I wanted to make sure my students did, too. I imagined a vibrant classroom with students buzzing about, excited to work together and dig deep into learning. Your sentiments are similar, no?
I cared about the learners I'd be teaching...and while I had no idea what the digital era would bring them, one thing remained clear. They weren't necessarily going to benefit from 'the way I learned it.' I was ready to do what it took to reach them...can ya relate?
Contrary to common belief:
When it comes to the technology at their fingertips, it's high time they had a guide showing them what TO do, not just what NOT to do...
And that guide, my friend, is YOU.
It's time to power-down those top-down demands that simply aren't serving our students (you know which ones I'm talkin' about!). And it's time to re-claim control over what really matters...
When it comes to digital literacy and true project-based learning, your days of concern and uncertainty are over, ma' friends!
Forget your frets about disengaged students and lackluster performance. No more woes about whether or not there's enough time. Stop stressing over standards.
I've dredged up the ~deep research~ and I've done the heavy-lifting myself....and now I've got the ultimate starter kit for project-based learning, one that will get your students writing because they want to, not because they have to.
In tackling this step-by-step project, you'll begin to re-shape the entire learning experience for your students. Starting now, their interests have value, their creativities are rekindled, and their dreams have space to take flight.
"Jill Pavich gives you the permission and freedom to explore what you instinctively know to be true, as a teacher, while also showing you how to align that ingenuity and creativity with the demands of the systems we teachers must work within. She's what we've all been waiting for."
Now I get it if you're hesitant...leaning on digital platforms like social media for learning?! Sounds suspect, right?
But here's the thing...
Just because WE didn't grow up knowing how to leverage online platforms for academic and professional reasons (I had to teach myself that!) doesn't mean our students don't deserve this know-how.
Communicating online involves reading, writing, using your own voice, and listening to those of others. As secondary ELA teachers, this is *definitely* our department!
This activity will take learning well beyond the status-quo cognitive...
Yep. Keep on keepin'-on with the uphill battle in getting your learners to put down those cell phones and pick up the books.
If you've struck a good enough deal with your students when it comes to being 'present' (or if you've made peace with the fact that their mindsets are rewired elsewhere and online)...
Then maybe you don't need the approach this project invites.
But if you're like, 'hmm...I think we could use a lil' modern uplift 'round here!', then you've got two more options yet.
If you seek out fresh instructional strategies on the regular, you're probably used to designing learning experiences all by your lonesome.
But how long does it take you?
First, you gotta collect the research, then flesh out the concept. Next it's onto creating the resources. Eventually, after days and days of toiling, you've got that lesson plan right where you want it (whew!).
(But it didn't come without a whole lotta blood, sweat-n-tears, for real!)
You've got the great idea but ZERO time to build it out. So there it lies, bound in that spiral notebook until 'one day' when you get around to implementing it (ouch).
Now I won't boast a done-for-you model...
The best teachers know there's no such thing. In the interest of your own, unique teaching circumstances, I know you'll want to put your own thumb-print on this one.
(What great teacher wouldn't?!)
But I definitely deliver the closest thing to it...a step-by-step, immediately implementable action plan for connecting with your students in the most genuine way while building their trust and teaching them writing skills *at the same time*.
I've Got the A's to Your Q's...
Would you believe me if I said *forever*?!
Yep, you paid for 'em, so the content is yours to keep, always-and-forever.
(And if there ever comes a day when I decide to take the materials down from my site or from the platform they're housed on, you'll get *plenty* of advanced notice to download all contents prior to my doing so.)
There are 5 videos in this mini-module, with an average run time of 7 minutes each.
So that's roughly a half-hour of your time to get through the core video material. (Not too shabby for a busy teacher such as yourself!)
PDFs and videos are fine for explaining just how this lesson goes down. But I also nested this activity inside an online project management tool (complete with checklists and everything!) because it's one that can serve your lesson planning *well beyond* this activity alone.
So I couldn't resist...I just had to turn you on to it!
[And just to make sure you feel all warm and fuzzy about the tech (i.e. if technology scares you, that is), I offer a brief tutorial inside your dashboard to help you navigate this bad-*ss project management platform (you're welcome!)]
One hundred percent.
Your school might not permit the use of online platforms such as social media, or your students might not be ready just yet to use these.
And I get that.
Which is why I offer a few, modified approaches that still exposes student work to audiences beyond yourself, but without the headache of overstepping any 'red tape'.
Don't worry, brave teacher...I've got your bases covered. We'll be keeping their safety and your job in check!
I've got answers! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be sure to get back to you lickety-split!