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The Standards Juggling Act: Balancing the Common Core, ISTE, and 21 st Century Skills in Your Unit Design Molly J. Bestge Secondary Curriculum Coordinator.

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1 The Standards Juggling Act: Balancing the Common Core, ISTE, and 21 st Century Skills in Your Unit Design Molly J. Bestge Secondary Curriculum Coordinator and National Board Certified Teacher West Fargo Public Schools—West Fargo, ND Tri-City Tech Camp June 4-6, 2013

2 Presentation Description This session will provide participants the opportunity to apply their new “tech” knowledge to unit design. Learn how you can easily incorporate some of your new skills to create units that will assess content standards as well as address ISTE-NETS standards and 21 st Century skills. Participants will gain access to a wonderful unit template that will make balancing these important standards manageable.

3 Participants Will Be Able to… Define 21 st Century Learners, Learning, and Educators. Apply Understanding by Design (UbD) to unit creation. Use Common Core and ISTE Standards as well as 21 st Century Skills in Unit Design.

4 Supplies --Sticky Notes --7-Essentials article --Middle Level article --ISTE standards (laminated) SEND PEOPLE: --21 st Century Unit Templates --PowerPoint

5 Introduction *Introductions to the Group 1)Name, Subject/Grade(s) taught, School 2)What you are hoping to get from this session…

6 How Do Today’s Kids Learn? Sticky Notes! Need to sit in TEAMS of 3!! SOLO  Answer the question, “How do today’s kids learn?” Put one answer on each sticky note. Place in the center of the team. Keep going until time runs out…(3 minutes) TEAM  1.Identify a SORTER for the team (P1) Sort the sticky notes, putting same ideas in a stack. 2.Identify a RECORDER for the team (P2). That person records on a new sticky note all of the ideas where EVERYONE in the team had agreed. 3.Identify a SPOKESPERSON for the team (P3). Share out what the team identified as ways that today’s kids learn. 4.Molly will record on the slide…

7 How Today’s Kids Learn… YOUR Thoughts!

8 Quote from Eric Schmitt, CEO of Google “What you see is a culture where people feel that they can build things; that they can actually accomplish what they want. And ultimately people stay in a company because they can achieve something.” How is there a disconnect between this and today’s education??? How are WE preparing our students for this type of work environment?

9 Social Media Video (4:26)

10 This is the 21 st Century. How are we… Keeping abreast of the newest technologies? Filling a students’ social need to network with others? Creating relevancy in the way that students publish/communicate their work? Utilizing the devices that they bring to school each day? Supporting collaboration, creativity, innovation, critical thinking? Modeling life-long learning?

11 What is 21 st Century Learning?

12 The 4 Cs—CRITICAL 21 st Century Skills 1.Creativity & Innovation 2.Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 3.Communication & Collaboration

13 But What Does 21 st Century Learning LOOK LIKE? Inquiry Real Problems and Real-World Problem Solving Higher-Order Thinking & Questioning Project-Based Learning Designed Backwards  UbD Relevant & Timely Topics Technology Infused Throughout Units of Study Embraces the “Culture” of the Student Collaboration/Cooperation Final Communication Piece that is as “REAL” as it can get!

14 The 21 st Century Teacher… Engages students in authentic “work.” Thinks globally, not just locally. Is a “guide on the side,” collaborating with students to solve problems. Is OK with “organized chaos.” Realizes that this kind of work can be “messy” and challenging for all.

15 The 21 st Century Teacher… Begins with the “end” in mind--designing units with big ideas, essential questions, and enduring understandings. Can go with the “flow” if students need more time to finish creating. Is constantly learning from his/her students, and adapting lessons to make them relevant to the students’ needs. Is not afraid to take a “risk.” In every lesson, is preparing his/her students for the future that is theirs…

16 Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant (3:08)

17 STEMiin West Fargo

18 STEMin West Fargo STEM teams use Backward Design along with Project- Based Learning. It’s a nice combination  We“begin with the end in mind” and design projects that allow our students to engage in critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills. Teachers are continuously doing individual projects that align to Common Core Standards and NGSS, but come together several times a year in interdisciplinary projects that are planned together.

19 Understanding by Design (UbD) UbD  Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe “Begin with the End in Mind.” Teacher is…the instructor, coach, friend, evaluator, disciplinarian and advisor.

20 Understanding by Design (UbD) PLANNING and DESIGN of the Curriculum and Assessment is most important! 1. Identify Desired Results 2. Determine Acceptable Evidence Then, and only then… 3. Plan Learning Experiences and Instruction

21 Understanding by Design (UbD) Common Mistake  Identify content, brainstorm activities, come up with an assessment and link it to a standard. UbD  ”Think like an assessor, not an activity designer!!” Big Idea & Enduring Understandings Essential Questions Design Assessments/Performance Assessments Plan learning activities that will meet standards and build toward the assessment/performance assessment.

22 Remember WHERETO Where are we headed? How will the student be ‘hooked’? What opportunities will there be to feel equipped, experienced, and able to explore key ideas? What will provide opportunities to rethink, rehearse, refine and revise? How will students evaluate their work? How will the work be tailored to individual needs, interests, styles? How will the work be organized for maximal engagement and effectiveness?

23 Project-Based Learning (PBL) Video from (EXCELLENT resource for instructing with technology! Put it on your bookmarks!)

24 Why Teach with Project-Based Learning? “Project learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real- world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.” Source:

25 A Good Combination! PBL and UbD are the perfect combination! Designing projects with “the end in mind” allows teachers to start with the big idea that leads to a quality assessment. Don’t just do a project to do a project. Do a project with and for a PURPOSE!

26 NETS-S Standards Not only are we accountable for our Common Core Standards, but WFPS is using the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-S). These are our technology standards. These standards encourage everything that STEM is about! Creativity and Innovation Communication and Collaboration Research and Information Fluency Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Digital Citizenship Technology Operations and Concepts Here’s a laminated copy for YOU!

27 Other Resources for You… “7 Essentials for Project-Based Learning” article. If you are a middle level teacher, “Middle Schools Preparing Young People for 21 st Century Life and Work” article will be GREAT for you! “STEM to STEAM to STREAM” article. Food for thought!

28 Developed by the National Governor’s Association. North Dakota has adopted the Common Core Standards with supplements, effective July 1, The old standards are no longer available on the DPI website. They focus on 21 st Century skills and college/career readiness.

29 ANCHOR Standards Off of the English Language Arts Standards, there are ANCHOR Standards that ALL content areas are going to be responsible for teaching. Left hand side under “6-12 Literacy” It is EVERYONE’s job, not just the English/Language Arts teacher, to be teaching these standards.

30 New Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) North Dakota hasn’t adopted them officially yet, but will be studying the standards in the coming months. (I’m on the state committee.) The new standards are very rigorous and have shifted concepts around… Biggest change is that engineering concepts is embedded K- 12. That’s great for STEM and 21 st Century education!

31 Building Interdisciplinary Connections Teachers trained in Elementary Education have been instructed about the importance of building connections between Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Secondary teachers are trained to departmentalize—to “owning” their own discipline, teaching the concepts only within that discipline. 21 st Century Learning requires more of ALL of us. We must make learning

32 How Can You… Use RELEVANT non-fiction articles to highlight concepts? Tie other disciplines into your discipline? Increase the amount of WRITING your students do in your classroom? Increase the amount of READING your students do in your classroom? Use READING STRATEGIES with your students as they read?

33 How Can You… Create PROJECTS that are high-interest for your students? Make the REAL-WORLD come into your classroom? Infuse 21 st Century Skills into your practice? Make sure that the 4 C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication) are a part of your lessons? Allow students to COMMUNICATE in relevant and authentic ways?

34 Nuts and Bolts… The 21 st Century Unit Template Developed it after I saw a need to organize my own work on new Common Core Curriculum for 6 th Grade ELA. Not going to lie… When I first got my hands on the Common Core Standards, I knew I had a lot of work to do to make it all make sense in my brain! Wanted everything in ONE document so that I could see the “big picture” of what was addressed in a unit and how all of the things our district values in our strategic plan are being met in the units I teach.

35 Template… 21 st Century Template with Standards To be used for INTERDISCIPLINARY planning or individual planning for interdisciplinary connections, as it lists out the Common Core Standards for ELA, Math, and Science, as well as the Anchor Standards… ISTE, 21 st Century skills, and Library Media Standards are included. Feel free to ADD new standards for Social Studies/Humanities as the standards are unveiled. For now, the ND Standards are listed. PLEASE NOTE: Both of these are WORKING DOCUMENTS. You will NEED to put your own grade level standards into the document to make this work… Modify them to fit your needs, but please leave the “created by Molly J. Bestge” at the bottom. They may be published in my book on STEM soon!

36 BIG PICTURE Thinking Broken Down into Digestible Bits… The template is at times overwhelming, but it works… Begin with UbD  Big idea, Essential Questions, and Assessments. Create/design the assessment. Design activities and identify the essential standards that lead to the assessment. Figure out resources needed for the unit and record them. Nonfiction is HUGE for Common Core. Highlight ALL standards (Common Core, ISTE, 21 st Century skills, and Library) that are addressed during activities and assessment. Delete the ones NOT addressed AFTER you have it all planned. The template will collapse to fewer pages then… You have a UNIT and you’ll know exactly what you have addressed and addressed well!

37 Time to Explore and Ask ?’s Sent you the PowerPoint and the template. Explore the site, site, and site.www.p21.org Any questions you have about anything?

38 Time to Explore the Common Core Standards… Please notice… At the end of the ELA standards, there are standards for ELA in Science and Social Studies New standards for Math and ELA based on the Common Core Standards, with ND additions throughout… Go back to the ANCHOR Standards to see where you fit in! As you EXPLORE, record on a sticky note how you can incorporate the COMMON CORE Standards into your current practice…

39 THANK YOU! I hope that you’ve learned a few things you can take back to your classroom. I know that I have learned so much from you! Molly J. Bestge Secondary Curriculum Coordinator and National Board Certified Teacher West Fargo Public Schools West Fargo, ND Follow me on Twitter—mjbestge Follow me on Diigo--mbestge


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