Wednesday, 21 January 2009

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Technology in the Middle » Blog Archive » Hands-On Learning is “Grand”:

Patrick Woessner wrote:
"I’ve spent the better part of the last two weekends helping my fourth grade son complete a series of “hands-on” activities designed to teach him about the southeast region of the United States. These activities were developed by a well known publishing company (not to be named here) whose materials were described by their distributor as “…developed by teachers with hands-on classroom experience. All of the materials are developmentally appropriate, educationally sound, and fun! They are committed to simplifying teachers’ lives by providing them with resource materials that save time and enrich the classroom experience.”

I’m not so sure about that.

For this assignment, my son could choose to complete either three, five, or seven activities corresponding to “grades” of good, great, and grand respectively from a list of 12 possible options."
Patrick lists the seven tasks and the outcomes of his son's work and learning.

I commented:
Interesting post and quite a dilemma for you.

Your comment: "there were no learning objectives or assessment rubrics included with the assignment." is the essence of the problem.

Does your state have curriculum standards? What "subject" was this task for?

I wonder will you raise your concerns with school leaders?

More educator-parents who are well-informed need to consider doing exactly that.

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