A student, a Principal and what learning (and teaching) should look like under Common Core!

sarah photoI was travelling recently and read an article I must share. It’s by Gail Marshall, who writes for The Fresno Bee. She quotes a colleague of mine, Eric Sheniger, (an award-winning administrator and author of the book “Digital Leadership”) talking about a student presentation he feels represents entirely what “the Core” looks like in action. He shares that “in about seven minutes, (student) Sarah demonstrates the heart of Common Core’s higher-level thinking standards. It’s creative; addresses real-world problems; demonstrates digital fluency; interests students; gives students power over their own learning; demands research, reading, writing, analysis; grapples with an issue; states her opinion and backs it up with rationale. It is student-centered and crosses disciplines. Sarah did not just use media, she also was a creator.” I wanted to share this with you here. Click here to see this YouTube video of the work of student Sarah Almeda of New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey. (That’s her in the photo above left!)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-itvkb7kMc   (Note: Danielle Shanley, director of curriculum and instruction for New Milford Public Schools, developed this activity.) Her principal, Eric, watched Sarah’s presentation and said that “once her video began, everyone was floored,” he says. “I can honestly say this was one of the best, most inspiring, thought-provoking student presentations I have ever seen. Not only was it created entirely through self-directed learning, but it also sent a strong message about how powerful creativity is to learning for our students.” Gail shares that within two weeks, Sarah’s commentary on creativity spread and “more than 8,500 people viewed her video nationwide on YouTube, largely spread via Sheninger’s social media network.” So see it for yourself, enjoy and pass it on. The full article by Gail Marshall can be seen at: http://www.iste.org/explore/ArticleDetail?articleid=73

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