Learning By Doing
Have you found that in spite of your hard work, some students simply do not learn?
It is becoming clear to educators across the country that with all the standards that are expected to be taught, combined with all the assessments that we give, not to mention all the other responsibilities of being a teacher that the only possible way we have of surviving and doing a good job is by collaborating with our colleagues in a meaningful way. Learning by Doing is the on-line book study for you. Educators who collaborate in teams using a PLC approach find this to be the most promising strategy for meeting the challenge of helping all students learn at high levels.
Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered.
*WA State educators have the option of earning 30 clock hours offered through ESD 112.
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Required Reading: Learning By Doing, A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work". Written by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas W. Many and Mike Mattos
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1) Purchase and read Learning by Doing, A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work – Third Edition by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas W. Many and Mike Mattos. You can find this book at amazon.com or your favorite bookstore.
2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout.
3) Students who already work in professional learning communities will: Create a common formative assessment with their grade level team. They will then analyze data from that assessment to come up with a plan for intervention to address student needs based on the data. They will write a 2-3 page paper reflecting on successes and challenges in creating that formative assessment and plan for interventions.
Students who do not already work in professional learning communities will: Meet with their grade level team or other cohort (depending on their educational setting) and discuss the possibility of creating a collaborative PLC. They will discuss the important components of a PLC; a focus on learning, a collaborative culture and collective responsibility, and a results orientation. Students will write a 2-3 page paper reflecting on the successes and challenges of creating a PLC in their educational setting.
All 3 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Handout: The rubric for the Book Study Hand-Out is broken down into 4 goal areas.
First Goal: Pertains to questions #1-22 on the Hand-Out. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric in the Course Syllabus.
Second Goal: Pertains to questions #22-32. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric in the Course Syllabus.
Third Goal: Pertains to questions #34-41. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric in the Course Syllabus.
Fourth Goal: Pertains to questions #42-54. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric in the Course Syllabus.
Paper: The rubric for Love and Logic Reflection paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric in the Course Syllabus.
The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is (28) (24 points for the answers to the questions on the Course Handout and 4 points for the Reflection Paper).
Grading is as follows:
- “A” grade – 20points
- “B” grade – 18-19 points
- “C” grade – 16-17 points
- “D” grade – 14-15 points
“E” grade = 13 points or less
An “NC” (No credit) grade will be given if all (3) assignments are not completed within (1) year
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Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $180 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU first to earn graduate credit.
Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. (Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school districts equivalent language for clock hours earned.) A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.
Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112. $3 per clock hour. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is complete.