Final Project Course 1

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For my final project, my teaching partner-in-crime and fellow Coetailer, Lydnsay Janzen, chose to revamp our Grade 4 Social Studies unit on Conflict and Resolution. One of the reasons we chose this unit is because (for a variety of reason) we did not teach it last year and my team is unfamiliar with it. Another reason we chose this unit is because we wanted to give it a much-needed update.

We revamped our essential questions and enduring understanding to be more focused and purposeful for fourth graders. We felt that many of the lessons that were in the unit we lacking on substance and too content focused. We added ISTE and speaking and listening standards to our unit plan and integrated technology and counseling into our unit. We also changed how we present and give students access to resources to help further their own understanding. We removed the dreaded packet that used to support this unit and used the inquiry cycle to help guide us through our planning. In doing so, we noticed that this unit was stopping at the Sorting Out phase of the inquiry cycle and did not provide students the opportunity to participate in higher-order thinking activities. We added a mid-unit assessment to gain understanding of the students’ content knowledge, before moving on to the Going Further and Drawing Conclusions phase.

These changes relate to Course 1 in a few ways, the most meaningful changes, from my perspective, is the amount of collaboration that went into this unit. In planning with Lydnsay my EAL teacher, and Ann our counselor, we were able to integrate the counseling curriculum in a meaningful way, as well as support the language all students (Not just the EALers) need to mediate through conflict. In addition, students are beginning to develop their own PLN with our class through the the use of Google Docs & Slides as well as Seesaw. Our next steps are to branch out and have our students broaden their PLN to the other 4th grade classes at ASH. We would like to unpack these expectations with our students over the course of this unit. Then….we want to extend the PLNs to include other students in other schools. 

Jennifer Byrnes

My name is Jen and this is my 10th year as an educator. I am a fourth-grade teacher at the American School of the Hague. I have lived and worked in the US, Uk, Italy, China and the Netherlands. I have taught grades K-4.

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  1. November 26, 2016

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