It is a privilege for me to be asked to provide this blog post to you as a way of introducing you to a new resource from LDC—a new essay and teaching resource, titled Argumentation Across the Disciplines, authored by myself (P. David Pearson) and colleagues Vicki Griffo, Catherine Miller, and Barrie Olson. LDC gave us the opportunity to summarize research about and best practices in studying argumentation in social studies, science, and English Language Arts. It is our hope that this resource, along with all the embedded links to even more helpful pedagogical tools, will prove to be a lasting and ever-improving resource to the LDC community of educators.
LDC coaches and administrators who monitor the progress of their teachers’ instructional cycles often rely on seeing a red triangle icon appear on the summary cards of their Learning Reports to know that a module has been taught. This icon indicates that student work has been attached to a participant’s module. In the past, the red triangle icon would only appear for the specific teacher who attached the student work to a module. If the module had co-authors, the icon would not appear on Learning Reports for those teachers. Now, all authors of a module will receive a red triangle whenever anybody attaches student work to the module.
One of the legacies of 2017 is the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about civics, fairness, and responsibility. As we head into this new year, I think it’s fair to say that many Americans are more civically engaged than in past years—protesting and marching, writing and posting, joining active communities, voicing personal opinions, and even running for office. 2017 galvanized many citizens to consider how high-level politics affects daily life and to become more involved.
Note: We are pleased to welcome guest bloggers and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellows Celenia Calderon and Maria Teresa Alcala from Saturn Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, they share their experience in learning and implementing LDC tools.
We are excited to announce the upcoming January 2018 release of a new LDC white paper on teaching argumentation, developed with renowned literacy expert P. David Pearson and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Dr. Pearson and his team immersed themselves in the best available research and resources on argumentation and condensed their findings into a handy guide to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching argument.
Recently we introduced enhancements that you will notice the next time you view an LDC Learning Report for any licensed group that you manage.
These improvements were made in response to feedback from coaches and leaders to help them better support those they manage under an LDC Teacher Learning Kit or Coach Certification Kit license.
Note: We are pleased to welcome guest bloggers and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellows Michael Corneau, Principal, and Angela Schoon, Teacher Leader, from R.L. Stevenson Elementary School in Merritt Island, FL. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, they outline a scope and sequence map.
As a parent, I struggle mightily trying to figure out what to teach my children. On the one hand, I really need them to follow certain rules—I need them to cross at crosswalks, to not drink and drive, to go to school, to be kind, and to assume the best in people. I really want them to follow other rules—put their shoes away, don’t leave dirty clothes on the floor…
My struggle is that rule-following is at odds with some of the most important skills children need to have heading into their lives as productive members of our global and digital society. Researcher Tony Wagner, of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, has identified the “7 Survival Skills” needed for modern engagement and none of them are “rule following.”
Like many organizations, LDC has a lexicon filled with unique vocabulary. Take a look at this list to dig into some terms that might be more-than-meets-the-eye!
Note: We are pleased to welcome guest blogger and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellow Katie McNelly from Van Siclen Community School in New York. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, she shares her school's experiences implementing LDC.