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Project Abstract
Orchestrating Equitable Classrooms
Authors: Jane Juten and Ishrat Ahmed
When thinking about our students' voices in our classrooms, we consider if we are creating an environment where all students know their voices matter. No matter what the demographics of a classroom or school, issues of status and bias lurk to break down students' sense of belonging and importance in a classroom. We discuss two tools that work hand-in-hand to address these issues: 1) naming core values, and 2) community building circles.
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Mastery Approach to Teaching as a Way to Promote Growth Mindset and Equity
Grade Level(s): The example is 10th, 11th, 12th
Author: Alex Chanysheva
As a NYC public school teacher, I tried to achieve two main goals in my math class: equitable access for all students and academic rigor, even though at times it seemed like an impossible task to do. During the last school year, my co-teacher and I started using Mastery approach to teaching and this transition made a huge difference for our math classes as with flexible pacing and multiple opportunities to demonstrate their skills our students felt more motivated and successful. I will reflect on some of the challenges during this transition and share examples of the learning targets, mastery grading rubric, and mastery assessments for our Algebra 2 and Statistics classes.
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Learning Maps
Grade Level(s): Any grade level, the example is for 7th grade
Author: Maria Taplin
This is a working draft of one way to initiate learning maps in a classroom. I am writing from two perspectives - the teacher and the instructional coach. To goal is to help students with their unit learning by having them complete “a graphic organizer that highlights (and connects) the knowledge, skills, and big ideas that students should get from a lesson, unit, or course.” (Jim Knight)
The Learning Map will keep students and teachers focused on what is important, while offering a zoomed-out view of the unit (Forest) and showing the relationship between components of a unit (Trees). It will also function as a review guide and study tool.
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Classroom Culture Building
Authors: Sierra Huff and Amanda Markey
A foundation of trust is an integral part of any successful classroom. In our project, we surveyed the teachers at PCMI and collected their favorite collaborative culture-building activities - the materials they use, what they say to students and why they use that activity in their classroom. We will share all of the activities back with the group by the last day so that everyone can benefit from each other's wisdom.
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