The Southeast Education Alliance for Professional Development sponsored a wonderful presentation today in Wilimington, NC. The title of the presentation was "Practical Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap," with Larry I. Bell, National Education Consultant.
I was simply blown away by his energy and really practical strategies. After about the first hour, my mind began to focus on how I was going to use one of his main tools in my classroom. I have been using Moodle in my classroom for almost two years now. My students like Moodle activities like Hot Potatoes J Matching but they get tired of it. I have struggled with creating reading activities that engage my students. Mr. Bell has a reading strategy he calls "UNRAAVEL".
Let me try to outline how I plan to initially implement this in a Moodle lesson. I am not sure how it will work, but I will be blogging about it soon. The first step is to find an appropriate reading passage. This could be a challenge. Let's say for now that I have an original story about a science concept. More than likely, I will use materials from Wikipedia, or our textbook, it I can acquire permission from the textbook publishers. Since I am not opening the class outside my classroom, I am banking on traditional fair-use protection of copyrights. Our Moodle site, WCS WebCampus
is password protected. Anyway, Moodle has a module called a lesson. In the first part of the , students will first see the reading passage. Next, they will have to complete a series of edits to the reading passage. Finally, they will answer a multiple choice question about that passage.
I am just in the initial thinking stage about this process, but I think it will work.
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