This Thursday, September 22…
edPioneer is pleased to announce the launch of its FREE Webinar Series! For the first online exchange, I will talk with you about implementing the Inquiry Research Project, which is a great way to immerse your students in modern, global issues via research while giving them their license to drive the learning process!
During this webinar, I will guide you through setting up, facilitating, and assessing the Inquiry Research Project, along with adding in some tips and best practices along the way including sequencing suggestions and pacing remarks. A live, Q&A session will follow the presentation to address any of your lingering, project-related questions.
Join me for some professional development fun. Sign up TODAY by clicking on the image below! Spaces are limited!
(Need points? Professional development ‘Certificate of Completion’ available! NOTE: Please speak with your school or district prior to this event to ensure its eligibility.)
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A post I made this morning has sparked the curiosity of several blog followers, so I just want to take a minute to update you on this mysterious, password-protected piece 🙂
In the AP Seminar course, students are required to tackle a number of research tasks, one of them being a Team Research Project. During the course of this project, they do two reports (one individual, one team-based), and a presentation. This is somewhat similar to the Team Task that AICE: Global Perspectives & Research 9239 requires.
As this is AP Seminar’s debut year, my classes have been working hard to turn the abstract learning goals of this pioneering, new curriculum into concrete accomplishments. Most recently, my student engaged in an official simulation of the Team Project component. I casually filmed all presentations on my smart phone, but to my dismay, I couldn’t get the videos OFF my phone and onto any other medium (in part because my iPhone 6Plus is a sham, lol). I tried it all…I iClouded, I compressed, I emailed, I, I, I…I couldn’t muster the tech geek in me to figure it out. BUT…the blog was my saving 21st century grace, indeed, because the WordPress plan I have allows me to embed videos…yippeee!
Long story short, I will be uploading about 15 student presentation videos to the blog over the course of this week so I can share these with my classes. Each group will have their own, password-protected link where they can both review their video and see their rubric score.
If you are currently teaching AP Seminar or are interested in teaching it next year, this tool may prove most useful to you! One ethical snag, however…
Until I obtain permission/signatures from parent/guardians to post this information online, I will need to password-protect these precious artifacts of student work. I plan to send out the permission form this evening and require parent/guardian yea-or-neah signatures by Friday. Following that, I will be able to unlock passcodes, etc. Until then, I appreciate your patience and enthusiasm!
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Jill Pavich, NBCT
Happy 1st Day, GP Colleagues!
I sure hope the first day back in the GP classroom treated you well!
In honor of the new school year, I have a VIU…Very Important Update…regarding the new year…
Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, there is one basic adjustment to the GP exam that we MUST be aware of…
It regards how many prompts are on the GP exam. Traditionally–as you may have learned from my previous PowerPoints, covering overview/basics–the GP exam has consisted of 15 prompts from which students are asked to select TWO, so they can write TWO, full essays within the span of TWO hours…
However, PLEASE NOTE that this year’s syllabus will be cutting a single prompt from each of the three sections; therefore…
THERE WILL BE 12 PROMPTS TO CHOOSE FROM ON THIS YEAR’S GP EXAM AS OPPOSED TO THE TRADITIONAL 15.
It is super important that you make your students aware of this change in the General Paper 8004 syllabus! Any previously-released exams you share with them will showcase 15 prompts, so just make them aware that the test they will see this May/June will include just 3 less prompts, one omitted from each section to drop us from 15 to 12 options total.
Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but we want clarity across the curriculum, and we want to make sure No Student (or Teacher!) Is Left Confused.
For more information, check the AICE: General Paper 8004 Syllabus for the 2014 administration.
Best of luck to you this semester 🙂
Cambridge International will be hosting workshops again this summer for AICE Professional Development. Yes, there is a GP workshop, and YES, I will be hosting it once again! I’m SO excited! (See the Workshop tab for previous workshop materials and coverage).
This year, the workshop will be held in Orlando, Florida, on June 10-11. The “Best Practices” General Paper workshop will be on Monday, June 10th so I really hope you can make it! I have a whole new spread of materials, activities and ideas to share, and I can’t wait to network with my old GP pals plus make some new friends along the way!
Feel free to visit the Cambridge Professional Development Workshop link for more information on exact location, fees, accommodations, etc.
Again, I hope to see you there!