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In December we challenged teachers. You responded. See the results!

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Mar 23, 2013 6:00:00 PM

lesson plan contestBack in December we challenged teachers to enter our lesson plan contest for a chance to win a classroom party paid for entirely by the Marygrove MAT program.

We were impressed with the winning lesson plan—so impressed, in fact, that we are offering Mrs. Blackburn’s Operation Global Connection lesson plan as a free downloadable!

We want to thank everyone who entered our contest for inspiring us and sharing your passion and creativity!

What is Operation Global Connection and how did it begin?  
When Mrs. Blackburn’s eighth grade social studies students trickled into class in late November, something was different: The desks were arranged in a circle and the classroom more closely resembled a “town meeting hall” than the traditional space they were used to.

As they settled into their new arrangement, Mrs. Blackburn briefed her students on their forthcoming project—one that they would be responsible for designing, implementing and publishing. Students were free to take the project in any direction they wished as long as it met Rhode Island’s GSE HP2, an academic standard that asks students to connect the past with the present.

Everything they did—whether it was researching historical photos, snapping new ones, writing essays or interviewing international students—would be guided by two essential questions:

  • “Why does what happened in the past matter to me today?”
  • “How will it affect my future?”

What did students do?
As a collective, the students decided to research how the history of their state, city, school and classroom communities have changed over time, and then make predictions about how they may change in the future. Students also thought it was worth considering how the values, history, and life in Cranston compared to life elsewhere. To find out, they used technology to connect with students in Greece, Russia, China, Kansas and Connecticut.

How were students assessed?
Although the project had a floating agenda that was set at the beginning of each class, students were regularly assessed through “exit slips” and mini-projects they submitted through Google Docs.

Exit slips asked students two questions: “What did you accomplish today?” and “How can I (Mrs. Blackburn) help you as we move forward? These had to be filled out and submitted at the end of every class.

Mini-projects included:

  • Writing short essays that required students to use research to respond to project-related writing prompts
  • Filming video documentaries to catalogue the project’s development
  • Creating online polls and questionnaires and compiling the results
  • Using Padlet to discuss articles and better understand the lives of their global partners
  • Using various online platforms like Wordle to brainstorm

At the end of three weeks, the project culminated in a nine minute video.

We hope that you and your students find the lesson plan to be helpful! You can download it by clicking here or on the icon below.


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Enter our lesson plan contest & win a classroom party on us!

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Dec 7, 2012 2:55:00 PM

Lesson Plan Contest Marygrove CollegeOne of our favorite things about working in education is that we are always surrounded by teachers and students who continue to inspire us with their passion and creativity.

At Marygrove, we know that no teacher is an island. Educators thrive when they have the support of a like-minded community and when they have access to resources that enhance curriculum and engage students.

We started thinking about how we might better serve our community of teachers. We came up with an idea, but we’re going to need your help to pull it off!

Starting Dec. 6, 2012 we are asking you to submit the most creative, most successful lesson plan you’ve got!

Winners will receive a $100 gift card so they can throw a celebration party with their class! Not only that, they’ll also have their lesson plans showcased on our website—which receives over 13,000 views every month—and have an MAT goody bag sent to their school!

Lesson plans will be evaluated based upon their:

  • Overall creativity
  • Ability to effectively achieve learning goals
  • Assessment of student learning

How many winners?  We’ll choose at least one winner from each category below for each grade level – elementary, middle and high school:

  • Reducing bullying
  • Math across the curriculum
  • Engaging students in deep thinking
  • English Language Learners
  • Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic-Tactile
  • Motivating the under motivated
  • Literacy outside of reading class
  • Science without explosions
  • Games – teacher-made, fun, and focused
  • Beyond the classroom or school walls

All lesson plans must:

  • Be original work, authored by only one teacher
  • Include teacher’s name, lesson title, grade/subject area, a brief lesson summary and learning objectives
  • Include list of the materials to be used, as well as copies of teacher-created handouts (if applicable)
  • Include an approximation of the time it takes to execute the lesson
  • Be submitted by Dec. 14, 2012

We’re looking forward to your submissions and the opportunity to share your ideas with our vibrant community of educators! It’s our hope that this contest will help us continue to nurture a safe, interactive space where you can showcase your strengths, widen your community and learn from teachers who share your passion and commitment.


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