Millennials Workshop Next Month (April 17)


Below is the write-up for our CAIS PD event next month at Hamden Hall.  Can you think of anything to add– Topics to touch on with participants, questions about current “logging of student work” (blogs, google docs, etc) online, especially any sticking-points/”unease of transmission” issues in getting the work in, graded, signified/reviewed, etc.  Anything new to offer besides edmodo?  Which we have, by the way, thanks to Marek Beck– and note Kirby Mahoney, Ph.D. in Childhood Ed., presenting on Lower School new applications and curriculum– If you have questions for either of these “onboard pros”, as well, let me know and I will direct to him/them and get a response–

–thanks for any feedback, Bill Hunter

CAIS Dinner Meeting                                                                                                                             Hamden Hall School                                                                                                                               Tuesday, April 17, 2012

5:15-7:45 pm

The New Frontier:

Meeting the Challenge of Millennial and Gen. Z Students

(with New Haven pizza and salad)

 In this evening workshop, questions of transforming curriculum and classroom practices in order to appeal more directly to our web-assimilated, social media-native students will be considered.  Why we as teachers might want to shift our approach to “meet the trade” will be considered in relation to still-relevant educational goals that may benefit, indeed, from a new approach to daily work, lessons and assignments.  Indeed, the more we read that our millennial students are used to working collaboratively, are unused to criticism except when nestled in larger fields of praise, and are more interested in banding together with peers than competing against them academically, the more we may feel that our perennial “big assignments” such as period tests and term papers may need to be permuted, as well.

Following dinner, there will be a keynote presentation of some web 2.0 applications that can be used to transform daily homework checks and rote learning into collaborative work which allows students to demonstrate various levels of mastery—to each other, as well—and allows the teacher to enter the conversation in real time as commentator and questioner.

We will then break up into smaller groups to discuss these new classroom methodologies in relation to the following specialty areas:

a.)  Presentation and Round Table Discussion on Lower School Students, now Generation Z:  An exploration of project-based collaborative learning  with the newest cadre of digital natives. (Kirby Mahoney, St. Thomas’s School,)

b.)  Middle and Upper School Blogging, Journaling and Google doc-ing; how to design assignments that will elevate your students’ interest in doing homework and incidental writing—featuring both critical and creative blogging, and collaborative project-based work.  (Bill Hunter, Hamden Hall School, Sandy Wirth, Goodwin College)

c.) Using Wikis & Edmodo to Promote 21ST Century Models of Learning                                     Wikis and Edmodo are two web 2.0 resources that we have been using in our daily practices that have lead to increased student motivation, engagement, and achievement.  The examples that will be offered will be put in a context of lessons, activities, assignments, and projects that promote 21st century skills.  (Marek Beck, David Saunders, Greenwich Country Day)


About wordforester

Bill Hunter-- English teacher, poet, prose-writer, father, husband, native New Hampshirite, summer Mainer, CT teacher for the last 29 years-- with interests in how to develop young writers and create a new literary community beyond internet chatter and a diminishing reading culture... let me know if you have any routes to ponder, especially in regard to satisfying the twin needs of reading acuity and interpretive skill combined with innovative writing assignments that involve both student voice and text-intensive investigation...
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