Peer to Peer Learning in the Shanghai Secret

Peer to Peer Learning in the Shanghai Secret:

dailythemesblog:

In his recent article in the New York Times, Mr. Friedman has written about how “Shanghai’s public secondary schools topped the world charts in the 2009 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) exams that measure the ability of 15-year-olds in 65 countries to apply what they’ve learned…

Nice example of collaborative lesson planning as well as http://peeragogy.org in action.

Lesson Plan for Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 COC IEP 200 Class

Tuesday’s lesson plan has been uploaded to my website and you can download the OpenDocument Text version of the file (41.4 kB):

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Below is a page of our current (5th) Fantom of the Fair story we’ll be finishing in class today:

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What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Monday, February 11th, 2013

Details from today’s (Mon. 11 Feb. 2013COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago. You can compare what happened below with the lesson plan, heading into class. For context, please see this page with more past lesson plans for this class and all the class recaps.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

Read “Al-Qaida Branch Expands Power in North Africa“ article from News for You (print edition) about Al-Qaida’s expanding power in Mali. Led to a discussion about the differences between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT 1 (FOURTH ED.)

Reviewed pages 48 to 50 together then completed exercise 11 on page 51 and read the grammar point together.

One student asked about auxiliary verb in the pages above; this resource The verb do – auxiliary and main verb was helpful for more information.

We also discussed pronouncing the /s/ and /z/ sounds, the Phonetics Flash Animation Project from University of Iowa was incredibly useful to visualize the different sounds.

SURVEY PROJECT

Reviewed everyone’s first drafts of their survey essays and then outlined the presentation they will prepare for Thursday.

COMIC BOOK

Continued reading our fifth “Fantom of the Fair” story appearing in Amazing Mystery Funnies #22 (July 1940) and the students answered the following comprehension questions:

  • Page 5: What did the gangsters do to the balls?
  • Page 6: Why does the player say “That was a close shave?”

ANSWERS:

  • Page 5: They put nitroglycerin in the balls.
  • Page 6: Becasue he would have died if the Fantom didn’t save him.

FICTION

Finished ‘The Old Oak Bowl’ story from Antoinette Moses’ Frozen Pizza and Other Slices of Life and the students answered the following questions:

PAGE 24

  1. Is Walker an English name? Where did it come from?
  2. What did Mr. Walker realize?
  3. Give 2 examples of how the country is always changing.

Answers:

  1. Walker is not an English name, it is from the Netherlands.
  2. He realized that England has always been a changing country with lots of new immigrants. 
  3. Any 2 of: The Saxons, Romans and Normans immigrated to England (answers on the page itself).

PAGE 25

  1. How does the first paragraph of the story on page 18 apply to Mr. Walker at the end?

We were still discussing this question as class ended so the answer will come tomorrow!

HOMEWORK

Survey Project:

  1. Write the second draft of your essay
  2. Finish the first draft of the first 5 slids of your presentation (Introduction, Research, Results, Analysis, Conclusion)
  • Study for Final Exam next Thursday (Download study guide)
  • Grammar in Context 1: pages 51 to 53
  • Fiction: read/review pages 24 to 25 of “Frozen Pizza”
  • News: read “Debate over Sick Days …” article and write a 3 sentence summary

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UPDATE

  • CHICAGO — 11 Feb 2013 10:16 pm — Added additional links to the grammar section.

What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Wednesday February 6th

Details from today’s (Wed. 6 Feb. 2013COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago. You can compare what happened below with the lesson plan, heading into class. For context, please see this page with more past lesson plans for this class and all the class recaps.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

Read “British Towns Sell Art to Pay the Bills” article from News for You about London’s Towler Hamlets borough selling ‘Draped Seated Woman,’ a Henry Moore sculpture, to balance their budget.

Oddly enough, Moore’s ‘Recumbent Figure’ sculpture came up in class Monday as the characters in the ‘Two Worlds’ short story gave their thoughts on the piece while perusing Tate Modern.

GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT 1 (FOURTH ED.)

Reviewed page 45 together as a class then completed Exercise 3 on page 46.

SURVEY PROJECT

Discussed how it went last night for students conducting their surveys in Chicagoland. Everyone had positive things to say about the experience! Then taught the students how to craft topic sentences for the “Survey Results” and “Analysis” paragraphs of their essays.

COMIC BOOK

Started our fifth “Fantom of the Fair” story appearing in Amazing Mystery Funnies #22 (July 1940) following similar themes to previous stories, this one is set in a baseball organization.

FICTION

Finished  and completed the worksheet questions from its publisher (Cambridge UP). After that we looked at numerous photos of Tate Modern to give students a sense of what they were reading about. This led to a short discussion on the differences between classical art and modern art as well as touching on postmodern art and post-postmodern art.

Kept reading ‘The Old Oak Bowl’ from Antoinette Moses’ Frozen Pizza and Other Slices of Life getting trough pages 20 to 21. 2 additional comprehension and 1 discussion question(s) arose in addition to those in the lesson plan linked above:

PAGE 21

  1. In the first paragraph on page 21 who is the “she” woman?
  2. How do the antique shop owners help Mr. Walker?
  3. (Discussion) Do you agree or disagree that it’s wrong to sell presents?“Things are not always what you believe them to be.” Do you believe this? Give an example.

Answers:

  1. His female colleague who sold the chair he repared for her.
  2. By not throwing away furniture they think he might like.
  3. Answers vary.

HOMEWORK

Survey Project:

  1. Write the “Results” paragraph answering “How and where did you do your survey?” and a table of the results
  2. Write the “Analysis” paragraph answering “Were you surprised by the results?” and “How did they compare to your research?”
  3. Each paragraph has to be more than 3 sentences
  4. The essay needs to be turned in, in 1 document containing the writing already done (introduction and research paragraphs)
  • NorthStar: pages 88 to 90, EXCEPT #5 on page 88 and #4 on page 90
  • Grammar in Context 1: page 47
  • Fiction: read/review pages 20 to 21 of “Frozen Pizza”
  • News: read “People Are Living Longer, but Are Sicker” and answer the comprehension questions
  • Study for Quiz 3 on Thursday – Download Study Guide (ODT from danoff.org)

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Lesson Plan for Wednesday February 6th, 2013 COC IEP 200 Class

Wednesday’s lesson plan has been uploaded to my website and you can download the OpenDocument Text version of the file (41.4 kB):

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Below is the cover of our next (5th!) Fantom of the Fair story we’ll be reading in class:

Comic Book Image is (possibly) in the Public Domain and found via the Digital Comics Museum.

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Lesson Plan for Tuesday February 5th, 2013 COC IEP 200 Class

Tuesday’s lesson plan has been uploaded to my website and you can download the OpenDocument Text version of the file (41.4 kB):

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What we did in our CoC IEP 200 Class on Monday February 4th

Details from today’s (Mon. 4 Feb. 2013COC IEP 200 Class at the College of Chicago. You can compare what happened below with the lesson plan, heading into class. For context, please see this page with more past lesson plans for this class and all the class recaps.

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

Read “France shuns use of Twitter ‘hashtag’” article from Breaking News English. Interesting article and subsequent discussion about loan words and universal languages.

GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT

Started a new lesson today and learned about the simple present tense.

SURVEY PROJECT

Checked in students draft of their 9 survey questions and edited them. Gave them back to students so they could do their final drafts tonight.

NORTHSTAR

Reviewed and discussed Unit 4 pages 86 to 87.

COMIC BOOK

Finished our fourth “Fantom of the Fair” story from Amazing Mystery Funnies Vol. 3 #1 and got closer to learning the true identity of the Fantom!

FICTION

Discussed pages 15 and 16 of ‘Two Worlds’ from Antoinette Moses’ Frozen Pizza and Other Slices of Life. The two main characters were spending time in Tate Modern and Rosie offered her opinions of the Dali’s Lobster Telephone and Henry Moore’s ‘Recumbent Figure.’

HOMEWORK

  • NorthStar 4: “B GRAMMAR” exercises on pages 84 to 85
  • News: Read “AFTER TRAGEDY, NEWTOWN DEBATES A SCHOOL’S FUTURE” News for You article and write a 3 sentence summary of the main idea and some details from the article
  • Grammar: Do page 45
  • Survey Project: Finish the final draft of your survey
  • Study for Quiz 3 on Thursday: News for You Newtown vocab words, Vocab Words from NorthStar Unit 4 page 74 and Grammar pages 31 to 33, 41-45
  • Fiction: read/review pages 15 and 16 of “Frozen Pizza …”

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Lesson Plan for Monday February 4th, 2013 COC IEP 200 Class

Thursday’s lesson plan has been uploaded to my website and you can download the OpenDocument Text version of the file (41.4 kB):

  • from danoff.org by clicking here

You can download LibreOffice for free (for Mac, Windows & GNU/Linux) to read and edit the document. If you would prefer to use Microsoft Word, here are instructions for Word 2007 and Word 2010/2013. If you are on a Mac using OSX 10.8 these instructions may help.

Below is one of the pages of the Fantom of the Fair comic we’ll be reading in class (comprehension questions are in the lesson plan).

Comic Book Image is (possibly) in the Public Domain and found via the Digital Comics Museum.

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