Depth and Complexity in “Escape”

Here are some ideas of how the depth and complexity and imperative content icons might be applied to “Escape,” one of the selections in the fourth-grade Open Court Risks and Consequences Unit. Although some of these ideas (particularly parallels) may come up in the course of a class discussion even without deliberately applying the GATE icons, I believe that by thinking, in advance, about how the icons relate to a selection, the teacher can help guide the students to think more profoundly. Of course, the questions remain of how much we want to involve ourselves in a student discussion and in what other ways we can encourage this kind of thinking during a story discussion.

Universal Theme – Power
• Does Wilbur have any power?
• What power does the Zuckerman’s have?
• How do the Zuckerman’s “control” Wilbur?

Big Idea

What statements can be made about risks and consequences?
• Sometimes we experience unanticipated negative consequences when we take a risk.
• Sometimes we take risks without really thinking about the possible consequences.
• We can be encouraged by others to take risks that we wouldn’t have otherwise
considered.
• We can regret the risks we take.

Other big ideas

• Once we get what we think we want, we may not like it as much as we thought we would.
• We may think we’re unhappy, but when we try something different, we learn to appreciate what we had.

Language of the Discipline – setting, characters, problem, climax, conclusion

Unanswered Questions

• What would have happened if he had escaped to the woods?
• Would Wilbur have liked being out of his pen if the animals hadn’t been yelling at him and the Zuckermans hadn’t tried to catch him?
• Will Wilbur start to feel bored again with life in his pen, or will he start remembering how he didn’t like it once he was out in the world?
• Does not liking to be out in the world resolve Wilbur’s issue of boredom at home?
• It said in the selection that the other animals got excited when one of their own got out.
Do the other animals wish they could escape? Might they change their mind after
seeing what Wilbur experienced?

Structure

The selection follows a familiar pattern: 1) description of setting 2) description of the problem and its cause 3) new problem arises in the course of solving original problem 4) problem is resolved.

Point-of-View

• What might Mrs. Zuckerman be thinking?
• What might the other animals be thinking?

Influences

If the goose had not prodded him to escape, would Wilbur have left his pen if he had noticed the loose board on his own?

Convergence Many events had to have happened at the same time for the story to unfold as it did: Fern had to have not come, Wilbur had to be bored, the board had to be loose, the goose had to notice board was loose, the goose had to coax Wilbur to leave the pen, and Mrs. Zuckerman had to have been standing at the window.

Parallels

How does the risk Wilbur takes compare to the risks the characters in the other selections took?
• Wilbur and Mrs. Frisby: Mrs. Frisby thought through the possible negative and positive consequences of each choice, both of which involved risk, before deciding which path to take home. Wilbur, on the other hand, didn’t think about the possible consequences of leaving his pen except that he might have thought it was a solution to his boredom.
• Wilbur and Jeremy (the crow): Wilbur’s risk is like Jeremy’s in that neither of them thought much in advance of the possible consequences. They were both motivated by a desire for pleasure.
• Wilbur and Toto: Both characters took risks of going into unknown territories.
• Wilbur and Sarah: Both took a chance because they wanted a change in their lives.

How does Wilbur’s experience relate to our own lives?
• How much freedom do we want?
• How much do we want to be taken care of?
• What’s it like being out in the world vs. staying at home?
• In what ways is Wilbur’s experience of freedom like our own experience of being “out in the world” or away from home?
• Do people in our own lives ever prod us to do something we later regret?
• Have we ever felt like Wilbur – bored with life?

Nothing comes to mind for the following icons: Patterns, Trends, Change Across Time, or Paradox. Perhaps someone else might have some ideas of how to apply those icons to this selection.

Five Habits of Highly Effective Online Students

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Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of students in on-ground classes, online classes and hybrid courses too. Though the technology has changed continuously, certain things have not. Check out the five online habits used by the highest grade earners.

  1. Successful students stay in touch with the online environment. Some login once or twice every day. Others synch their wireless phones with the discussion forums and announcements. Whatever their exact method, the highest scoring students don’t wander away for days and then rush to catch up.
  2. They make the time. Every couple weeks, a student sends me an email detailing why they didn’t’ have the opportunity to do this or that and can they now please have more time. The funny thing is, these emails can run 500-700 words in length, leading me to think that if they had the chance to write all that, they had time to do their homework. The most successful students never ask for more time because they carve out as little as twenty minutes a day to stay on top of their studies.
  3. They control their time. It’s not enough just to make time; you have to manage it. Did you know as much as 25% of our time is spent shifting back and forth between projects? People call this multi-tasking, but at the end of an eight hour day, that’s two whole hours spend doing nothing but figuring out what you’re doing. Successful students dedicate blocks of time to each activity and batch similar activities together. For example, twenty minutes in the online discussion forum responding to posts. Then, full stop. Open the reading. Read for twenty-minutes. Full stop. Write for twenty minutes. You’d be amazed what I’ve seen super-busy students produced in just an hour, only by managing their time firmly. Remember also to make rest time and play time which is free of work. You need that too.
  4. Leverage new technology. A student introduced almost all the latest technology used in my classes. They’re always coming up with ways to save time, present work more efficiently or locate research. If something seems hard, google around a bit and see if there is a free app to make it easier. If there isn’t maybe you could build one and become the next internet billionaire.
  5. Reach out and get connected. Where are you going? What are your goals? Those will college degrees tend to make more than those without but don’t just sit back and wait for the jobs to come to you. The most effective students I’ve seen are in touch with prospective employers, grad schools and institutions while they’re in class. The Internet has made almost the entire world accessible, bring it into your classwork; take your classwork out into the world.

College Opportunity Fund: Why You Should Consider It

A College Degree

Getting a college degree is a smart choice for so many different reasons. If you or someone in your life desires this, they will need to decide on many things, and one of the first ones in which college to attend and also how to fund the education. If this is something that you are interested in, learning about your options is an excellent way to ensure you can get the education that you desire. Read on to learn more about the opportunities that are available to you and how to learn more about them.

The Pathway

First of all, you can take some time to learn about the colleges that are of interest to you. Is there a school that you are currently looking at? Or do you want to consider all of the ones near you simply? Or maybe you know what degree you want, and you want to find the college that has the best program in this area? No matter what your thoughts are concerning the college that you are considering attending, you will want to give some idea to this topic.

Then, you will want to think about funding your college education. The good news is, there are many great opportunities out there. One of these choices is the College Opportunity Fund. By taking time to look into this excellent choice, you can learn if you qualify and how to apply. This is a smart choice as college can be costly.

As you decide to consider the College Opportunity Fund, you will want to learn as much about it as you can. This means you should determine which colleges it can help you fund. Also, you should learn which degree programs it includes, or possibly excludes. Another thing to do is learn about the qualifications. By doing this, you can learn if you qualify for it.

After that, you can then apply for the opportunity. As you do, you will want to include all of the information that is being asked for. If you don’t have the data, you should do what you can to secure it before you apply. If you find that this is not an option, contact someone who can help you with the next step as it is essential to submit a completed application to have the best chances of getting the funding you need for your college education.

Once the application is submitted, you will have a timeline as to when you will be contacted regarding the decision as to whether or not your application was approved and how much funding you will be awarded. After that, you will need to follow the steps shared with you to ensure your funding is provided to fund your education.

Conclusion

In conclusion, when you desire to obtain a college degree, you should give some thought to the school and the funding options. By doing so, you will find great options for getting your degree.

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Education and Innovation

Tablets for Schools are proud to support the Education Innovation Conference happening on 27/28 February at Manchester Central. Education Innovation is a national conference and exhibition that brings together leading education experts, thought leaders and practitioners to share advice and training on integrating innovation and technology into learning.

If you are an educator looking for new ideas, free CPD and training, or a chance to network with like-minded professionals, Education Innovation will provide insight into the latest learning technology and innovation to help you enhance levels of learning and achievement.  Among the many practical workshops and special areas featured at the conference, there is a Classroom of the Future, an Innovation in Practice Workshop, and a Computing at Schools Clinic.

Tablets for Schools Presentation

On Thursday 27th February, Tablets for Schools will be presenting:  ’Tablets – A Catalyst for Change in Education‘, that will take place in the Purple Seminar room at 1:20pm-1:50pm. In this presentation, Niki Gandham (Project Coordinator for Tablets for Schools) will talk about  the latest updates on the project and new research findings. The talk will also address issues as the kit-factors for leading 1:1 successfully and the change that tablets bring to pedagogy.

Our Study Schools

Daniel Ibbitson from Dixons City Academy, one of our study schools, will do a presentation on the use of Android devices in school. His presentation will take place in the Yellow Seminar Room at 12:30pm on 27th February.

Tim Cross from Longfield Academy,  another of our research schools, will be talking about the school’s use of tablets over the last two years, how their introduction has transformed learning and how pedagogy has evolved.

Some Keynote Speakers

  • Bob Harrison (Education Advisor, Toshiba Information Systems)
  • Toby Young (Co-founder, West London Free School)
  • Hannah Jones (Founder & Director, Connected Learning)
  • And many others from organisations such as US Safer Internet, and schools across the US. See the full speaker list.

Exhibitors Include…

  • BBC Learning
  • British Dyslexia Association
  • Corel US Ltd
  • Guardian Teacher Network
  • Lego Education
  • And many more…check out the resource list.

How to Register

The event is free, and you can register your interest here.  The conference is already starting to generate twitter-buzz:

The 2nd Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition is at Manchester Central on February 27th and 28th 2018

— Elaine Evans (@Elainesresource) November 24, 2018

 

What’s on at Education Innovation?

  • The Latest Events & Activities: Visit What’s On At Education Innovation. Activities include an Innovation in Practice workshop, and Raspberry Jamboree 2018.
  • #WeTweetEd6 Tweet-Up: A great place to network and debate education policy.

 

Help Spread the Word About EICE

Help to spread the word about the event by mentioning EICE in your tweets.  Use @EICEManchester as the tag, and #EICE.

EICE will show appreciation for your support by including your press release, news item, case study, or blog on their site (they get around 2,500 hits a week, and have almost 2,200 Twitter followers).