CPLC Season 2: Session 2

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  1. Google question form.
  2. Icebreaker Activity
  3. Values Activity
  4. Cluster Learning Review
    1. Takeaway Activity
    2. Reflection Activity 
    3. Debrief
  5. For Next Time
  6. Answering Google Form Questions

Google Question Form

Activity: Icebreaker

Use the Zoom chat to share the title and author of something you enjoyed reading recently (novel, blog post, article, magazine, anything at all), and share 1-2 sentences about why you enjoyed it.

Activity: Values

In your Zoom breakout room, return to the values document we all created during our last meeting (check out the Zoom chat– we’ve placed the link there!). Your group should discuss the values that each of you articulated, and then compromise on two values that you think represent your group as a whole.  Have one group notetaker copy your two values into this GoogleDoc. Now talk about how these two values are amplified/challenged/inflected by the current national landscape (ie- COVID and the BlackLivesMatter protests), and the uncertainty about fall term. 

Activity: Cluster Learning Reflection

Turn your video and audio off (we suggest you stay connected to the meeting!) and feel free to step away from your computer as you answer the next two questions on your own. Please write down some notes anywhere you wish, so you can refer to them later.

  1. Look back at the homework reflection(s) you submitted in advance of this CPLC session. Do you see anything that dovetails with the three strands of Cluster Learning? If yes, how?
  2. As you think ahead to your Fall courses, what parts of Cluster Learning do you think are most promising for helping you A) teach through the current challenges that face our community; and B) engage your students more effectively with their learning?

By July 21

    1. Back to Values SHOW AND TELL: choose an artifact from your Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 teaching that contributes something useful to the intersection of one or both of your group’s values AND one or more aspects of Cluster Learning. The artifact could be an assignment you created, an email you sent, some feedback you gave, a part of your syllabus, a project you were involved with, or absolutely anything that you can share with our group (remember that if the artifact was created by a student, make sure it is already posted publicly or else get permission to share with us before you do!). Share the artifact along with a reflection on how it intersects with certain values and with Cluster Learning.
    2. Read The Single Most Essential Requirement in Designing a Fall Online Course, by Cathy Davidson. This link will bring you to the Hypothesis version of the post, so you can annotate using the free tool if you wish!
    3. Read We Are Not Okay, and You Shouldn’t be Either, by Meg K. Guliford (this is also a Hypothesis link if you wish to annotate). (Robin will be hosting an optional Twitter chat on this article on Monday, July 13th from 7-8pm at #PSUopen.)
    4. Skim Values-Centered Instructional Planning by Robin DeRosa (this is also a Hypothesis link if you wish to annotate), and review any related Slipper Camp materials that seem interesting or useful to you.
    5. Join the Zoom Campfire chat about what you are reading and thinking and wanting to share! Amy V hosts the first one on June 18th at 7:30pm (the password is “camping”.) This chat is optional!
    6. Track specific tasks:
      • TWP/INCAP:
        • Read about the Habits of Mind in the following three short pieces:
        • Write (and share if you feel comfortable doing so) a self-assessment on your own development of the Habits of Mind. Pay particular attention to the signposts on the benchmarks for the level of achievement you believe you have attained. How do you demonstrate that level of achievement? What behaviors do you exhibit for each of the signposts? Feel free to post reactions anywhere, but you can always use the channel for your track on our Teams site if you wish! At the July meeting, we will use these self-assessments to initiate a discussion of what we will look for in our students’ work to determine their level of achievement on the Habits of Mind.
      • Open: Read the transcript of the keynote that Audrey Watters gave at ATI. Write a bit about what you are taking away from the keynote, especially in light of your Open Ed project and/or your Fall teaching plans. Post reflections wherever you like, but feel free to use the Open Track channel on our Teams site. And don’t forget to fill out your project plan document, which is located in the Files tab on our Teams channel!
      • Cluster Curriculum: Fill out the Project Planning Document that is on our Teams channel’s Files tab. Once you fill it out, save a copy into that Files folder so that others in the track can see what you are thinking of working on. Try to do this by July 1st!