Are You Turning Up The H.E.A.T. in Your Classroom?

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This information is designed to provide teachers with a directory of free web tools along with some suggestions as to how they may be used. This week’s topic is: ARE YOU TURNING UP THE H.E.A.T IN YOUR CLASSROOM?

Are you turning up the H.E.A.T. (Higher-order thinking, Engaged learning, Authenticity, and Technology use) in your classroom? Use this rubric to reflect the amount of H.E.A.T. generated from your lesson(s). An inspection of daily/weekly lessons plans as well as instructional units may reveal trends in your approach to instruction, critical thinking, assessment, and technology implementation. The H.E.A.T rubric can readily break down a lesson into its native components. (Think of Bloom’s taxonomy working through each of the H.E.A.T. categories.)

Student portfolios can also provide evidence of the amount of H.E.A.T. generated by students based on a series of learning experiences. The use of student portfolios can also determine if the original learning experience was teacher-centered or a student-centered based on the processes students used to complete the project as well as the final product. If student portfolios are not available, try gathering samples of student work displayed on the wall to determine any pedagogical implications.

If you would like to know more about H.E.A.T., your Administration has access to a 30 minute powerpoint showcasing the H.E.A.T. framework.

Image – http://historytech.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/engaged-students.jpg

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