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Professional Development — Creativity, Improvisation, Problem-based Learning
Title: Professional Development — Creativity, Improvisation, Problem-based Learning Author: Barbara Fitter, PSIS 116, NYC
Subject Area/ Grade: Teachers of Grades K-2 ELA including 12:1:1 K-2 class teachers ESlK-2 Teachers
K-12 teachers will work in teams to brainstorm, plan, reflect on creativity, improvisation and problem-based learning and exchange visits following the project.
Content Area and Standards
Kindergarten NYS Next Gen Standards.
KR2: Retell stories or share key details from a text.) KR3: Identify characters, settings, major events in a story, or pieces of information in a text. KR8: Identify specific information to support ideas in a text. KR9: Make connections between self, text, and the world. KW4: Create a response to a text, author, or personal experience (e.g., dramatization, artwork, or poem) KSL2: Participate in a conversation about features of diverse texts and formats.
1R2: Identify a main topic or central idea in a text and retell important details. 1R3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, or pieces of information in a text. .1R9: Make connections between self and text (texts and other people/ world)1W4: Create a response to a text, author, theme or personal experience (e.g., poem, dramatization, artwork, or other). Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse peers and adults (e.g., in small and large groups and during play). 1SL5: Create or utilize existing visual displays to support descriptions to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
2R1: Develop and answer questions to demonstrate an understanding of key ideas and details in a text. (RI&RL) 2R2: Identify a main topic or central idea and retell key details in a text; summarize portions of a text. (RI&RL) 2R3: In literary texts, describe how characters respond to major events and challenges 2W4: Create a response to a text, author, theme or personal experience (e.g., poem, play, story, artwork, or other).2SL1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse peers and adults in small and large groups and during play.2SL5: Include digital media and/or visual displays in presentations to clarify or support ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
During PLC teacher teams will participate in discussions, activities to learn with their peers, plan, and reflect. After watching videos ( Hector Elizondo} and having discussions, teachers will have opportunities to practice various techniques: brainstorming, Improv; Acting; creating poems/songs, ) in response to selected text on their grade level. Teachers will implement PBL in their classrooms weekly and reflect wonderings/noticings. Coach will plan for Teacher Team intervisitations across K-2 to provide feedback and reflect.
Teachers will be asked to brainstorm what creativity means. Then we will watch the Joy2Learn video on creativity. Then teachers will add to their chart what creativity is.
Videos that Support Project
Divergent and Convergent Thinking, Fablevision
Art in an Instant: The Science of Improvisation, The WashingtonPost
How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond, KQED
Deep Center: How a Strong Pedagogy Allows for Improvisation and Teaching to What’s Real in Young People’s Lives"
Joy2Learn Artist Video that Supports the Project
HectorElizondo, Cyrano De Bergerac, An Actor’s Tool
Art Forms that May Be Included
Connections to Students Passion Areas and Interests
Teachers will give students a choice of activity, such as improv, acting, art, and music.
Texts, videos, chart paper, markers, paper, pencils, crayons, markers
Teacher Teams K-2, SBL, Instructional Coach
5-6 weeks During PLC
Professional Learning communities take place on Mondays after school.
Coach will create an intervisitation schedule. We will discuss grows and glows after each intervisitation and leave notes for the teacher. After reflecting on intervisitations, teachers will revise and edit their plans to meet the needs of their students.