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Learning Circle Timeline

posted Feb 18, 2012, 5:23 PM by Yung-tai Tu   [ updated Feb 25, 2012, 4:31 PM ]


Getting Ready 

Prior to Week 1 

Jan 30 - Feb 5

Teachers log on to iEARN, receive Circle News and read the Teacher's Guide. They introduce the concept of Learning Circles to their students. Learning Circles Placements are sent on January 30th.

Opening the Circle 

(2 weeks)

Feb 6- Feb 19

Learning Circle interaction begins. Classes log on and respond to the Electronic Roll Call. Each teacher sends an introductory message to the on-line Learning Circle forum. Teachers and students prepare and send their responses to the Classroom Survey. Welcome Packs are mailed to postal addresses.

Planning the Learning Circle Projects 

(2 weeks)

Feb 20 - Mar 4

Teachers in the Learning Circle discuss the projects proposed in the Classroom Survey. Each class selects a section to sponsor. The class sends a message to the forum describing the information it would like to receive.

Exchanging Student Work 

(5 weeks plus one week break)

Mar 5- Apr 15

Student work on different projects is collected and sent to the Learning Circle forum at least once or twice a week. Teachers and students continue to plan and share work related to the Learning Circle projects. (Most groups will be out of school for at least a week during this period, the circle continues with those who are in school).

Organizing the Circle Publication 

(3 weeks) 

Apr 16 - May 6

Students evaluate, select, and edit the articles they received for their project. Teachers work with students in their classroom to layout and print their section of the Circle publication. Schools exchange project reports (electronically or via postal mail) and assemble their Circle publication.

Closing the Circle 

(2 weeks)  

May 7- May 25

Teachers and students send their final good-bye messages to the forum and the Learning Circle closes. The list will still be active for a few weeks after the end of Learning Circles to make sure all final messages are received.

    Project Theme

    posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:53 AM by Yung-tai Tu   [ updated Feb 25, 2012, 4:32 PM ]

     Places and Perspectives - Places and Perspectives encourages students to explore regional history, culture, government, and geography by sharing their knowledge with people from different locations. The goal is to help students understand how historical events and geographic conditions interact to help shape their lives and gives them a deeper understanding of themselves, their families and their communities. Each classroom sponsors a project for a section in the Places and Perspectives Review. For instance, a classroom might sponsor a section on local legends, interview native inhabitants or the elderly, describe the historical attractions of the area, examine local constitutions, or compare weather patterns, map studies.

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