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The Big Picture by Dr. Littky in Spanish

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Please forward this link to your colleagues   www.TinyURL.com/LittkyMiamiSpanish
Also:  TinyURL.com/BigPictureSpanish      
Note:  This website is not affiliated with Big Picture Learning.  This page was created by fans of Big Picture Learning, based in Providence, Rhode Island.  You are encouraged to visit BigPicture.org to learn more about their good works.   This page features links to a book published by ASCD.org by Dennis Littky with Samantha Grabelle.  

Translation by Mario Llorente
Published by Building International Bridges.org through a limited permission with ASCD.org
Presented by TransformTeaching.org
Printed through CreateSpace.com

Get the book in English from ASCD.org
Free Chapter 1             

Get the free Chapter 1 in Spanish   

Get the free Chapter 4 in Spanish    

1) Commentary by Enrique Gonzalez, principal of Highland Park High School, Los Angeles   "What are the elements of a personalized program?  Let's start with Personal Learning Plans"   VIDEOS BY ENRIQUE

2) Commentary by Connie Crawford, former principal of River Cities Charter School  "How do we prepare middle school students for the intensive projects and independent work and personalized atmosphere of a Big Picture school?"

3) Commentary by Arlenis de la Cruz, Mothers for the Big Picture  (Madres para la Educación)   "Littky's book is for Mothers and Fathers."

4) Commentary by Matt Blazek, author of Blazek's Book of Projects for Portfolios   "What makes a good project?"

5) Commentary by Dennis Yuzenas, webmaster of WhatDoYaKnow.com and contributor to Building Better Schools
"How to develop portfolios"

(if Dr. Littky could attend the event, he might give a talk like the TEDx NYED talk of March 2011)   "I started a school when I was in elementary school ..."

author of a book of commentaries 
"the Transformation of Education is based on discussions and projects, on work that the students care about.   Learning must be fun for the learner."

8) Commentary by Mario Llorente, the translator  "There are elements of this book that almost defy translation."

"The Ups and Downs of Projects for Middle School Students."

The evening event in Miami, tentatively scheduled for November or December 2014, has three goals
a) Bring together people who care about projects and "making the experience of school positive and personal for students"
b) Introduce this group to authors like Dennis Yuzenas, Dennis Littky, Matt Blazek and Abraham S. Fischler. 
c) Introduce you to the "Flipped Presentation," which is like the Flipped Classroom.  

Traditional Launch of a Book
a) Mail invitations
b) at the Event
      b1) Unveil the book
      b2) Listen to presentations
c) Action by audience after the event:  
      c1)  Buy the book
      c2)  Put the posters to work in your school

The Flipped Presentation Launch of a Book
Links and an audio CD are sent to the potential participants
The Audio CD allows flexibility -- while driving, the potential participant (the future audience) can absorb information 
      b1) Unveil the book (excerpts)
      b2) Listen to presentations on audio CD
      b3) Read the panel's comments
c) Action by audience BEFORE the event:  
      c1)  Read excerpts from the book
      c2)  Put the posters to work in your school
      c3)  Audience writes to the panelists BEFORE the event to describe how students reacted to the posters

a) Mail invitations

b) at the Event
     b1) Audience arrives prepared to ask questions
    b2)  Audience reports about the effectiveness of the posters
    b2) Panelists ask the audience to summarize and "perform your understanding" of the presentations that were distributed BEFORE the event.

1.  The audience is more engaged.
With the FLIPPED PRESENTATION, the panelists can ask the audience to summarize the key points. For example:  "What are the advantages of projects at River Cities School? How did we use projects in our school?" could be a question that Ms. Crawford asks the audience.

2.  If you miss the event, you are still a participant.  You can write to the panelists, 
you can write to the author,
you can put posters in your school

 Traditional Launch  Flipped Launch
 Audience in the dark (surprise!  you have to show up to find out what's new) The audience arrives prepared to ask questions.  
 Presenters  Panel members  Panel members might not know what will be asked
 Participants The audience is asked to quickly form questions based on the presentations The audience can contact the panelists before the event with questions
 Under-standing Often the new information fades from the memory of the audience within a week The panelists can ask the audience to summarize the key points.  "What are the advantages of projects at River Cities School? How did we use projects in our school?" could be a question that Ms. Crawford asks the audience.

Many thanks to Cat Russo for arranging the permission to translate and publish The Big Picture by Dr. Littky in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, Romanian and Turkish.

Special gratitude to Arlenis de la Cruz for her letter-writing campaign to spread awareness of Dr. Littky's book.  Her letters to friends has sparked a "Mothers for the Big Picture" campaign.

This page is edited by S. McCrea   SteveEnglishTeacher@gmail.com

In Spanish

The first page in Spanish

Cuando veo a los muchachos entrar al edificio en su primer día de escuela, pienso en cómo quiero que sean cuando salgan del edificio en su último día. También pienso en cómo quiero que sean el día que me los tropiece en el supermercado 10 o 20 años después. En el transcurso de tres décadas de mirar  a los muchachos entrar en mis escuelas, he decidido que quiero que ellos

— continúen aprendiendo a lo largo de todas sus vidas

— sean apasionados

— estén listos a arriesgarse

— sean capaces de solucionar problemas y de pensar con mente crítica

— sean capaces de ver las cosas de manera diferente

— sean capaces de trabajar de manera independiente y con otros

— sean creativos

— sean preocupados y que contribuyan con su comunidad

— perseveren

— tengan integridad y amor propio

— tengan coraje moral

— sean capaces de usar bien el mundo a su alrededor

— se expresen bien, escriban bien, lean bien, y que trabajen bien con números

— disfruten de verdad sus vidas y sus trabajos

Para mí, estas son las verdaderas metas de la educación.

The idea for a FLIPPED LAUNCH of a book came from the Flipped Classroom,
where students hear a lecture at home and then arrive the next day in class
READY TO DISCUSS the information

You are encouraged to listen to the audio CD and read the comments by the invited panelists.

Who knows what will happen on the night of the event? 

There are many reasons why an audience can miss the key points of a "book launch."  You have the keys right here.
(1) You can contact each of the presenters

(2) You can use the posters in your school

(3) You can pass on this link to your colleagues.

(4) You can write to Dr. Littky and give him feedback about what his Chapters 1 and 4 meant to you.

Send your comments to Jody Woodruff
jwoodruff@metmail.org at the Met Center and the comments will get to Dr. Littky quickly.

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