Leading Innovation 2012 Bootcamp

leadinginnovation2012 - Content - English


In this session, you will first examine and discuss engagement and empowerment strategies that can guide you as you initiate and sustain pedagogical changes in your planned instructional implementation sequences. Next, You will navigate a English I lesson aligned to Common Core that is fully supported with through and by technology. During navigation of this lesson, you will consider the effectiveness of the infused technology in supporting student learning and best instructional practices. You, along with your colleagues, will engage in reflective discussions about this lesson and as a result, you will glean innovative practices for technology integration. Finally, you will create a Toondoo that illustrates your basic idea of a planned instructional activity including a selected English/Language Arts CCSS and engagement or empowerment strategy.

Learning Outcomes

After this session, you will be able to:
  • more aptly integrate student-centered engagement and empowerment strategies into your English/Language Arts Common Core instructional activities.
  • better identify the salient components of an effective learning experience supported by technology and aligned to English Language Arts Common Core.
  • leverage Toondoo, while considering its application during the learning and teaching of English /Language Arts Common Core.

I. Let's Begin With the End in Mind: Attaining CCSS ELA Learning (15 minutes)

Let's think, reflect and share the potential of the following matrixes of engagement and empowerment strategies. How can these strategies guide you as you initiate and sustain pedagogical changes in your planned instructional implementation sequences?

Think, Pair-Share:

  1. Please take 10 minutes to review and think about the following two tables. As you read, please think about what you already do in your practice and what you might want to do more of.
    external image pointing-hand.jpgPlease click HERE to record your thoughts.

  2. Pair up with a partner and share your thoughts and reactions.

Engagement Strategy


Student Learning

Initiating Think, Pair-Share
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  • Make sense of text, multimedia, and/or writing prompt.
  • Critically evaluate the reasoning of their peers.
Showing Thinking in ELA Classrooms
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  • Construct and share viable inferences and arguments.
  • Attend to text.
>>>>Questioning and Wait Time>
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  • Make sense text, multimedia, and/or writing prompt.
  • Persevere in reading and writing tasks.
  • Construct viable inferences and arguments.
  • Critically evaluate the reasoning of their peers.

Empowerment Strategy


Student Learning

Grouping and Engaging Text,Media, & Prompts
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  • Make sense text, multimedia, and/or writing prompt.
  • Collaborate and create with peers.
  • Critically evaluate the reasoning of their peers.
  • Model reading and writing processes for peers.
  • Use appropriate Web 2.0/digital tools strategically.
Using Questions and Prompts with Groups
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  • Model with mathematics.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
Allowing Students to Struggle>>>.
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  • Persevere in reading and writing tasks.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
Encouraging Reasoning
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  • Reason abstractly.
  • Attend to themes.
  • Look for and make use of grammar structures.
  • Look for and express inferences and connections orally and in writing.

II. Let's Walk Through the Lesson (35 minutes)


The Basics of the English I Lesson aimed at engaging students in the following CC & ITES goals:

    • RL.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
    • HS.TT.1.3 Use appropriate technology tools and other resources to design products to share information with others (e.g. multimedia presentations, Web 2.0 tools, graphics, podcasts, and audio files).
by having them:
    • recognize, analyze, and create various figures of speech/figurative language including metaphor, simile, personification, and hyperbole in wiki discussions and with Toondoo.
    • interprete various figurative language used in literary works.

Each table/group will be asked to explore different DAYS of the lesson to share out with the whole group:

Please use this GOOGLE FORM to guide your group's review.

III. Your Turn to ToonDoo (45 minutes)

Step 1: Overview of ToonDoo by facilitator

Step 2: Complete the following to get ready to create with Toondoo:

  • Click HERE to sign up for a Toondoo account.
  • If you want, watch a quick Toondoo Tutorial:

Step 3: Your ToonDoo Task

Create a Toondoo:
  • Identify a Common Core objective where the use of Toondoo would support student learning.
  • Identify an engagement or empowerment strategy from ABOVE you would like to use in conjunction with Toondoo and your selected CCSS objective.
  • Create a 3 PANED Toondoo Strip that illustrates your the basic idea of your planned instructional activity: Be sure to include your selected CCSS, engagement or empowerment strategy, and what students will be doing.
  • Be sure to SAVE, PUBLISH, and make PUBLIC your Toodoo
  • COPY your ToonDoo URL (web address)

Share your Toondoo:
  • When you are ready to SHARE your Toondoo that your just created, go to http://todaysmeet.com/BootCampToondoos
  • Enter your NAME then select JOIN.
  • As your "MESSAGE" paste your Toondoo URL (web address) and select SAY.
  • SCROLL THROUGH the chat window and CLICK on other URLS to check out what others have created!

IV. Reflection (15 minutes)

external image pointing-hand.jpg Please click HERE to share your reflections about this session and your new learning.

V. Conclusion (10 minutes)

Final thoughts, concerns, questions! What are your next steps?


Engagement and Empowerment Matrixes adapted, with permission granted from Dr. Ted Hull, based on:

Hull, T., Miles. R.H., Balka, D. S. (2012). The common core mathematics standards: Transforming practice through team leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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