Pedagogical Star Lessons

47 COLLABORATIVE KNOWLEDGE-BUILDING

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about students working together to build or develop a concrete product or conceptual design, such as a model or a plan. Collaborative knowledge-building may be used to develop and build on ideas and thoughts. Knowledge construction is central to learning. You can use it to support learning, but it is good to know that it is not the same thing as learning.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand what collaborative knowledge-building means
  • You learn to instruct the students so that they work goal-oriented and their work remains meaningful
  • You learn to facilitate a collaborative knowledge-building process

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Are you familiar with collaborative knowledge-building when working with your fellow teachers? For example, planning a new curricula or teaching practices.
b. Are you familiar with collaborative knowledge-building so well that you can steer your students to develop ideas and thoughts together?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or read and listen to it at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Collaborative knowledge-building (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Collaborative knowledge-building(PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the video?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

48 CONSTRUCTING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE WITH DIGITAL TOOLS

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about using digital tools in collaboration, content sharing, guidance and visualization of the learning process.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand the ways to construct and share knowledge with digital tools
  • You learn to guide the students to collaborate in knowledge construction and sharing.

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Do you use digital tools in learning to construct and share knowledge?
b. What digital tools do you use or could use ?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Constructing and sharing knowledge with digital tools (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Constructing and sharing knowledge with digital tools (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

46 DIGITAL TOOLS AND ENVIRONMENTS

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about understanding digital possibilities both in classroom teaching and student homework outside school environment.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand the possibilities of digital learning tools for teaching, studying and learning
  • You learn to plan the use of digital tools in your teaching

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Do you use digital tools in teaching and learning?
b. How do you use digital tools in teaching and learning?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Digital tools and environments (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Digital tools and environments (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

45 FLIPPED CLASSROOM

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about designing your teaching so that it alternates between distance and classroom teaching. Here you learn to scale your teaching to different group sizes, for example, to design theoretical studies for large groups and still make studying more learner-centered, collaborative and interactive. Flipped classroom is one form of blended learning. You often use videos for distance teaching.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to design a flipped classroom process
  • You learn to design both the distance and classroom teaching

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Are you acquainted with flipped classroom teaching?
b. If you answered yes, please write about your experiences?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Flipped classroom (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Flipped classroom (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

44 VIDEO LEARNING

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about using videos in learning. Videos bring many new opportunities to teaching and education. For many reasons, the use of videos is constantly increasing. First, nowadays they are easy to produce, and sharing them is also easy. They can be used to enhance learning in multiple ways.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand why videos are also an efficient way to learn.
  • You learn to plan an educational lecture video

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Do you use videos in your teaching and learning?
b. How do you use videos in teaching and learning?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Video learning (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Video learning (PDF) 

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

43 BLENDED LEARNING

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about planning a learning process where students study in different learning environments during the learning process. Blended learning combines traditional classroom learning with the possibilities of web-learning environment and/or digital materials.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand what blended learning means
  • You learn to design and guide a blended-learning process

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Are you acquainted with blended learning and apply it your teaching?
b. If you answered yes, please describe how?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Blended learning (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Blended learning (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

42 REFLECTION

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about reflection, thinking about one’s own actions, introspection, self-evaluation and evaluation of the learning process. Reflection is an important part of learning.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand the meaning of reflection and its importance to learning
  • You learn to instruct the students to look at their view of things, their own thinking and explanations
  • You learn to instruct the students to reflect on their studying

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Do you promote reflection as a part of your students learning?
b. What is the meaning and significance of reflection in learning?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Reflection (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Reflection (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

41 MATERIAL-BASED ACTIVITY

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about developing students’ material-based activity skills, so that they learn different ways to approach materials on such as books, articles, documents, texts, images, statistics or videos, and formulate justifiable interpretations on these various materials.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to promote students’ development in subject-based assignments
  • You learn to instruct the students to practice material-based activity.

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of this question. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. How do teach and instruct your students to approach different learning materials to learn through them?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Material-based activity (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Material-based activity (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

40 PHENOMENON-BASED LEARNING

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about designing a learning process that begins with a phenomenon and forms a framework for the activity. Learners address real-life phenomena through testing, wondering, examination and research. The opposite of this is subject-based teaching.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to understand when and why to use this pedagogical model
  • You learn to design a phenomenon-based learning process by yourself or together other teachers
  • You learn to facilitate learning activities

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. Are you acquainted with phenomenon-based learning?
b. Do you think this could be applied in your school?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Phenomenon-based learning  (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Phenomenon-based learning (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!

39 ACQUIRING INFORMATION

LESSON DESCRIPTION

This lesson is about understanding the importance of information searching and information sources. It is about the information acquisition process the students should learn. This lesson is also about the ways to become a competent information seeker.

How will you benefit from this lesson?

  • You learn to create learning assignments through which the students learn the information acquisition process
  • You learn to develop students’ information seeking skills

1. Do a self-assessment
First, think about your current teaching practice with the help of these two questions. Write your thoughts in your notebook.
a. How competent are you in information searching from information sources?
b. Why is it important for every student to learn acquiring information from different sources and be able to critically evaluate the found information?

2. Listen to the podcast You can also read the podcast text, or you can read and listen at the same time.
PODCAST TEXT Acquiring information (PDF)

3. Watch the video

4. Do the learning assignment
ASSIGNMENT Acquiring information (PDF)

5. Reflect on this lesson
Write it in your notebook. Explain
a. What did you learn from the podcast and the videos?
b. How did you benefit from taking notes?
c. What was your most significant take-away from this lesson which you can now use in your teaching?

Thank you for your time in this lesson!