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In This Vlog with Sarah Brown Wessling:
Today, let's think about how having a purpose impacts culture and drives student achievement. (You can check out some great teacher thinking about this in our Dan Pink book chat archive.)
How can we make sure our classrooms have meaningful work? What are the learning dispositions that you value?
1. How do you plan for purposeful learning instead of planning for tasks? Do you have a favorite learning experience that always seems to motivate students? What about this experience do you think really "works" for your learners? Please share your comments below.
2. Check out Teaching Channel videos (and other resources, too) in order to gather ideas for projects, culture building, etc. Then save your ideas with Tch's Lesson Planner Tool. This is key to building culture, because it's when I go through my files of "great ideas" I've been collecting that I start to discern where the most purposeful learning will come from. (Our website has been updated since this "How To" video was created. Simply click "Save to My Workspace" to save a video to your Lesson Planner.)
Read our most recent #TchLIVE chat archive. It was all about building classroom culture.
Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and is the Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel. Connect with Sarah on Twitter – @SarahWessling.