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TIPS for Teachers-
Getting Started


Getting off to a good start makes things go much easier. Understanding how things work, what steps you need to take to get started, and things you should look forward to will help you make that great start.

Understanding How Things Work
  1. TIPS for Teachers is an iterative project. That means that there are definite start dates and definite dates for first drafts. But then, after that, you may adjust, modify, change, delete, add to anything right up until the end. This is because as you continue working on the I Have a Dream project with your students, you may find new ideas you want to share on one of the topics you've already touched on.

  2. The actual activities you will be working on will be based on
    • information you've read on the topic,
    • your experience implementing ideas,
    • reflections on your experience,
    • ideas you have gleaned through discussion of the topic with other I Have a Dream teachers.

  3. You will follow these stages for each activity-Recall, Research, React, Reflect, Report, Respond, Rally, Reconsider, Recap:
    • Recall-Think about your previous experience. What have you experienced in the past in connection with the activity topic?
    • Research-Update your current understanding by finding out more about the topic.
    • React-Try out what you have learned based on recalling and researching the topic.
    • Reflect-After reacting, write down your reflections of putting ideas into practice.
    • Report-Share your reflections with others on IHAD-Coord.
    • Respond-Discuss what you and your group are discovering about the topic. How do your ideas compare?
    • Rally-Work with your group to synthesize your ideas into a form that could apply across your group. This information will be posted on the opening page of the topic.
    • Reconsider-Think about your point of view again, after discussion with others.
    • Recap-Post your point of view in a format that will aid future teachers of the project. Be sure to couch your information in the context of your situation. Share tips you find useful based on your experience and post this information as an additional page for the topic.

  4. Topics discussed during the TIPS for Teachers project are based on research that Laurie Williams has done on first time users of online projects. If your group finds additional topics that they think should be added to the TIPS your group leaves other teachers, it should be brought up and planned for on IHAD-COORD.


Steps You Should Take to Get Started

  1. Be sure you have joined the project. Only teachers currently part of, or planning to be part of the I Have a Dream project can participate in TIPS for Teachers.
  2. Send an introduction to IHAD-COORD. Introduce yourself to the rest of the group you'll be working with. Tell them a little about yourself and your students you'll be working with. Next-You will be sent a password to access KIDSPACE so that you can:
    1. Go to KIDSPACE, and click on "IHAD LEGACY 2001"
    2. Click on "Introductions"
    3. Create a new page with your name.
    4. Add your intro
    5. Add a picture of yourself.
  3. Keep a journal throught the project. You will find this a way to keep track of ideas and concepts that you want to share with the group. You can keep a traditional journal (e.g. spiral notebook, journal) or keep your journal as a document file on your computer. The kinds of things you should consider writing about in your journal include:
    1. recording observations;
    2. recording thoughts about the process;
    3. recording successes;
    4. recording problems (and solutions);
    5. recording ideas about modifications you plan to make.


Looking Ahead

The timetable below is to help you give you an idea of what's ahead. We also have a graphic representation of the scope of the project activities.

Start Date
First Draft Due
Final Due
1st Week in October
Last Week in October
Last Week in May
2nd Week in October
1st Week in November
Last Week in May
3rd Week in October
2nd Week in November
Last Week in May
1st Week in November
2nd Week in December
Last Week in May
1st Week in December
1st Week in January
Last Week in May
2nd Week in January
2nd Week in February
Last Week in May
In November
In May After Self-Assessment 3


Getting Started | Lesson Activities Timeline | Activity Descriptions
Additional Suggested Activities | Wrapping It Up


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TIPS for Teachers PBL project developed by
Luis Tinoca, Seung-Hyun Son and Laurie Williams
Last updated 23/11/2001
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