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.
How Things Work
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
group leaves other teachers, it should be brought up and planned for
You Should Take to Get Started
- 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.
- 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:
- Go to KIDSPACE, and click on "IHAD LEGACY 2001"
- Click on "Introductions"
- Create a new page with your name.
- Add your intro
- Add a picture of yourself.
- 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:
- recording observations;
- recording thoughts about the process;
- recording successes;
- recording problems (and solutions);
- recording ideas about modifications you plan to make.
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.
Getting Started |
Lesson Activities Timeline |
Additional Suggested Activities
| Wrapping It