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Top Ten Posts of 2020

Since I actually stayed true to my commitment to blog weekly this year (I only missed a couple of weeks) I thought that I would share out the most popular posts of the year.

10. The Power of Making Thinking Visible Online

Based off from the popular book, this post includes free templates for face-to-face or virtual use of Visible Thinking Routines.

9. When Teachers Choose to Escalate

Too often we blame kids without reflecting on how our approach to a situation has made it worse. This is especially problematic when we teach children of color without reflecting on our internal biases.

8. How PBL Gets All Kids in the Game

An analogy between different kind of students relationship with sports and their relationship with school. PBL is the “game changer” that invites all kids into meaningful learning.

7. The Power of Class Rituals

This might be my personal favorite as it is all about connecting and building culture in the classroom. How have you developed rituals, especially if you are teaching remote?

6. Using PBL Themes for U.S. History

This one is for the history teachers who want to teach thematically, instead of chronologically. Includes a free download of my projects for the year.

5. Why I’ve Been Afraid to be Antiracist

This was the first of the Anti-racist series in which I share a personal story of getting into “good trouble.” The second half of the post was written by my friend Dara Savage, sharing how she dealt with racism that her daughter experienced at school.

4. 5 Social Distancing Group Work Strategies

This post continues to be popular as teachers struggle with remote learning. It is challenging, but here’s some ways that it can be done.

3. 26 Anti-racist PBL Ideas

This was a collaboration of ideas from many friends at PBLWorks. Check out K-12 anti-racist projects across the content areas.

2. 10 SEL Ideas to Launch the Year

Written back in August with Covid in mind, these are great to introduce in January when school starts back up. It’s a great time to renew norms, build culture with some team builders, and reflect on goals.

1. How to Teach Students to Manage themselves

This post was far and away the most popular of the year. Probably due to two downloads: a Google Sheets student scrum board and Group Contract Scenarios. Check them out if you missed them the first time around, they are still free.

Honorable Mention:

The Marriage of SEL and PBL actually comes from 2019, but it was the second most visited post of the year so check out how SEL seamlessly integrates with PBL.

Questions? Interested in SEL and PBL Consulting?  Connect with me at michaelkaechele.com or @mikekaechele onTwitter.

The Power of Making Thinking Visible Online

This month I have had the pleasure of participating in a virtual book club hosted by Myla Lee and Telannia Norfar. They did a great job modeling some of the routines in the book The Power of Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart and Mark Church. Definitely a 5 out of 5 stars book that you need to read!

One of my goals during this book study was to think about how these excellent protocols could be used for remote online learning. While discussing in my small group with Katie Huang and Shalini Heintz, I realized that many of the routines could be done through Google Doc templates, particularly the routines for engaging with ideas.

So I whipped up some templates in both Google Docs and Slides to be used with classes. Ideally one would teach the routines in face-to-face settings first. Once students are familiar with the routine, they should easily transfer to the online environment. You also could print these out for in person classes.

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Another way to use these protocols online, especially the routines for engaging with others, is some specific tech tools. For synchronous use, I would use Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, or Microsoft Teams to run the protocols. For asynchronous use, try out Flipgrid or to a lesser degree Padlet.

I am not going to explain how to use any of these routines because you should buy the book! I highly recommend it as both practical and integrating perfectly with both SEL and PBL.

Here is a link to gain access to all 29 of my templates. I received permission from Ron Ritchhart to share these. Please respect their work by never selling them in any form!

Questions? Interested in SEL and PBL Consulting?  Connect with me at michaelkaechele.com or @mikekaechele onTwitter.