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Let's Focus and Engage...

“The FOCUS and ENGAGE space is where concepts are presented and community is built. In my classroom, this space was used for teachers and students alike to learn, discuss, and build a common understanding through shared exploration and respectful discourse. The space allowed me to design collaborative activities and use structured prompts to develop both academic and social-emotional skills”.  – Madison Visto, Educator, Chicago IL

Key Pedagogies:

  1. Integrated Learning: Brings together more than one content area allowing students to make cross curricular connections.
  2. Differentiated Learning: Teachers can use differentiated instruction by modifying content, process, product and/or learning environment.
  3. Peer Teaching: Students have the opportunity to share and present their thoughts during the “meeting” portion of the day; this area is ideal for students to be able to guide conversations based on their ideas or beliefs. 
  4. Open-Ended Instruction: Students are not “steered” in the direction of one answer, but rather have the opportunity to develop their own complex answers based on experiences and ideas.

Sample Learning Activities:

  1. Teachers use a web camera attached to the Prowise panel to connect the class with students from another class elsewhere in the world, engaging in peer teaching and collaborative learning on a shared topic.
  2. Teachers invite students to the Prowise panel to record and graph daily temperature and weather readings on a digital calendar as a morning exercise.
  3. Teacher creates a shared patterning activity using Prowise shapes. Students work together to complete the activity thus building confidence, communication and cognitive skills.
  4. Teacher places Prowise panel in the table position and allows a group of students to collaborate on one of the many table activities or games in Presenter.  
  5. During instruction time, students can grab one of the Wobbleboards and follow along or participate in the discussion while standing up.     

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