Friday, August 30, 2013

Back to School

August 26th marked the first day of school of the 2013-2014 school year for Westlake HS students. Students entered the halls with devices and determination... ready to learn. Many paid a visit to the Juice Bar to get their iPads in top performance.

WHS Juice Bar Open During A and B Lunch

Some had the opportunity to explore new classroom configurations in a few of our classrooms piloting new seating options from Steelcase.

Steelcase Nodes Piloted

Others got a taste for guided inquiry using POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning)
"POGIL is a learning cycle of exploration, concept invention and application... to guide students to construct new knowledge." 
This student-centered strategy is the basis for Denise DeMartino's Organic Chemistry classes this year. And all Chemistry classes are incorporating at least 2-3 POGIL lessons into each 9 week grading period.

Denise cleverly shared the 4 student roles (e.g. Spokesperson, Facilitator, Quality Control, and Process Analyst) for this student-centered interactive process of refining one's understanding and developing one's skills using the Tellagami app:

For more information on POGIL and discovery-based teams, visit this video. And check back regularly this year to the WIFI blog for more updates on our 1:1 iPad implementation.

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