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Best Practices. Current Reality. Standardized Test Prep. Standardized Test Prep. Content separated into separate disciplines. Discrete steps delivered through lecture format. No time to apply skills to authentic activities.

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Best practices

Best Practices

Current Reality

Best practices

Standardized Test Prep

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Standardized Test Prep

  • Content separated into separate disciplines

  • Discrete steps delivered through lecture format

  • No time to apply skills to authentic activities

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“Lots of brief lessons on multiple unrelated topics literally force shallow thinking.”

Richard Allington, Professor of Education

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Students Struggle With:

  • Problem solving

  • Reading and following directions without support

  • Making connections to their world.

  • Inventing things for themselves, including games.

  • Finding different ways of doing things.

  • Lacking a road map for themselves with regard to their learning.

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Career Focus




Context Based

Critical Thinking







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Zapotec Trek Unit

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Student Feedback

It was fun and easy to use!

You can learn a lot.

The website was organized and clear.

It had a lot of cool information.

I had a good time learning about the culture!

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Teacher Feedback

  • Organized and engaging

  • Website user-friendly and easy to navigate

  • Learning was embedded in technology with a lot of visual content.

  • Each lesson was different so the kids didn’t get bored.

  • Detailed and full of culture and history

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  • Challenges

  • Impact

  • Acknowledgements

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Tiamson-Saceda, R. (2010). Math Class. [Photograph]. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from

Sessums, C. (2010). UF HHP Classroom Desks Desk Orange. [Photograph]. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from

Muskopf, S. (2012). Standardized Test Close-Up. [Photograph]. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from ttp://

Einalem. (2008). Monte Alban. [Photograph]. Retrieved May 3, 2013 from

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