Discussion pages on wikispaces are very much like a blog with the advantage of having all class materials organized together. Follow the directions which follow.

Please complete the reading assignment on this page.


Reading Assignment:

Go to Penn State's Learning Community website at http://ets.tlt.psu.edu/learningdesign/objectivesThis is an excellent resource for teachers. Clarity of definitions, examples, and how-to tips make your job of developing lessons much easier. Do this. From Instructional Design Guides and Forums list of twenty topics, choose two to learn more about the art of lesson design and pedagogy. Make sure you read all related links to each topic you choose.

Once you have finished the assigned reading, respond to the discussion prompt which follows. Your response should reflect your point of view with strong support and quotations from the reading you completed, other commentary about peer entries, additional readings resources you can share.

Discussion Prompt:

Think about the each reading you completed, then respond to the questions that follow. Describe a significant teaching idea from the two topics you read about and reflected on. Describe an important take-away idea from each reading that you will use as you design your lesson. Provide a specific example of how each idea will be used in your lesson.

If you discover a significant learning you would recommend to class friends, be sure you share the suggestion in your response as well -- maybe even all caps. :-) STRONG SUGGESTION: Frame your response on a Word doc that you can save onto the desktop. When you have completed spell check and are satisfied with your answer, do this: 1) Highlight your entire answer on the Word doc (CTRL A key). 2) From the drop down EDIT menu, select COPY. 3) Move to the class wiki discussion page to post your response. 4) Make sure your cursor is blinking on the discussion response page. 4) Select online EDIT again, then choose PASTE. 5) When you see your complete response on the discussion POST message, click SEND. 6) If, for some reason, you encounter an error message, the good news is that you have your completed assignment on the Word doc. Wait a while and then repost to the discussion page. 7) Once you know your response has posted to the discussion page, you will no longer need your Word doc, so delete it unless you want to keep a folder copy of all responses. HOPE THIS HELPS! :-)

Once you have a response in mind, do this. Near the top of this page, you will see a "discussion" tab. Select this tab. When it opens, do the following:
1. For keyword, include your first and last name.
2. In the subject line, name the reading selection.
3. In the body of the message, provide a one or two paragraph response approximately equal to a typed, single spaced half page document response.
4. Finally, check the box for “Monitor this topic”.

From time to time, revisit this discussion page to see how others have responded to the reading and perhaps to your comments. Feel free to respond to classmates’ remarks as
well.