To see a "video" version of this slide show complete with music follow this link: http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/374906/Capital-Area-BOCES-S.P.E.C.-Archeological-Dig-June-2011 or just watch the pictures below.
Special thanks to Albany Area BOCES teacher Bill Rouleau for turning us on to Susan Ohanian's Blog. It is definitely worth a look.
Here's a video of vocational teachers building a beacon tower out of newspaper, straws, and masking tape. This activity is designed to explore large group process strategies. Groups frequently fail at this activity but the failure helps them focus on developing good strategies for the more authentic problems they will get later. In this case the group had some construction teachers and they nailed the beacon tower. They did a great job. It didn't prevent them however from developing an excellent large group process strategy.
I've been working with a group of vocational teachers from the Capital District BOCES in Albany, NY. It reminded me that there is an excellent series of videos created by carpentry teacher Erin Hunter at River Valley Tech Center in Springfield, Vt. Here is a series of five videos based on the characteristics of the Critical Skills Classroom.
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