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Find definitions for problem-based learning, professional learning communities, and authentic assessment.

Create a Venn diagram showing their connections.

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Problem Based Learning- It is a different approach to the regular teaching style in the classroom today. It requires the student to be involved in his or her own learning. For example, the teacher will present a "problem" or pose a question to the students that they have no prior knowledge over. The goal is to have the student work actively in order to be able to come to a sound conclusion of what the correct answer is. It's more like an investigation as opposed to sitting down and taking notes over a new unit in your science class. You act more like a guide as opposed to a teacher giving the information up front. According to Problem Based Learning (n.d.), the students have the opportunity to ...

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Define Professional Learning Community, Problem Based Learning, and Authentic Assessment.

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One component of the 21st Century Professional Development framework encourages sharing knowledge with fellow faculty, using face-to-face, virtual and blended communications. When we think of sharing knowledge, we often think of using professional learning communities. In several of your courses, the concept of a professional learning community (PLC) is presented and elaborated on. A professional learning community consists of individuals with an interest in eduction. The focus of a professional learning community can be taking measures to ensure students learn, creating a culture of collaboration in the school, for school improvement and more (DuFour, 2004). In this discussion, you will deliberate about the use of professional learning communities as they relate to the 21st Century Professional Development framework with an emphasis on technology.

Initial Post: Think about the 21st Century Professional Development framework and technology when working in your mock professional learning community. Next, imagine your state legislatures have asked the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office to advise them regarding the creation of a blended professional learning community across the districts within the state. As an educator who is well versed in employing critical thinking, problem solving and 21st-century skills in the classroom, you have been selected to participate with a group of other teachers to inform and persuade the Analyst's Office of why the incorporation of technology to work collaboratively with other teachers in the state is important.

Work with your mock PLC group to come up with a supported argument based on personal experiences and scholarly literature in which you:

Discuss how you could incorporate and implement the use of technology to create a blended professional learning community across districts within your state to share knowledge with fellow faculty on how a deeper understanding of subject matter can actually enhance problem solving, critical thinking, and other 21st-century skills.

Discuss how creating a professional learning community can increase the ways teachers seize opportunities for integrating 21st-century skills, tools and teaching strategies into their classroom practice — and help them identify what activities they can replace or de-emphasize.


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