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Instructions for submitting a lesson plan

Post in the “lesson” blog in the control panel. You must be registered to access the control panel: http://www.montanaheritageproject.org/mpcp/index.php

Writing good lesson plans is intellectually challenging because the teacher needs to consider many different levels–the standards that are being taught, the ability levels students bring to the lesson, the activities that are undertaken, the emotional and cognitive dynamics of the classroom, and where the unit of which the lesson is a part is headed. Their very difficulty makes good lesson plans very useful for other teachers. Experienced teachers will adapt lesson plans freely to their needs, but having a repository of thoughtful possibilities saves time and leads to better teaching.

Background information or rationale for this activity

Provide introductory and background information for the teacher. This should include the curriculum (the information content) to be taught and which of the ALERT skills will be practiced.

Grade level: Specify the grade levels for which this lesson might be appropriate.

Subject: What subjects might this lesson be appropriate for? e.g. English, geography. . .

Cite standards addressed by this activity

Quote the standard(s) that will be addressed by this lesson, and provide a citation (is it a district, state, or national standard?)

List learning objectives of this activity

An objective is a description of what a student will actually do that can be observed by the teacher, to draw inferences about what the student has learned. The verb is key to the objective: a student might classify, compose, construct, define, describe, demonstrate, distinguish, estimate, identify, interpret, locate, name, order, solve, and so on. . .

Describe steps teacher will follow

Provide a description of what the teacher does during the lesson, including how the lesson will be introduced, what instructional techniques will be used (providing the “hook,” telling a story, giving directions, checking for understanding, modeling a skill, outlining a procedure).

Describe steps students will follow

Provide the sequence of activities students will follow, including the exact problems, projects, or activities that will be used.

Describe the assessment process

Describe how the teacher will assess student understanding or skill (what questions will be asked, what tasks will be monitored, what work will be assigned and evaluated). This assessment should flow directly from the lesson objective.

What extension activities may be used?

How might individual students or student teams go beyond this lesson? What homework assignments might allow skill practice or concept development or knowledge enrichment?

Additional resources

List articles, books, websites, media or other resources that may be useful with this lesson.


Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 10/14 at 11:02 AM
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Notes before posting student essays on Expression Engine

Some notes to review before posting your student essays on Expression Engine

First, I’m sorry I wasn’t available to de-bug when you started posting your proposals for next year. I’d tested the site with only one post on it, but when the second post was made, the site “broke” and I wasn’t free to fix it. This caused you unnecessary hassles, and gave you a bad first experience. It also made my sort of humble and not eager to pick on anyone.

Here are some things we learned from that first experience.

1. We’ve turned off the “required fields” for nearly everything. The program won’t let you submit (save) your work unless all the required field have been filled in. I normally just type and “x” in those fields as a place holder on a post that I can’t finish in one session, but I didn’t tell you that. This caused some people to lose work they couldn’t figure out how to save.

2. Getting rid of “garbage” characters: word processors support all sorts of fancy characters that web pages don’t support, such as curly quotes and em dashes and on and on. When you paste from a word processor into EE, these special characters get rendered as garbage. There’s no simple fix for this, as there are so many different character sets that different word processors or browsers may be using.

The easiest thing to do, if you are posting from Word or Wordperfect into Expression Engine, is to copy the entire document then paste it into a new email message. Then copy the entire text from the email and paste it into Expression Engine.

(It doesn’t work to paste it into notepad or to use the “save as unicode” feature of your word processor. Since email is web-based, the email programs are built to do a good job of converting word processes documents to a simpler text that works well on the web.

We’ve tried this with Outlook, Outlook Express, and Yahoo.

3. If you use the submission form (intead of going into the Control Panel), you will still need to log onto the Control Panel if you want to edit your post.


Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 03/15 at 09:27 PM
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How to post an article to the Veterans History Project

The Basic Process

1. Gather the data requested by the Library of Congress about the veteran
2. Have a digital copy of the finished text of your feature article
3. Log on Control Panel for the Montana Heritage Project website
4. Go to the Publish page
5. Select the Veterns History Project weblog
6. Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing
7. Submit the form

Details

1. Gather the data requested by the Library of Congress about the veteran

Here is a PDF version of the Veterans Data Sheet.  Here is a non-PDF (plain text) version. This is the information you will need in order to submit your feature article.

2. Have a digital copy of the finished text of your feature article

You should complete your article in a word processor and have it spell-checked and copy edited before submitting it online. You will need to have a digital copy of the article on the computer you will use to upload the article. You will be able to copy the text from your word processor and paste it into the “body” field of the publish form. (Note: this will remove all formatting, such as bold or italic text, from your article. Be sure to remember to use the html buttons on the publish form to re-apply formatting.)

3. Log on Control Panel for the Montana Heritage Project website

You need to have registered on http://www.montanaheritageproject.org before you will be able to log on to the Control Panel. After you register, you will be sent an email confirmation before your membership is active. This is a security precaution.

Once your registration is complete, you can log on to the control panel here: http://www.montanaheritageproject.org/mpcp/index.php

4. Go to the Publish page

Once you are logged on to the Control Panel, click the “PUBLISH” link in the upper left corner of your screen. This will open the PUBLISH form where you will enter your information.

5. Select the Veterns History Project weblog

If you have permission to publish in more than one weblog, a list of these weblogs will appear. Select “VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT,” and then the PUBLISH form will appear.

6. Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing

Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing.

Required fields are marked with a red asterice: *. To prevent problems in case you were not able to get all the requested information, most of the fields are not required. However, all the information is important to make your work useful to future researchers, so be as complete as you can.

7. Submit the form

The “SUBMIT” button is in the upper right corner of the PUBLISH FORM.  Until you click SUBMIT, your work is not saved and will be lost if you exit the program.

There is also a PREVIEW button, that let’s you see your work without sending it to the web.

Below the SUBMIT button is an ENTRY STATUS button that is set to OPEN by default. OPEN means that when you submit your information, it will appear on the website. You can change the ENTRY STATUS to CLOSED. This means that when you submit your information, it will be saved on the server but it will not be visible on the web site. This is useful if you are not able to finish your work in one session. If you want to save your work to finish later, change the ENTRY STATUS to CLOSED and submit it. If you do not submit it, it will not be saved.

Flash Tutorial: Here is a brief movie showing how to post an entry. You will need the FLASH plug-in installed on your browser. It is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024 or higher.


Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/18 at 07:37 PM
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