Learning Circle Timeline
LEARNING CIRCLE PHASES (14 Week Schedule)
Prior to Week 1:
Teachers review the Learning Circles Teacher Guide
try logging-on to iEARN sending an application. They introduce the concept
of Learning Circles to their students.
Weeks 1-2: Opening
Learning Circle interaction begins. Classes
log on and respond to the Electronic Roll Call. Each teacher sends an
introductory message to the on-line Learning Circle conference. Teachers
and students prepare and send their responses to the Classroom Survey.
Weeks 3-4: Planning
the Learning Circle Projects
Teachers in the Learning Circle discuss the projects
proposed in the Classroom Survey. Each class selects a section of the
Mind Work Literary Magazine to sponsor. The class sends a message to the
con- ference describing the information it would like to receive.
Exchanging Student Work
Student work on different projects is collected
and sent to the Learning Circle conference at least once or twice a week.
Teachers and students continue to plan and share work related to the Learning
Organizing the Circle Publication
Students evaluate, select, and edit the articles
they received for their project. Teachers work with students in their
classroom to layout and print their section of the Circle publication.
Schools exchange project reports (electronically or via postal mail) and
assemble their Circle publication.
Week 14: Closing
Teachers and students send their final good-bye
messages to the conference and the Learning Circle closes.
NOTE: The December holidays and Christmas break falls at
an opportune time for mailing sections to the schools with the final comments
and goodbyes taking place when students return to school in Jan. Spring
break and holidays in April serves as a good time for students to gather
information from their local community for their exchange of student work.
to: Mind Works, Getting Ready
Margaret Riel, Copyright, 1987 Revised 2002.