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Sticky Learning With HyperDocs — Purposeful Lesson Design to Meet All Learners' Needs

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 12:00–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Lisa Highfill  
Kelly Hilton  
Sarah Landis  

How long do your lessons stick? Experience HyperDoc lessons that will change the way you think about what we ask our students to do, and the lasting effects. Participants will walk away with multiple lessons and resources to create more to fit the needs of any grade level, including administrators.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google account with access to GSuite tools- Google Docs and Google Slides.
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

How many times have you taught a great lesson, and the next day it’s as if the class is hearing it for the first time? What does it take to get the learning to stick? "Instead of doing what we’ve always done and wondering why some learners just don’t get it, we can take a different approach that’s based on research." From Make It Stick, by Peter Brown.

This session will examine ideas about the kinds of lessons that work for many students’ needs. What is it that makes a concept memorable? What kinds of experiences engage thinking in a way that leaves an imprint?

Participants will explore a variety of HyperDoc lessons through an inquiry cycle, examining lesson components that make learning effective for all students. Next, participants will have time to reflect and process their learning through digital and face to face collaboration. They will then have time to create lessons of their own, editing for the specific needs of their classroom.

The workshop includes best practices for applying the pedagogy of the Teaching Tolerance framework which includes Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education. Educators will walk away with digital lessons they created along with new methodology for how to deliver them.


Session Agenda:
15 min- Discuss qualities of good lesson design. Whole group collaboration using Answer Garden.

30 min- Explore and reflect on the qualities of design in 4 sample HyperDocs investigating 1. How do they meet the needs of all students? 2. How do they include culturally responsive and reflective pedagogy? 3. What elements in the design ensure the learning will stick?

15 min- Review the UDL (Universal Design For Learning) strategies embedded into the lesson design in order to meet the needs of all learners.

30 min- Direct instruction on the three methods to create a HyperDoc. 1. Find one already made to edit and revise. 2. Use the HyperDoc templates to create a new lesson. 3. Start from scratch.

45 min- HyperDoc lesson creation time. Presenters will be coaching participants individually and in small groups in order to support the learning.

30 min- Sharefest- Introduce Teachers Give Teachers and the community of sharing developed along with HyperDocs. Invite participants to share their lessons, reflecting on the lesson design.

15 min. Reflect on the lesson design process and how HyperDocs can change the way your students experience learning.

Supporting research

1. Make It Stick, by Peter Brown-

2. HyperDoc Handbook-

3. A New Approach To Teaching With Hyperdocs-

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Lisa Highfill, Pleasanton Unified School District
Kelly Hilton, Pleasanton Unified School District

Kelly Hilton (@kellyihilton) is an educator, speaker, and author. She is the co-founder of HyperDocs and Teachers Give Teachers and she is also the co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook. Kelly served as a classroom teacher for 15 years before shifting into instructional leadership positions such as instructional coach and vice-principal. She is currently the TK-12 professional development specialist for the Pleasanton Unified School District located in California. She holds a master's in educational leadership with an emphasis on social justice and she is passionate about creating inclusive classrooms and educational communities for students and adults!

Sarah Landis, Pleasanton Unified School District

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