Academic Culture

Warm Welcomings

Warm Welcomings is a strategy I use to develop a strong positive culture in my blended classroom. When students enter into an inviting atmosphere and begin the class on a positive note, they are able to focus better. It is important to me to start off class together on the rug because my students spend a significant portion of the class working independently on computers and in small groups. Warm Welcomings gives us the time to come together as a community of scholars and it can be anything from a "welcome back from recess" to an invitation for students to share something positive about their time away from class. 

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For as many hours as my students are in our classroom, it might as well be called their second home. For this reason, I find that simple decor ideas like houseplants help make the classroom feel more inviting, especially because students spend so much time using computers on a typical day.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
For as many hours as my students are in our classroom, it might as well be called their second home. For this reason, I find that simple decor ideas like houseplants help make the classroom feel more inviting, especially because students spend so much time using computers on a typical day.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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One of my goals as a first grade teacher is to develop independent learners that can problem solve or decide when it is time to request assistance from others. Self-reliance is a need that many parents talk to me about during conferences and as a result, I've turned to two different strategies in the classroom that allow students to continue their work while informing me of their comfort level of the task. These strategies are known as self monitoring tools that help me to prioritize which students I need to assist first. 


 
Stakeholder Collaboration
Blended Learning Coordinator Support

My school's Blended Learning Coordinator was hired to provide blended learning support. He is provided with our schedules so that he can monitor usage and provide support if needed. While this does not mean that he is present in the classroom daily throughout the use of BL, he does try to walk around and address immediate concerns that students may need addressed. If immediate action is required a quick text can be sent to him and he'll make his way towards the classroom as well. 

 
Instructional Openings
Front Loading

Front Loading gives my students an opportunity to preview skills or information in advance of it being taught to them. I used to only do Front Loading in the opening of my lessons, but now we have blended learning programs that allow my students to front-load information whenever they start reading. Some examples of Front Loading using online programs are iReady, which has additional lesson assignment capability, and MyOn, which allows my students to preview text about upcoming topics.

 
 
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