Stakeholder Collaboration

Parent Communication

It is my goal to help parents and students feel like they are a connected entity in our classroom. To help parents feel connected, I have created a series of videos on our classroom YouTube channel to help parents understand our classroom. The videos describe the procedures in our classroom, what blended learning is, and how we gamify our classroom. Parents also have their own parent portal in Haiku where they can access this information, as well as their students' online course material. 

Strategy Resources (5)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Jessi virtually welcomes the parents of her students to the school year and blended learning model she implements in her classroom.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining for parents what gamification is and how it is used in the classroom. I explain that gamification is used in the classroom to reinforce expectations and motivate students to move through curriculum at their own pace.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining how to find and navigate our class on Haiku Learning Management System. It explores the resources parents and students have access to. It gives them access to my class syllabus, their child's work, and all the resources from our course.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the bookmark I created to hand out at freshman orientation. The bookmarks contain the Remind link to sign-up, our YouTube channel, class websites, and class Twitter page. The bookmarks give parents easy access to classroom information.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This is a screencast explaining the grade contract to parents. I explain the methodology behind the contract, how to read the contract, and how to determine their child's progress in the course.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Jessi virtually welcomes the parents of her students to the school year and blended learning model she implements in her classroom.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining how to find and navigate our class on Haiku Learning Management System. It explores the resources parents and students have access to. It gives them access to my class syllabus, their child's work, and all the resources from our course.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This is a screencast explaining the grade contract to parents. I explain the methodology behind the contract, how to read the contract, and how to determine their child's progress in the course.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining for parents what gamification is and how it is used in the classroom. I explain that gamification is used in the classroom to reinforce expectations and motivate students to move through curriculum at their own pace.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the bookmark I created to hand out at freshman orientation. The bookmarks contain the Remind link to sign-up, our YouTube channel, class websites, and class Twitter page. The bookmarks give parents easy access to classroom information.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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Instructional Planning
Jessi's Approach to Planning

Planning is an essential part of a blended teacher’s practice. In blended environments, where students can be at different points in a course on various modalities, blended teachers need to be very intentional about how they plan. Check out the video below to see how Jessi plans for instruction in her blended classroom.


 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Modified Flex Model with Gamification

After five years of traditional teaching, I broke away from direct instruction and moved into a self-paced, blended-gamified classroom. My students flexibly move through the curriculum while self-directing and managing their learning. This is done through the use of Classcraft, an online education gaming software, and our classroom game “Isle of Nosredna.” The addition of game elements into my classroom has helped my students stay on track and motivated as they progress through the science curriculum.

Number of Students: ~20 students/period

Number of Adults: one teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 51 minutes

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: Haiku Learning (LMS); Classcraft; Google Classroom; Doctopus (Add-on in Google Sheets connected to Google Classroom); Educreations; Flipboard; Symbaloo; Kidblog; ThingLink; Socrative; Kahoot!

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: iPads (1:1); SMARTboard; Apple TV

Key Features: competency-based; student agency; project-based; gamification; innovative use of space

 
Academic Culture
Storyline

The storyline of our academic game gives meaning to the students' presence in the game. It enhances the importance of the curriculum and gives students a goal to work toward. The theme our storyline is based around is a deserted island. In the game, students are elite plane crash survivors (PCSs) who must learn to live on the island after not being rescued. Throughout the levels, students are asked to build fire, build shelter, find food, filter water, and survive unexpected storms. By mastering each level, students complete the tasks and move onto the next scenario in the game. 

 
 
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