Time and Space

Pick-A-Lesson

In a self-paced class, students need to have access to any lesson, at any time. Thus, I created an area at the back of my classroom where every lesson is printed out and organized sequentially for students to take whenever they are ready to move to the next lesson. This allows students to continually work at their own pace. It also changes the dynamic of the learning process - students are no longer passively given assignments by the teacher and are now actively choosing which assignments they want to do.

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
In this video I explain why there is a clear need for a lesson organizer in the type of self-paced classroom I run.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
All the lessons in the course are printed out and put into this organizer. The lesson packets are always available to students; they can pick up whatever lesson they need during class or to take home. I always have to use some of my prep time to make sure there is enough of each lesson printed for students.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
In this video I explain why there is a clear need for a lesson organizer in the type of self-paced classroom I run.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
All the lessons in the course are printed out and put into this organizer. The lesson packets are always available to students; they can pick up whatever lesson they need during class or to take home. I always have to use some of my prep time to make sure there is enough of each lesson printed for students.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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