Instructional Openings

Real World Hook

One way we bring authenticity to our lessons is by making explicit connections or real world hooks to what we're learning. What I particularly enjoyed about our persuasive writing unit is that we were able to identify real problems in our own school community and to think of solutions. It then brought about real change in our school, and in this case brought about getting more magazines into the classroom which was an identified need of our class.

Strategy Resources (2)
Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a comprehensive list on different ways to engage your students at the beginning of the lesson through hooks. The purpose of a “hook” is to help students frame their thinking and focus on the concept at hand. Some are obviously better for some subjects than others, and some may be redundant, but use this resource to gather different ideas and change up your lesson openings! Credit: lms.marshall.k12tn.net/evaluation%20stuff/Lesson%20Hooks.doc
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a comprehensive list on different ways to engage your students at the beginning of the lesson through hooks. The purpose of a “hook” is to help students frame their thinking and focus on the concept at hand. Some are obviously better for some subjects than others, and some may be redundant, but use this resource to gather different ideas and change up your lesson openings! Credit: lms.marshall.k12tn.net/evaluation%20stuff/Lesson%20Hooks.doc
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Blended Learning Model Overviews
Rotation Enables Small Group Lessons

At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model where some students engage with interactive software, enabling small group lessons for others. Our students have 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. Our rotational model is currently evolving to use more programs and create more rotations. The goal is to increase the opportunities for small group instruction where we can better meet individual needs.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 60 minutes--two 30  minute rotations (Math Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: DreamBox

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency


 
Instructional Planning
Mark'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 Mark plans for instruction in his blended classroom.


 
Academic Culture
Collaborative Hand Signals

Students communicate nonverbally through their hands that they agree, disagree, or want to add onto what someone previously said. Just think for a minute the amount of time we as teachers stop for interruptions. This strategy shows us that there are ways to effectively communicate with each other silently.

 
 
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