Assessment & Data

"Making Our Brains Grow Bigger"

The "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric is a kid-friendly rubric that supports and aids students in self-monitoring how quicky and efficiently they are working in their learning modality. Students use this rubric as a guide for what behaviors are expected during their blended rotation and also use it to self-rate themselves. "Superhero Brains" are celebrated in the class and can act as "peer supports" on the computer. 

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Rubric
 
 
This is the "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric, which is a great tool for self-assessment on how quickly and efficiently a student is working during their blended rotation. It also asks students what supports they need. This is an excellent opportunity for students to help each other and identify and celebrate those who are "Superhero Brains" with the intention that they will inspire and support their peers. It may also be used whole-class.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Rubric
 
 
This is the "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric, which is a great tool for self-assessment on how quickly and efficiently a student is working during their blended rotation. It also asks students what supports they need. This is an excellent opportunity for students to help each other and identify and celebrate those who are "Superhero Brains" with the intention that they will inspire and support their peers. It may also be used whole-class.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Assessment & Data
Mark's Use of Assessments and Data

Assessment and data play a crucial role in a blended teacher’s classroom. Blended learning gives teachers an opportunity to assess consistently throughout a class period, in a way that drives instruction, impacts grouping, and assignments. Blended educators have to develop capacity to sift through multiple sources of data and synthesizes quickly into action. Check out how Mark utilizes Assessment and Data here.

 
Routines and Procedures
Blended Learning Self-Monitoring

Students self monitoring- At the closing of each session students turns and talk to their neighbor about how their session went, what went well, and what a challenge was. This is done so students have support for their sessions, and so the teacher can visually evaluate how the students feel they are doing. The self monitoring also helps students consider what their next steps should be, as well as offer up suggestions on who to ask for help with certain lessons or who the 'ask an expert' go to would be. 


 
Instructional Openings
Goal of the Day

Explicitly stating the Goal of the Day is a deliberate strategy I employ at the beginning of my lessons to ensure that my students understand the purpose (both short- and long-term) of the work we will be doing together. Reviewing the Goal of the Day clarifies for my students the larger meaning behind the smaller and more discrete pieces of learning they do every day. It also helps us all remain focused on my students' larger dreams and aspirations. 

 
 
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