Independent Student Learning

Yoda Master

Yoda Master is a way for students to learn, practice, and assess a skill that they previously did not master. Students utilize the Workshop strategy in a variation: everyone is remediating a past skill. They first access their formative data trackers and choose a skill they did not master. Then they create a playlist using approved resources and incorporating their learning styles. The teacher will approve the playlist and students begin the process. They have to check back in with the teacher once they have gone through the Learn, Teach, Practice,and Retake steps. The teacher serves as a true facillitator in this strategy, and can still pull groups or do data chats. This is the ultimate level of student agency and self driven learning!  

Strategy Resources (4)
Student Handout
 
 
This document is what students would use during Yoda Master. The top portion is the skill they identified as weak. Under that is the plan, where they have to decide the ways in which they want to reteach themselves (i.e. get a tutor, watch a video, etc). Once they have written their plan it gets approved by the teacher and they set out to retake their assessment once they are done. The reflection part is essential for when students score poorly so they can figure out what was helpful, and what they could do better.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This article describes the way that the mythical star wars figure taught via facilitation and personalization.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
Here I talk through Yoda Master and how students move through the process.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a class-collaborated resource doc that many students utilized to help them choose high quality resources.
Student Handout
 
 
This document is what students would use during Yoda Master. The top portion is the skill they identified as weak. Under that is the plan, where they have to decide the ways in which they want to reteach themselves (i.e. get a tutor, watch a video, etc). Once they have written their plan it gets approved by the teacher and they set out to retake their assessment once they are done. The reflection part is essential for when students score poorly so they can figure out what was helpful, and what they could do better.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
Here I talk through Yoda Master and how students move through the process.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a class-collaborated resource doc that many students utilized to help them choose high quality resources.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This article describes the way that the mythical star wars figure taught via facilitation and personalization.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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