Parent Communication: Bookmark front.jpg

 
 
 
Bookmark front.jpg
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.
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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.
 
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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Assessment & Data
Digital Assessment Tools

I formatively assess students through digital technology like Plickers, Kahoot, and Poll Everywhere. Plickers (Paper clickers) is a free software tool designed like QR codes to collect students’ answers to questions. I create questions on the Plickers website (www.plickers.com) and assign each student a card number. I will read and display the question on the SmartBoard and scan the room to determine students’ answers. The answers are displayed on my device in two colors (incorrect/correct) and in graphical form. This gives me a good visual of where students excel in the curriculum and where they struggle. I also use Kahoot (www.getkahoot.com) as a whole group assessment of students’ understanding. Kahoot allows me to write questions, allows for an allotted amount of time for each question to be answered, and for students to be ranked on time and the correctness of their answer. The students are fully engaged in this activity because it’s over material they’ve all covered, there is music that is aligned with the timer, and they get instant feedback. I also get a report showing their answers to the questions at the end of the game. I use this report, which uses conditional formatting, to show me which answers are correct and which are incorrect. I love how the visual gives me feedback on what students still need to master. I’ve also found Poll Everywhere (polleverywhere.com) to be a great way to formally assess my students. For instance, I asked my students to give me an example of something that is within the hydrosphere. They messaged their answers to our classroom code. It was then displayed on our SmartBoard as a word cloud. I’ve also used Poll Everywhere in conjunction with small group discussion groups with a checklist of skills and standards students need to achieve. For instance, I first used Poll Everywhere to check to see if students understood what objects would be in the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. I wanted to see if they understood the definitions before we moved onto more complex tasks. The word cloud created a list of all the objects in each sphere. I then had students take words from the word cloud and create drawings showing how the four spheres would interact. The students then shared their drawings via Apple TV and the SmartBoard in small groups. I gave verbal feedback in front of the group as well as asked probing questions if I needed to.

 
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. 

 
Small-Group Instruction
Guided Microscope Investigations

Guided Microscope Investigations are investigations done by two students. The student pairings are usually chosen by the students or made by me as a result of the students’ progress on their current level. During these investigations, students examine slides they've created during labs. They work as a team to complete a task related to the content being covered in class. Students often record what they see in the microscope using Educreations, an app on the iPad. As a result of having a blended classroom where students progress in a self-paced way, I’m able to provide this one-on-one guided instruction without having to worry about what the rest of the class is or should be doing. 

 
 
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