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Strategy Explanation
 
 
The pacing calendar allows students to plan their learning goals accurately. They can see what lesson they need to be on in a week or by the end of the trimester to be considered on pace.
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Strategy Explanation
 
 
The pacing calendar allows students to plan their learning goals accurately. They can see what lesson they need to be on in a week or by the end of the trimester to be considered on pace.
 
Independent Student Learning

Pacing Calendar

The class pace is always posted at the front of the room, including the lesson that should be completed by the end of class as well as the following class. The class pace serves as a benchmark for students, letting them know how many lessons they should have completed by a certain date. The grading system I use is primarily based on student progress, so for students to get a good grade on their progress reports, its essential that they keep with the pace of the class. This is essentially a guide for students to use as they go through standards at their own pace. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Although students move at their own pace in terms of mastering a concept, there are guidelines in terms of what they have to master by an estimated date. Here I explain how students use the pacing calendar to help guide their independent learning.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The pacing calendar allows students to plan their learning goals accurately. They can see what lesson they need to be on in a week or by the end of the trimester to be considered on pace.
Online Student Resource
 
 
This link is to the classroom pacing calendar. The class calendar is created through Google Calendars and embedded in the weekly website.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Although students move at their own pace in terms of mastering a concept, there are guidelines in terms of what they have to master by an estimated date. Here I explain how students use the pacing calendar to help guide their independent learning.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The pacing calendar allows students to plan their learning goals accurately. They can see what lesson they need to be on in a week or by the end of the trimester to be considered on pace.
Online Student Resource
 
 
This link is to the classroom pacing calendar. The class calendar is created through Google Calendars and embedded in the weekly website.
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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Meet and Greet/Class Meeting

As a blended learning practitioner, I have learned that it's critically important to develop a classroom culture infused with respect and a collaborative spirit. Cultivating and nurturing this culture is especially important in my classroom where so much of the learning is self-paced and the content is largely accessed digitally. The Meet and Greet is a strategy I use to start each day in order to model positive student-teacher interaction, to assess individual student's state of mind quickly, and to motivate my students to engage with the content right away. Our weekly Class Meeting is another strategy that promotes a positive and collaborative classroom culture. In first part of each Class Meeting, my students are nominated for "shout-outs" by their classmates for specific effort and achievement they have demonstrated in the previous week. In the second part of the Class Meeting (please see the "Class Forum" strategy video), my students identify ways in which the class can improve and they suggest potential solutions to difficulties they are experiencing. The Meet and Greet and the Class Meeting are strategies that allow me to express my respect for my students and their experience of learning. Implementing these strategies has resulted in higher degrees of student ownership, responsibility, and engagement.

 
Academic Culture
Ben's Classroom Culture

A positive classroom culture promotes student engagement, efficiency, and academic growth. Culture influences how and why students learn and ties the students to the teacher on a personal level. Check out the video below to see how Ben's culture impacts student achievement!

 
 
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