Student Binders: Student Binders.mp4

 
 
 
Student Binders.mp4
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Organization is key in a self-paced class. More importantly, useful organization is key so students can go back and review the class material effectively.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Organization is key in a self-paced class. More importantly, useful organization is key so students can go back and review the class material effectively.
 
Routines and Procedures

Student Binders

We don't use text books in our class, we make them. Each student is given a binder at the beginning of the year. The binder becomes a reference book for the students as they fill it up with the lessons they have completed. Many standard textbooks have become a diluted hodepdoge of information, hard for most students (and even myself) to decipher. This binder allows me to create a resource tailored to my students.

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Organization is key in a self-paced class. More importantly, useful organization is key so students can go back and review the class material effectively.
 
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The binders are color coded by class and kept in the classroom at all times. If students want to take lessons home, they need to remove them from the binder. The reason is, if they lost their binder then they are going to be in trouble every time a level test comes around, which are all cumulative. (The laptops in the photo are for student to sign out when they forgot their personal tablets).
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Organization is key in a self-paced class. More importantly, useful organization is key so students can go back and review the class material effectively.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The binders are color coded by class and kept in the classroom at all times. If students want to take lessons home, they need to remove them from the binder. The reason is, if they lost their binder then they are going to be in trouble every time a level test comes around, which are all cumulative. (The laptops in the photo are for student to sign out when they forgot their personal tablets).
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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