Closing Time:

 
 
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Instructional Closings

Closing Time

Science can be messy and my students are often in such a rush to take care of the priorities for the next class that they forget to clean up their work and physical area appropriately. Closing Time reminds my students of their obligations for the end of a class period and standardizes a system that promotes personal responsibility for all class materials. During this time, I list all of the upcoming class assignments and events on the board, so that my students can begin thinking about future activities when they've finished cleaning up and closing down. Coupling this strategy with a tool like Remind 101 keeps my students aware of what is expected of them outside of class time.

Strategy Resources (3)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Presentation
 
 
This Closing Time Segment is reflected both physically and digitally. My students have a section of their digital agendas that details the summary questions and next steps for the following classes so that my students are aware of exactly what to take care of before the upcoming period. While they assess what needs to be prepared for next time, they can save their work, clean up the area around them that is often cluttered with science materials.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Remind is a digital communication tool that changes the way students and teachers can interact outside of the classroom. This tool keeps students in the loop about upcoming activities and expectations and keeps identities and phone numbers private to prevent unnecessary intrusions into student privacy. When using Remind, I carefully select what I want to communicate to my students and only send that information periodically, so that they are not so overwhelmed with information that they stop checking.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Presentation
 
 
This Closing Time Segment is reflected both physically and digitally. My students have a section of their digital agendas that details the summary questions and next steps for the following classes so that my students are aware of exactly what to take care of before the upcoming period. While they assess what needs to be prepared for next time, they can save their work, clean up the area around them that is often cluttered with science materials.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Remind is a digital communication tool that changes the way students and teachers can interact outside of the classroom. This tool keeps students in the loop about upcoming activities and expectations and keeps identities and phone numbers private to prevent unnecessary intrusions into student privacy. When using Remind, I carefully select what I want to communicate to my students and only send that information periodically, so that they are not so overwhelmed with information that they stop checking.
Jeff Astor
Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Tenth grade
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Flipped Mastery Model

I use a Flipped Mastery model of instruction. In this model, students watch videos of lessons that I have recorded and posted on the class website, answer a set of practice problems to hone their skills, and take a Mastery Quiz when they feel ready to show they have mastered the material. I provide 1:1 coaching and support throughout the process. If students pass a quiz, they move onto the next lesson. If they fail, they are required to do another practice assignment before re-trying the quiz.  There is no failing in my class.  Either you know something or you’re still learning how to do that thing, but there’s no in-between.

Number of Students: ~22-28 students

Number of Adults: two teachers (co-teaching model)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 110 minutes

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: IXL; SMART Notebook; Screencast-O-Matic; Weebly; PowerSchool; Kahoot!; Google Forms

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: SMARTboard; Wacom Tablet; Amplify Teacher Tablet (for teacher); Mac PowerBook (for teacher)

Key Features: flipped-mastery; competency-based; student agency; co-teaching

 
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Introduction to Mastery Based Learning

In the traditional classroom, time is constant and understanding is variable from student to student. The Flipped Mastery model inverts the traditional relationship between time and understanding, letting understanding be the constant and time be variable. All of my students are held to the same high standards, but they master standards at a pace they feel comfortable with and are ready for. Initially, many of my students are confused about what a self-paced mastery-based class is all about, so my co-teacher and I find it helpful to introduce the concept to our students in a very strategic and explicit way at the beginning of each school year. 

 
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Progress Check-Ins

I have weekly check-in's with students about how they are progressing through the lessons. This ensure face-to-face time with each student and allows me to hold them accountable to the goals they are setting. I ask a standard set of questions "What lesson are you on today?", "What lesson do you plan on being on in a week" ,"Is there anything you need to help you reach your goal?" I record all their answers and keep a running log so I can refer back to these notes each time I conference with a student.

 
 
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