Yo, Yo Class!: Yo, Yo Class!

 
 
 
Yo, Yo Class!
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Routines and Procedures

Yo, Yo Class!

My students work independently and in groups using different learning modalities in my blended learning classroom every day. I have developed mechanisms that allow me to get the attention of the entire class when I need to make important announcements, clarify widespread misconceptions, or re-focus the class. Yo, Yo Class! is a call-and-response mechanism that allows me to get the attention of the class quickly. This strategy also taps into youth culture in order to instill a sense of ownership of the class among my students. 

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Here is a list of some of the other calls and responses I use in my class. They are fun, break up the lesson, and build culture.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here is a list of some of the other calls and responses I use in my class. They are fun, break up the lesson, and build culture.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Stakeholder Collaboration
Daniel's Approach to Collaboration & Communication

Communicating and collaborating with both colleagues and students' families is crucial in a blended environment. This is especially true if a teacher is doing something that looks very different from other teachers at his school. Check out how Daniel communicates and collaborates with both his colleagues at school and his students' families and how his methods of communication and collaboration have evolved over time.

 
 
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