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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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.

 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Jeff's Model Overview

I would describe my classroom model as a tweak on a flex model of instruction. I start each class period by giving students a problem I want them to solve, such as “How would you use the gas laws to explain how popcorn pops?” Students then have the opportunity to create their own learning paths by accessing a variety of curated online and offline resources and activities. I determine if a student has achieved mastery on a given concept by evaluating the online and offline work products they have produced during class and by administering more traditional assessments. However, if a student fails an assessment, he or she can always go back and re-take it. My classroom is 1:1 with a mix of MacBooks and iPads, which have become the vehicle for my students to move at their own pace through difficult chemistry content.

Number of Students: ~ 36 students/period

Number of Adults: one teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 120 minutes (M, T, Th, F); 45 minutes (W)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: CK-12 BrainGenie; Google Apps for Education; eduCanon; Formative; YouTube; Screencast-O-Matic; Wikispaces; Weebly; Versal; Common Curriculum

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: MacBook computers (1:1); 2nd Generation iPads; SMARTboard; Surface Pro 3 (for teacher)

Key Features: competency-based; content in multiple formats; problem-based; gamification; student agency

 
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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. 

 
 
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