Collaborative Student Groups

Workshop

Workshop is a powerful strategy that provides my students with a degree of choice in how they learn the content in my blended learning classroom. It is also a method of holding them accountable for their choices. I believe that it's important for my students to learn how to manage their time and how to evaluate their learning options so that they can grow closer to taking charge of their own education. Each day, student groups receive "tallies"--ratings for moving quickly, making smooth transitions, and employing responses that feature academic vocabulary and professionalism. I use these tallies to determine the order in which student groups select their blended learning stations on the following day. 

Strategy Resources (5)
Students In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
This is an example of my plan for Workshop from the early part of the year. Note that students are selected to be in tutoring based on two different assessments.
Poster
 
 
The Workshop Board is the student-facing display of available stations and work. Depending on how much choice I give students on a specific day, the structure of the Workshop Board changes.
Student Data
 
 
This is the accountablity document that I created to help with two potential issues. First, there is a fear that students will only do the activities that they want rather than what they need. Next, in that scenario, students may not be getting access to all the opportunites in the classroom. Note the grade section, I give this a monthly grade. Also, the starred items can receive bonuses.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This flowchart shows how I make groups for two week increments of Workshop, using the formative assessments of the previous two weeks. The groups will come to tutoring or work together in the group model of Workshop.
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
The Workshop Board is the student-facing display of available stations and work. Depending on how much choice I give students on a specific day, the structure of the Workshop Board changes.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This flowchart shows how I make groups for two week increments of Workshop, using the formative assessments of the previous two weeks. The groups will come to tutoring or work together in the group model of Workshop.
Lesson Plan
 
 
This is an example of my plan for Workshop from the early part of the year. Note that students are selected to be in tutoring based on two different assessments.
Student Data
 
 
This is the accountablity document that I created to help with two potential issues. First, there is a fear that students will only do the activities that they want rather than what they need. Next, in that scenario, students may not be getting access to all the opportunites in the classroom. Note the grade section, I give this a monthly grade. Also, the starred items can receive bonuses.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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