Routines and Procedures

Transition Time

Within my blended learning classroom, students transition between computers and their desks or the carpet at least twice during every class period. To ensure that we don't lose valuable time during these transitions, I have implemented a structured process to support my students in moving from one station to another. When it's time for transition, I call out the name of a station, and the students in the appropriate group call out their group's name, indicating to me that they know where they are going. As students rotate onto the computers, they know that they should walk counter-clockwise, starting from the scratch paper area to their work areas. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Graphic Organizer
 
 
This T-chart is used to allow students to observe, practice, and critique the quality of a transition. We have a few students model, we then provide feedback as a class, the group practices again, and we repeat as a larger group. The chart is broken into what went well on the left, and how can we improve on the right. The main purpose is to empower students to take pride and ownership during their rotation transition.
Poster
 
 
This is a T-Chart we use to define, as a class, what blended learning should look like and sound like. Allowing students to identify the shoulds/should nots of blended learning transitions, the T-Chart helps them see and discuss the purpose and need for urgency during transitions, especially at the beginning of the school year.
Students In Action
 
 
Graphic Organizer
 
 
This T-chart is used to allow students to observe, practice, and critique the quality of a transition. We have a few students model, we then provide feedback as a class, the group practices again, and we repeat as a larger group. The chart is broken into what went well on the left, and how can we improve on the right. The main purpose is to empower students to take pride and ownership during their rotation transition.
Poster
 
 
This is a T-Chart we use to define, as a class, what blended learning should look like and sound like. Allowing students to identify the shoulds/should nots of blended learning transitions, the T-Chart helps them see and discuss the purpose and need for urgency during transitions, especially at the beginning of the school year.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Rotational Model with Two Groups

We began to pilot blended learning three years ago starting with K-2. So our 3rd grade students have had three years of blended learning and we have a solidified understanding of what works. At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model in both math and ELA, which provides students 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. In both math and ELA, students are divided into two group, each spending half their time in teacher-led instruction and the remainder of working on the computers. While they’re on the computers, students use either DreamBox Learning (math), i-Ready or myON (reading), or an enrichment program, such as a typing software program.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 120 minutes (Reading and Writing Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: MyOn; i-Ready

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency

 
 
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