Independent Student Learning

Digital Content Whiteboard Support

Students use their dry erase markers and white boards to jot down notes and work though problems while they work online. This simple strategy supports students in actually working through problems that they may otherwise try to solve in their heads. It also helps students stay engaged on computers for longer periods of time.

Strategy Resources (3)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a screencast I made to further explain this strategy. When my students started using the online math curriculum (Dreambox) early in the year, they were taught to calculate mentally. While this is a great end goal for my students, oftentimes giving them a whiteboard to work their problems out and show their work is just the scaffold they need to feel more successful.
Student Handout
 
 
I give students this "Criteria for Success" to remind them of the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. "Having materials ready" includes having a white board and a dry erase marker.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a screencast I made to further explain this strategy. When my students started using the online math curriculum (Dreambox) early in the year, they were taught to calculate mentally. While this is a great end goal for my students, oftentimes giving them a whiteboard to work their problems out and show their work is just the scaffold they need to feel more successful.
Student Handout
 
 
I give students this "Criteria for Success" to remind them of the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. "Having materials ready" includes having a white board and a dry erase marker.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Feedback Systems
Peer Feedback

There are two feedback practices within this strategy video. The first half shows us setting up the expectations and granting randomly assigned roles for the feedback session. Prior to dismissing I try to have students point where they are going to clear up any confusion. The second half shows students using our teamwork rubric sentence stems to write down comments. Students know they are going to use different color markers to write on team posters and give a glow and or a grow for the other team. 

 
Individual Instruction
Writer's Workshop Conference

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Instructional Openings
Collaborative Pre-Reading

My students generate questions before their computer-based blended learning sessions in order to guide their reading of a text through the virtual library, MyOn. They will use these class-generated questions as a reading strategy ("asking questions") in order to increase their comprehension and will give more explicit purpose to their reading. This simple strategy has helped my students be more focused and successful when they're reading independently on My On.

 
 
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