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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Instructional Closings
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The Math Journal startegy is a closing sequence I use as an ongoing informal assessment at least twice a week. I typically collect at least five journals and respond back to students by writing positive praise and/or a question to have them answer about their answer. I will also conduct a quick visual check by walking around at the conclusion of a math journal session and place a sticker, grade, or smiley face on each student's journal. The Math Journal is a very open constructive tool students can use to develop their mathematical writing prowess and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. 

 
Assessment & Data
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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. 

 
 
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