Routines and Procedures

Station Transition

Station transitions occur multiple times in a blended classroom. During station transitions, the team or group that’s coming out of the computers lines up and collects the materials ready to go into the whole group lesson on the rug. At the same time, the group that was just on the rug is now going to the computers and collecting their materials for the computers. We give each students 30 seconds to transition, after which we positively praise 3-4 students for making good transitions.

Strategy Resources (2)
Students In Action
 
 
 
Poster
 
 
The Blended Learning Criteria for Success is a chart that displays for students the steps and behaviors they need order to demonstrate what a successful blended learning session looks and sounds like, paying attention to behavior, noise level, materials, and effort. These colorful charts are displayed in kid-friendly language, are printed in color and laminated, then tape them in front of each computer so that students can refer to them and be reminded of the blended learning behavioral expectations.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
The Blended Learning Criteria for Success is a chart that displays for students the steps and behaviors they need order to demonstrate what a successful blended learning session looks and sounds like, paying attention to behavior, noise level, materials, and effort. These colorful charts are displayed in kid-friendly language, are printed in color and laminated, then tape them in front of each computer so that students can refer to them and be reminded of the blended learning behavioral expectations.
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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