Independent Student Learning

Math Notebook Support on Computers

Each of my students is given the option to use different notepads, lined or grid paper, and scratch paper we have. This strategy is implemented to develop students' ability to convey understanding using models or ideas that they have when using our math software. Students in this clip are given ideas about how to express their thinking using our math strategies card along the computer. Students use the notepads or paper to refer back to their previous notes, and to also help one another by referring back to notes where applicable.

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Students In Action

Poster

This poster is created when we begin blended learning to establish expectations using a T-chart. The left side has what someone would see if they peeked through the window during this time, and what they should hear upon walking around the room. I prompt students to visualize what they want these transitions to sound like and look like. Once these expectations are understood following the creation of the T-Chart, a student videotapes the students transitioning, and the other group observes the team transitioning. Half the class observes, the other half practices, and then they switch. We go through this process daily until students feel they are ready, always referring back to the poster as a guide and adjusting if needed.

Students In Action

Poster

This poster is created when we begin blended learning to establish expectations using a T-chart. The left side has what someone would see if they peeked through the window during this time, and what they should hear upon walking around the room. I prompt students to visualize what they want these transitions to sound like and look like. Once these expectations are understood following the creation of the T-Chart, a student videotapes the students transitioning, and the other group observes the team transitioning. Half the class observes, the other half practices, and then they switch. We go through this process daily until students feel they are ready, always referring back to the poster as a guide and adjusting if needed.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Blended Learning Model Overviews

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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