Independent Student Learning

Pacing Calendar

The class pace is always posted at the front of the room, including the lesson that should be completed by the end of class as well as the following class. The class pace serves as a benchmark for students, letting them know how many lessons they should have completed by a certain date. The grading system I use is primarily based on student progress, so for students to get a good grade on their progress reports, its essential that they keep with the pace of the class. This is essentially a guide for students to use as they go through standards at their own pace. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Although students move at their own pace in terms of mastering a concept, there are guidelines in terms of what they have to master by an estimated date. Here I explain how students use the pacing calendar to help guide their independent learning.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The pacing calendar allows students to plan their learning goals accurately. They can see what lesson they need to be on in a week or by the end of the trimester to be considered on pace.
Online Student Resource
 
 
This link is to the classroom pacing calendar. The class calendar is created through Google Calendars and embedded in the weekly website.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Although students move at their own pace in terms of mastering a concept, there are guidelines in terms of what they have to master by an estimated date. Here I explain how students use the pacing calendar to help guide their independent learning.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The pacing calendar allows students to plan their learning goals accurately. They can see what lesson they need to be on in a week or by the end of the trimester to be considered on pace.
Online Student Resource
 
 
This link is to the classroom pacing calendar. The class calendar is created through Google Calendars and embedded in the weekly website.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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