Instructional Openings

Real World Hook

One way we bring authenticity to our lessons is by making explicit connections or real world hooks to what we're learning. What I particularly enjoyed about our persuasive writing unit is that we were able to identify real problems in our own school community and to think of solutions. It then brought about real change in our school, and in this case brought about getting more magazines into the classroom which was an identified need of our class.

Strategy Resources (2)
Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a comprehensive list on different ways to engage your students at the beginning of the lesson through hooks. The purpose of a “hook” is to help students frame their thinking and focus on the concept at hand. Some are obviously better for some subjects than others, and some may be redundant, but use this resource to gather different ideas and change up your lesson openings! Credit: lms.marshall.k12tn.net/evaluation%20stuff/Lesson%20Hooks.doc
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a comprehensive list on different ways to engage your students at the beginning of the lesson through hooks. The purpose of a “hook” is to help students frame their thinking and focus on the concept at hand. Some are obviously better for some subjects than others, and some may be redundant, but use this resource to gather different ideas and change up your lesson openings! Credit: lms.marshall.k12tn.net/evaluation%20stuff/Lesson%20Hooks.doc
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Mark's Approach to Collaboration & Communication

Communicating and collaborating with both colleagues and students' families is crucial in a blended environment. This is especially true if a teacher is doing something that looks very different from other teachers at his school. Check out how Mark communicates and collaborates with both his colleagues at school and his students' families and how his methods of communication and collaboration have evolved over time.

 
Routines and Procedures
Blended Learning Self-Monitoring

Students self monitoring- At the closing of each session students turns and talk to their neighbor about how their session went, what went well, and what a challenge was. This is done so students have support for their sessions, and so the teacher can visually evaluate how the students feel they are doing. The self monitoring also helps students consider what their next steps should be, as well as offer up suggestions on who to ask for help with certain lessons or who the 'ask an expert' go to would be. 


 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Rotation Enables Small Group Lessons

At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model where some students engage with interactive software, enabling small group lessons for others. Our students have 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. Our rotational model is currently evolving to use more programs and create more rotations. The goal is to increase the opportunities for small group instruction where we can better meet individual needs.

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: 60 minutes--two 30  minute rotations (Math Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: DreamBox

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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