Instructional Closings

Closing Shout-Outs

At the end of each class period, we spend time celebrating the soft skills students exhibited throughout class. Rather than focusing on academic achievements such as tests, we shout out students who show our core values, such as persistence, responsibility, or empathy. This way students get a chance to recognize one another for their support throught class. This ritual also positively reinforces these values, as students feel successful when they get a shout out.

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Lesson Plan
 
 
In this lesson plan, I set aside time to debrief the class session. We discuss how we performed individually as well as how we collaborated as a group. Students get time to shout out one another, highlighting the support and soft skills needed in order to show success throughout the class.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Lesson Plan
 
 
In this lesson plan, I set aside time to debrief the class session. We discuss how we performed individually as well as how we collaborated as a group. Students get time to shout out one another, highlighting the support and soft skills needed in order to show success throughout the class.
Stephen Pham
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy
San Jose, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Daily Exit Tickets

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Workshop is a powerful strategy that provides my students with a degree of choice in how they learn the content in my blended learning classroom. It is also a method of holding them accountable for their choices. I believe that it's important for my students to learn how to manage their time and how to evaluate their learning options so that they can grow closer to taking charge of their own education. Each day, student groups receive "tallies"--ratings for moving quickly, making smooth transitions, and employing responses that feature academic vocabulary and professionalism. I use these tallies to determine the order in which student groups select their blended learning stations on the following day. 

 
 
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