Independent Student Learning

Bonus Materials

Sometimes students need a lesson or concept explained to them in a different way than has been done in the video I recorded. For this reason, I try to find other resources for students to use to get unstuck.

Strategy Resources (5)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Students aren't always going to grasp a concept based on the way I teach it. I want to provide alternative explanations and presentations to help them understand.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Yay math is youtube channel made by an incredible math teacher who records his live lessons. He dresses up in a costume for all his lessons, and the videos are entertaining to watch. Once again, this is just another link I provide students who need extra explanation of a topic.
Online Student Resource
 
 
At the bottom of each lesson page, there are additional resources. On this lesson, there is a Khan Academy Video, a lesson on the same topic by another teacher on youtube, and a page reference for the free online textbook developed by CK-12.
Online Student Resource
 
 
CK-12 is an non-profit organization that provides free online textbooks on a variety of subjects. I love the geometry textbook. It's clearly written and uncluttered, unlike many of the textbooks you see from major publishers. In addition to videos, I'll provide a page reference to the textbook for students who want to read further on the topic.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Khan Academy is the go to site for teachers who want to target specific skills using an online platform. On my lesson pages, I will provide a link to the Khan Academy video explaining the same topic, giving students additional examples to practice and perhaps a different explanation they find more understandable (hey, my videos are far from perfect!).
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Students aren't always going to grasp a concept based on the way I teach it. I want to provide alternative explanations and presentations to help them understand.
Online Student Resource
 
 
At the bottom of each lesson page, there are additional resources. On this lesson, there is a Khan Academy Video, a lesson on the same topic by another teacher on youtube, and a page reference for the free online textbook developed by CK-12.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Khan Academy is the go to site for teachers who want to target specific skills using an online platform. On my lesson pages, I will provide a link to the Khan Academy video explaining the same topic, giving students additional examples to practice and perhaps a different explanation they find more understandable (hey, my videos are far from perfect!).
Online Student Resource
 
 
Yay math is youtube channel made by an incredible math teacher who records his live lessons. He dresses up in a costume for all his lessons, and the videos are entertaining to watch. Once again, this is just another link I provide students who need extra explanation of a topic.
Online Student Resource
 
 
CK-12 is an non-profit organization that provides free online textbooks on a variety of subjects. I love the geometry textbook. It's clearly written and uncluttered, unlike many of the textbooks you see from major publishers. In addition to videos, I'll provide a page reference to the textbook for students who want to read further on the topic.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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