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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Jeff's Approach to Planning

Planning is an essential part of a blended teacher’s practice. In blended environments, where students can be at different points in a course on various modalities, blended teachers need to be very intentional about how they plan. Check out the video below to see how Jeff plans for instruction in his blended classroom.


 
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Jeff's Model Overview

I would describe my classroom model as a tweak on a flex model of instruction. I start each class period by giving students a problem I want them to solve, such as “How would you use the gas laws to explain how popcorn pops?” Students then have the opportunity to create their own learning paths by accessing a variety of curated online and offline resources and activities. I determine if a student has achieved mastery on a given concept by evaluating the online and offline work products they have produced during class and by administering more traditional assessments. However, if a student fails an assessment, he or she can always go back and re-take it. My classroom is 1:1 with a mix of MacBooks and iPads, which have become the vehicle for my students to move at their own pace through difficult chemistry content.

Number of Students: ~ 36 students/period

Number of Adults: one teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 120 minutes (M, T, Th, F); 45 minutes (W)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: CK-12 BrainGenie; Google Apps for Education; eduCanon; Formative; YouTube; Screencast-O-Matic; Wikispaces; Weebly; Versal; Common Curriculum

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: MacBook computers (1:1); 2nd Generation iPads; SMARTboard; Surface Pro 3 (for teacher)

Key Features: competency-based; content in multiple formats; problem-based; gamification; student agency

 
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Four Rules

There are only 4 rules in my classroom. The four rules are 1) Be respectful - I will always talk to students respectfully so there is no reason for students to talk to either myself of their peers with disrepect. 2) Always sit in your assigned seat - seating assignments are always projected in the front of the room so there is no reason to be confused about where to sit. No negotiations. 3) No talking during independent time - this doesn't need much explanation. 4) Technology is used for learning. Their devices should only be used to watch instructional videos otherwise it's too easy to get sucked into the vast abyss of the internet.


 
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