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. 


Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Video sample of students self-monitoring.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The student desks each have their own labeled and initialed headphone buckets. Each student also has a self monitoring clothespin with their picture to move their clip according to how they felt their session went. This is a great informal way for the students and teacher to know how students are doing.
Poster
 
 
These sentence stems are used as descriptors for students to evaluate themselves. These descriptors are student friendly and instill a sense of purpose and reflection for students.
Students In Action
 
 
Video sample of students self-monitoring.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
The student desks each have their own labeled and initialed headphone buckets. Each student also has a self monitoring clothespin with their picture to move their clip according to how they felt their session went. This is a great informal way for the students and teacher to know how students are doing.
Poster
 
 
These sentence stems are used as descriptors for students to evaluate themselves. These descriptors are student friendly and instill a sense of purpose and reflection for students.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Whole-Group Instruction
Mystery Problem

This strategy is a biweekly problem solving investigation on recently learned content. Typically students will be given sample scanned answers that I have hand selected. These problems have been previously solved. Students meet on the carpet for the mystery problem reveal. We also cover what the goal of our session will be using a checklist/success rubric. They are then dismissed to investigate in teams. The students select manipulatives to discuss, develop an agreed upon idea, and critique which student(s) response they agree with/why. If a team finishes early they can work on they "Step ahead" which is harder differentiated task. Finally they use the checklist to self reflect if they were successful during the mystery problem session.

 
Instructional Openings
Goal of the Day

Explicitly stating the Goal of the Day is a deliberate strategy I employ at the beginning of my lessons to ensure that my students understand the purpose (both short- and long-term) of the work we will be doing together. Reviewing the Goal of the Day clarifies for my students the larger meaning behind the smaller and more discrete pieces of learning they do every day. It also helps us all remain focused on my students' larger dreams and aspirations. 

 
Instructional Closings
Math Journal

The Math Journal startegy is a closing sequence I use as an ongoing informal assessment at least twice a week. I typically collect at least five journals and respond back to students by writing positive praise and/or a question to have them answer about their answer. I will also conduct a quick visual check by walking around at the conclusion of a math journal session and place a sticker, grade, or smiley face on each student's journal. The Math Journal is a very open constructive tool students can use to develop their mathematical writing prowess and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. 

 
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