Independent Student Learning

Yoda Master

Yoda Master is a way for students to learn, practice, and assess a skill that they previously did not master. Students utilize the Workshop strategy in a variation: everyone is remediating a past skill. They first access their formative data trackers and choose a skill they did not master. Then they create a playlist using approved resources and incorporating their learning styles. The teacher will approve the playlist and students begin the process. They have to check back in with the teacher once they have gone through the Learn, Teach, Practice,and Retake steps. The teacher serves as a true facillitator in this strategy, and can still pull groups or do data chats. This is the ultimate level of student agency and self driven learning!  

Strategy Resources (4)
Student Handout
 
 
This document is what students would use during Yoda Master. The top portion is the skill they identified as weak. Under that is the plan, where they have to decide the ways in which they want to reteach themselves (i.e. get a tutor, watch a video, etc). Once they have written their plan it gets approved by the teacher and they set out to retake their assessment once they are done. The reflection part is essential for when students score poorly so they can figure out what was helpful, and what they could do better.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This article describes the way that the mythical star wars figure taught via facilitation and personalization.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
Here I talk through Yoda Master and how students move through the process.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a class-collaborated resource doc that many students utilized to help them choose high quality resources.
Student Handout
 
 
This document is what students would use during Yoda Master. The top portion is the skill they identified as weak. Under that is the plan, where they have to decide the ways in which they want to reteach themselves (i.e. get a tutor, watch a video, etc). Once they have written their plan it gets approved by the teacher and they set out to retake their assessment once they are done. The reflection part is essential for when students score poorly so they can figure out what was helpful, and what they could do better.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
Here I talk through Yoda Master and how students move through the process.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a class-collaborated resource doc that many students utilized to help them choose high quality resources.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This article describes the way that the mythical star wars figure taught via facilitation and personalization.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
Similar Strategies
Whole-Group Instruction
Vocab Blitz

The Vocab Blitz is a visual strategy used to teach concepts through the use of math vocabulary. Students answer deep questions about the relationship between words and math and earn tickets. They place these in the Raffle Jar, which we pick from on Fridays for a small prize. Math vocabulary just for the sake of knowing academic language is good, but the Vocab Blitz explicitly asks students to apply the terms, which allows me to build more rigorous questions and connect ideas (i.e. how volume connects to science). For example, by knowing what the dividend actually is, we have a shared language that we can use when trying to figure out if a problem is asking us to multiply or divide, and to connect to improper fractions' numerator when converting them.

 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Stephen's Model Overview

In my school, students use a lab rotation system where they go to a computer lab for set amounts of time to work on online content through sites such as Lexia and ST Math.  In my own class, I also use a station rotation system, where groups of students spend time learning in different ways.  Online sites like Khan Academy and FrontRow help to differentiate the content, collaborative skills make learning social, and teacher interventions help me to address misconceptions. My students gain valuable digital and character skills while they manage their own learning.  My model has fostered perseverance and independence among my students that I know will help them to be successful in their lives.

Number of Students: 17 students per class

Number of Adults: one teacher; one paraprofessional (20 minutes per period)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 90 minutes with teacher; 90 minutes in Learning Lab

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: Khan Academy; Google Classroom; Google Forms; Front Row; ST Math (in Learning Lab); DreamBox (in Learning Lab)

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Chromebooks (1:1 ratio); SMARTboard

Key Features: station rotation; lab rotation; student agency;individualized learning paths

 
Academic Culture
The Raffle

Everyone loves tickets! When students earn tickets during the Vocab Blitz, Bull Boards, and other moments, students drop them into the raffle jar. On Fridays we pull out a few names for Nerddy prizes like pens and highlighters. 


 
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