Blended Assessments for ELA: STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx

 
 
 
STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
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This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
  • STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
  • STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
  • STAR Reference Document for Aspire teachers (Fall 2014).docx
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
 
Assessment & Data

Blended Assessments for ELA

Our students take several online assessments which gives us more data on each student's reading development, their gaps in reading, and their strengths. These online assessments help give a more holistic approach to a child's reading development since we are using multiple assessments. Included are the assessments in iReady, the STAR Enterprise, and My On.

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Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
 
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document outlines suggested norms around how to set up your classroom for online assessments, especially for elementary school students. Included are having login information printed out on cards for students prior to testing, a designated area in the room where testing on computers or tablets occurs,and what to have on each student's desk while testing.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Peer Tutoring on Computers

When a student is working on the computers, they may ask a peer for help if they haven't successfully figured out how to solve a problem. I emphasize trying something first on your paper to explain what you have tried to your buddy, and ask for ideas they may have. Given the adaptive nature of our BL software, many students are encountering difficult content. I want my students to teach each other how to overcome challenges and persevere. This helps to create a sense of unity along with our motivational BL wall. 

 
Instructional Openings
Vocabulary Prediction Chart

In my class, we go over one word a day from the unit we’re learning. The first step is to ask the class how many have heard of the word before. After I tally the number, those students predict its meaning (without giving any contexts). I ask them to justify why they make that prediction (e..g, where have they heard that word before? What clues are they drawing their information from?). After they share their predictions, I then share with them the signal or physical movement attached to word. It then becomes the signal word of the day.

 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Rotational Model with Two Groups

We began to pilot blended learning three years ago starting with K-2. So our 3rd grade students have had three years of blended learning and we have a solidified understanding of what works. At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model in both math and ELA, which provides students 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. In both math and ELA, students are divided into two group, each spending half their time in teacher-led instruction and the remainder of working on the computers. While they’re on the computers, students use either DreamBox Learning (math), i-Ready or myON (reading), or an enrichment program, such as a typing software program.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 120 minutes (Reading and Writing Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: MyOn; i-Ready

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency

 
 
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