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After winter break I scheduled a week for students to catch up. This week was towards the end of the second semester when students are entering panic mode. This takes a little pressure off and prevents some students from feeling that the class pace is out of their reach.
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After winter break I scheduled a week for students to catch up. This week was towards the end of the second semester when students are entering panic mode. This takes a little pressure off and prevents some students from feeling that the class pace is out of their reach.
 
Academic Culture

Catch Up Time

Many students fall behind the class pace as the school year progresses, so I build in time to the class schedule for students to catch up. Before or after a break or towards the end of a trimester I won't move the lesson pace forward, giving students the opportunity to get back on pace.

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
While it is a self-paced class, there is an end goal of material that students need to learn by the end of the year. If they feel totally off track, this Catch Up Time can be very useful.
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
After winter break I scheduled a week for students to catch up. This week was towards the end of the second semester when students are entering panic mode. This takes a little pressure off and prevents some students from feeling that the class pace is out of their reach.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
While it is a self-paced class, there is an end goal of material that students need to learn by the end of the year. If they feel totally off track, this Catch Up Time can be very useful.
Online Student Resource
 
 
After winter break I scheduled a week for students to catch up. This week was towards the end of the second semester when students are entering panic mode. This takes a little pressure off and prevents some students from feeling that the class pace is out of their reach.
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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Routines and Procedures
Meet and Greet/Class Meeting

As a blended learning practitioner, I have learned that it's critically important to develop a classroom culture infused with respect and a collaborative spirit. Cultivating and nurturing this culture is especially important in my classroom where so much of the learning is self-paced and the content is largely accessed digitally. The Meet and Greet is a strategy I use to start each day in order to model positive student-teacher interaction, to assess individual student's state of mind quickly, and to motivate my students to engage with the content right away. Our weekly Class Meeting is another strategy that promotes a positive and collaborative classroom culture. In first part of each Class Meeting, my students are nominated for "shout-outs" by their classmates for specific effort and achievement they have demonstrated in the previous week. In the second part of the Class Meeting (please see the "Class Forum" strategy video), my students identify ways in which the class can improve and they suggest potential solutions to difficulties they are experiencing. The Meet and Greet and the Class Meeting are strategies that allow me to express my respect for my students and their experience of learning. Implementing these strategies has resulted in higher degrees of student ownership, responsibility, and engagement.

 
Instructional Planning
Jeff's Approach to Planning

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Time and Space
Pick-A-Lesson

In a self-paced class, students need to have access to any lesson, at any time. Thus, I created an area at the back of my classroom where every lesson is printed out and organized sequentially for students to take whenever they are ready to move to the next lesson. This allows students to continually work at their own pace. It also changes the dynamic of the learning process - students are no longer passively given assignments by the teacher and are now actively choosing which assignments they want to do.

 
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