"Making Our Brains Grow Bigger": MakingOurBrainsGrowBiggerRubric.docx

 
 
 
MakingOurBrainsGrowBiggerRubric.docx
Rubric
 
 
This is the "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric, which is a great tool for self-assessment on how quickly and efficiently a student is working during their blended rotation. It also asks students what supports they need. This is an excellent opportunity for students to help each other and identify and celebrate those who are "Superhero Brains" with the intention that they will inspire and support their peers. It may also be used whole-class.
  • MakingOurBrainsGrowBiggerRubric.docx
  • MakingOurBrainsGrowBiggerRubric.docx
Rubric
 
 
This is the "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric, which is a great tool for self-assessment on how quickly and efficiently a student is working during their blended rotation. It also asks students what supports they need. This is an excellent opportunity for students to help each other and identify and celebrate those who are "Superhero Brains" with the intention that they will inspire and support their peers. It may also be used whole-class.
 
Assessment & Data

"Making Our Brains Grow Bigger"

The "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric is a kid-friendly rubric that supports and aids students in self-monitoring how quicky and efficiently they are working in their learning modality. Students use this rubric as a guide for what behaviors are expected during their blended rotation and also use it to self-rate themselves. "Superhero Brains" are celebrated in the class and can act as "peer supports" on the computer. 

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Rubric
 
 
This is the "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric, which is a great tool for self-assessment on how quickly and efficiently a student is working during their blended rotation. It also asks students what supports they need. This is an excellent opportunity for students to help each other and identify and celebrate those who are "Superhero Brains" with the intention that they will inspire and support their peers. It may also be used whole-class.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Rubric
 
 
This is the "Making Our Brains Grow Bigger" Rubric, which is a great tool for self-assessment on how quickly and efficiently a student is working during their blended rotation. It also asks students what supports they need. This is an excellent opportunity for students to help each other and identify and celebrate those who are "Superhero Brains" with the intention that they will inspire and support their peers. It may also be used whole-class.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
Rubric
 
 
Giving students a "Criteria for Success" for blended learning reminds students the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. This includes wearing headphones, having a silent voice, having eyes only on their computer, having materials ready, trying their best, and cleaning up after themselves.
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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Rotation Enables Small Group Lessons

At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model where some students engage with interactive software, enabling small group lessons for others. Our students have 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. Our rotational model is currently evolving to use more programs and create more rotations. The goal is to increase the opportunities for small group instruction where we can better meet individual needs.

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: 60 minutes--two 30  minute rotations (Math Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: DreamBox

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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