Transition Time: Transition Time

 
 
 
Transition Time
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Routines and Procedures

Transition Time

Within my blended learning classroom, students transition between computers and their desks or the carpet at least twice during every class period. To ensure that we don't lose valuable time during these transitions, I have implemented a structured process to support my students in moving from one station to another. When it's time for transition, I call out the name of a station, and the students in the appropriate group call out their group's name, indicating to me that they know where they are going. As students rotate onto the computers, they know that they should walk counter-clockwise, starting from the scratch paper area to their work areas. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Graphic Organizer
 
 
This T-chart is used to allow students to observe, practice, and critique the quality of a transition. We have a few students model, we then provide feedback as a class, the group practices again, and we repeat as a larger group. The chart is broken into what went well on the left, and how can we improve on the right. The main purpose is to empower students to take pride and ownership during their rotation transition.
Poster
 
 
This is a T-Chart we use to define, as a class, what blended learning should look like and sound like. Allowing students to identify the shoulds/should nots of blended learning transitions, the T-Chart helps them see and discuss the purpose and need for urgency during transitions, especially at the beginning of the school year.
Students In Action
 
 
Graphic Organizer
 
 
This T-chart is used to allow students to observe, practice, and critique the quality of a transition. We have a few students model, we then provide feedback as a class, the group practices again, and we repeat as a larger group. The chart is broken into what went well on the left, and how can we improve on the right. The main purpose is to empower students to take pride and ownership during their rotation transition.
Poster
 
 
This is a T-Chart we use to define, as a class, what blended learning should look like and sound like. Allowing students to identify the shoulds/should nots of blended learning transitions, the T-Chart helps them see and discuss the purpose and need for urgency during transitions, especially at the beginning of the school year.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Every Friday we meet to discuss a topic around character development and 21st century skills. This is a vital classroom practice in my class. Because blended learning is so high paced and intense, students need support as not only learners but people as well. Students transition from their seats to prepare to watch videos or form a circle around the perimeter of our carpet. Our council pieces are brought out. Council pieces are small items that both the students and I have brought which hold major meaning to us. Once we meet, the only person who can speak is the one holding the council piece. We begin by making a dedication to someone in our life or someone we have beeng thinking about. At the end of the dedications, we begin our council. The talking piece is passed around and all students share their thoughts or may pass. Sometimes we will bring an on-demand journal to share, or students may respond to a posed question.  


 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
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


 
Stakeholder Collaboration
Freddy's Approach to Collaboration & Communication

Communicating and collaborating with both colleagues and students' families is crucial in a blended environment. This is especially true if a teacher is doing something that looks very different from other teachers at his school. Check out how Freddy communicates and collaborates with both her colleagues at school and his students' families and how his methods of communication and collaboration have evolved over time.

 
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