Computer Captains for Transitions: Computer Captains for Transitions

 
 
 
Computer Captains for Transitions
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Routines and Procedures

Computer Captains for Transitions

Computer Captains for Transitions is a routine I have developed that allows my students to take on an important peer leadership role that, at the same time, helps minimize the amount of time that my students spend in transition from working independently on a computer to joining their group on the rug for direct instruction or vice versa. Using the Computer Captains for Transitions strategy, which involves designated students alerting their peers to the timing of routinized whole-class transitions, allows my students to develop more ownership over their own learning and the culture of the class. Used in combination with timing transitions and re-doing unsuccessful transitions, this strategy has helped me re-capture critical learning time in my blended learning classroom. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Student Handout
 
 
This is the Computer Captain job description that I share with my students. It states that the captain is responsible for ensuring a good transition to and from the computers by saying "All aboard!" when the transition has started, timing students during the transition, and positively reinforcing those who transition correctly. The Computer Captain also signals when it is "All cleared!" to begin using computers.
Student Handout
 
 
My students use this Student Job Application to "apply" for jobs in my classroom. They have to explain why they want the job, as well as list their qualifications, prior job experiences, and other jobs they may also like to have.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the Computer Captain job description that I share with my students. It states that the captain is responsible for ensuring a good transition to and from the computers by saying "All aboard!" when the transition has started, timing students during the transition, and positively reinforcing those who transition correctly. The Computer Captain also signals when it is "All cleared!" to begin using computers.
Student Handout
 
 
My students use this Student Job Application to "apply" for jobs in my classroom. They have to explain why they want the job, as well as list their qualifications, prior job experiences, and other jobs they may also like to have.
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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Feedback Systems
Peer Feedback

There are two feedback practices within this strategy video. The first half shows us setting up the expectations and granting randomly assigned roles for the feedback session. Prior to dismissing I try to have students point where they are going to clear up any confusion. The second half shows students using our teamwork rubric sentence stems to write down comments. Students know they are going to use different color markers to write on team posters and give a glow and or a grow for the other team. 

 
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


 
Assessment & Data
Fluid Mastery Rubric

Students self-monitor their understanding by using the Fluid Mastery Rubric.  They monitor their level of understanding of the lesson on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 being least mastered to 4 being most).  Because my students are given the opportunity to reflect and self-monitor their level of understanding of the lesson, I get real-time data on which students need targeted interventions and supports. 

 
 
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