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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