Gooru Collection: Gooru Collection Responses.pdf

 
 
 
Gooru Collection Responses Compiled for -Sharpening PC Theory- (Responses) - Trick Baby film clip.pdf
Student Work Sample
 
 
Once my students view a resource in the Gooru Collection, they answer a set of questions demonstrating their understanding and reaction to each resource. Each of the sheets in this resource shows the students' compiled responses to each resource.
  • Gooru Collection Responses.pdf
  • Gooru Collection Responses.pdf
  • Gooru Collection Responses.pdf
  • Gooru Collection Responses.pdf
  • Gooru Collection Responses.pdf
  • Gooru Collection Responses.pdf
Student Work Sample
 
 
Once my students view a resource in the Gooru Collection, they answer a set of questions demonstrating their understanding and reaction to each resource. Each of the sheets in this resource shows the students' compiled responses to each resource.
 
Learning Apps

Gooru Collection

A Gooru Collection is a strategy I utilize frequently in my blended classroom to personalize learning for my students. Students log into our class on the Gooru site to access a curated "digital playlist" of engaging resources that I have found online or created myself. These different "texts" can be videos, images, articles, websites--basically anything that can be accessed online. Students interact with the resources in the Collection at their own pace, and I make time in each class period to check in with each student while they are engaged in the Collection (this is facilitated by my students' use of headphones). Students can review an uploaded resource multiple times if necessary to gain understanding. I include questions after every resource to prompt my students' thinking and/or to assess what they are learning from the resource. Given the media-driven world in which we live, it is important for my students to have this opportunity to synthesize their understanding of concepts and literary elements through multiple text formats. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a link to the Gooru website.
Student Work Sample
 
 
Once my students view a resource in the Gooru Collection, they answer a set of questions demonstrating their understanding and reaction to each resource. Each of the sheets in this resource shows the students' compiled responses to each resource.
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a link to the Gooru website.
Student Work Sample
 
 
Once my students view a resource in the Gooru Collection, they answer a set of questions demonstrating their understanding and reaction to each resource. Each of the sheets in this resource shows the students' compiled responses to each resource.
Johanna Paraiso
Fremont High School Oakland
Oakland, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Twelfth grade
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While I often use a Google Form survey or an opening conversation to start class and set the tone, there is also tremendous value in having students write their individual thoughts in their Writer's Notebooks. Ours is a mostly paperless classroom despite the fact that it is an English class, so these pen-to-paper moments are significant ones. Students understand that these journal entries are silent reflections meant to put them in the frame of mind needed for the day's lessons. 

 
Blended Learning Model Overviews
Johanna's Model Overview

I would describe my classroom as a mix of a flex and a face-to-face instructional model. During our block periods, my students transition frequently among different learning modalities, including online self-paced learning, collaborative small group learning, and whole class instruction. They use online tools to become stronger readers, to conduct research, to connect with communities beyond our classroom, and to engage civically through blogging, virtual discussions, and community-focused projects. Ideally through consistent student-to-student collaboration, my project-based classroom allows students to see the importance of social justice and how it is infused in the literature content they engage with on a regular basis. Co-teaching and authentic project-based learning are key elements of my model.


Number of Students: ~15-25 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; one student teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 92 minutes (M, T, Th, F); 35 minutes (W)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: Google Drive; Google Apps for Education; Gooru Learning; Adobe Photoshop; Newsela; Piktochart Infographic Creator; iMovie; iPhoto; Audible; Quizlet; Jupiter Ed; Google Hangouts

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: mobile cart with 34 Chromebooks (1:1)

Key Features: project-based; innovative use of time; student agency

 
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Conversational Warm-Up

Generating student talk in the classroom is a focal point for my teaching, and it is important that those conversations happen in both high-stakes and low-stakes settings. A Warm-Up is the forum for a low-stakes conversation that can generate a high return. For example, the journey for a student to become an excellent oral presenter can be an uncomfortable one. Opening class with a conversation where students can talk with each other in anticipation of these growing pains does perpetuate a sense of camaraderie and support, although my students have referred to it as a feeling of "shared doom". Additionally, a teacher can have an influence on the energy of the class depending on what prompts are crafted for the Conversational Warm-Up.


 
 
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