At the start of a new academic year and I walked into a classroom of 34 eager kids. The classroom wasn’t the largest in the state, even so, their energy was overwhelming, with a broad range of learning abilities and behaviors. To assist students better, I sought an opportunity to create an engaging educational tool, a website where students could work independently on a prompt, while I worked with another group of students. Divide and conquer! The idea of this project being that with careful preparation, students could gain insight on an assigned task, with readings and media connections prior to a whole group discussion.
Their interest in online learning was noticeable. Children are drawn to peculiar things. Following an online inquiry of balanced ecosystems and biomes, I was surprised at their affection toward a flightless bird and its amusing behaviors. I concluded that the Kiwi bird and its energetic characteristics is a match for how kids behave when they find something they enjoy doing and chasing about.
With time, I created a website where various principals of the Flipped Classroom rotation model could be used, e.g., online learning, lab stations, workgroups. An idea that can continue to grow year to year, with interesting curated media content. Blended learning models can improve student class participation in multiple areas, research and writing included, and as a bonus it encourages productive computer screen time. Models that use technology and online resources can build positive contributions to class management, like having two teachers in the same room. That’s the great news about employing tech tools, they are an opportunity to share in a new learning culture, especially when students are encouraged to use it in meaningful ways.
Our goal is to curate educational posts, ideas, and links that everyone can use.
APPLICABLE SUBJECTS – ACADEMIC PURPOSE:
- English / Language Arts – reading experience through inquiry
- ELD – vocabulary, visually integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media
- Math – utilize Go Math resources, education links and Scholastic modules
- Science – engage in California science connections for grades 3-5 and Scholastic modules
- Technology – Digital Citizenship, creating positive digital footprints
- Writing – meet Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing | Research to Build and Present Knowledge | English Language Arts | p. 20 (K-5) and p. 55 (6-12)
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
9. Draw evidence from literary and/or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Teacher: Jorge Rosales, M.Ed
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