What it looks like
We have block scheduling which allows for the following options each year.
- 3 courses in 1 school year
- 2 courses in 1 semester
- 1 course in 1 semester
We also decided that the "week" for our class starts on Wednesday. This allows us the opportunity to not have to worry about Fridays or Mondays being an excuse for why something didn't happen.
- Curriculum Writing- we used three days to sort our courses and expectations
- Determine what it is that students are to know and be able to do before leaving your room.
- Ours is skills based focus not a content focus.
- This is a very front end loaded process, make sure to leave yourself the time to accomplish the tasks.
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It doesn't have to be more work for you than it is for them.
Use what you already have, just write out the instruction you would have given verbally.
Use the first three-five days to set-up the expectations and procedures students can expect to see in your course.
- "ACE" responses
- Friday reflections
- Google Keep
Don't worry if it doesn't look pretty at first. You can make it pretty later. Just make sure there is a reoccurring flow.
- Readings first
- Notes/video quizzes
- Skill practice
- Next set of readings...
Acknowledge when you failed, revamp/plan, and share.
- Allowing students to pick a prep assignment to be exempt from...fail
- Having students daily reflect on Google Keep...win
- Not posting the skill assessment categories on Schoology...fail
- Using Unit assessments already developed...win!!
PlayPosit of a Schoology Self-Paced Course
Teacher role while this is happening:
- Common grading for consistency
- Discuss skill expectations
- Meeting with individual students on skills
- Meeting with small groups about how to complete an assignment
- Meeting with students about time management/ planning
Our gradebook uses the 25/75 weight
- 25% is preparation- the practice before you play
- 75% is skill assessment- the main event
Students have significant voice and choice
- see skill assessment Menu here
- Preparation voice and choice occurs in the when and sometimes the how-- mindmap v. graphic organizer
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