OTES Submission of Evidence 2
Instructional Planning: Focus for Learning
Differentiation Example for Student Learning
Instructional Planning: Assessment Data
Instructional Planning: Knowledge, Sequence, Connections & Knowledge of Students
Another example of this is a newly enrolled student whose mother says he is very reluctant to complete paper worksheets. For this reason, I am transferring many of the concepts from paper worksheets used into Odyssey Writer format, since his mother says he is much more likely to complete them willingly that way. The goal has been made to slowly increase the amount of paper/pencil tasks.
To increase motivation, I will often ask parents about their students interests to help guide my instruction. I embed stories and activities of interest into their WebEx sessions (and occasionally into their blocks) to increase interest and participation. For example, Isabella Clark is very interested in animals and dinosaurs. I incorporate activities regarding these topics whenever possible. Naudia Stahl loves to write Mad-Libs, so I will use this at the end of the session to motivate her to complete less desirable tasks as a natural reward.
Instruction and Assessment: Differentiation
The second example below is an differentiated activity used to teach graphing to students.
The third example is a screen shot of a lesson on WebEx using differentiation. Ashley had difficulty in related Compass tasks, and I noticed she didn't have the base skills to add larger amounts of money. I used IXL in WebEx sessions to work on counting coins in order to work towards grade level lessons.
The most common resources that I have began to use frequently include IXL and i-Ready. I use IXL as both supplemental activities and alternative assignments. I embed links to specific skills and activities directly into students Compass blocks or send as links via emails. In becoming familiar with i-Ready as part of 3GG, I have begun to implement its use with students of all grade levels to supplement their reading programs. I also use Reading Eggs and Raz-Kids, as well as Starfall with my younger students.
Below is a sample list of some additional resources I frequently use:
Instruction and Assessment: Classroom Environment
Here are some examples of ways I do this:
I have incentives for attending WebEx. During the incentive period, students who attend WebEx are entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card. I have also set up individual incentives with a few students. When parents state their child is reluctant to complete work, I set up a goal sheet and offer individual rewards for the students.
When a student submits worksheets via email, I send them a cute picture (kind of in place of a sticker. See the example to the right. I also offer praise for completing the work or the block and tell them to keep up the good work!
Along with communicating regularly with students and parents in email, I also occasionally send a smore newsletter that is aimed at motivation and parental involvement. See the example below:
I am continuing to develop other ways to motivate students who are not working praise those who are! Being new to this position, it has taken some trial and error. Since it is not a traditional setting, it takes some thinking outside the box! I have learned greatly from my TBT in this area.