December Best Practices & Reminders
A Note from your Instructional Coach
In just a few short months, we've seen and shared some great engagement /instructional strategies:
1) 4 Square and 6 Square Activities
2) Breakout Rooms
3) Student Self Check Slides
4) Interactive Websites - app sharing them in breakout rooms so we as teachers can monitor and provide feedback to our students
5) Think, Pair, Share
6) Summarizing Activities before quiz or exit ticket
7) Cold Call
As we dive into the New Year, we will dig a little deeper into the effectiveness of each strategy. Hopefully, we can continue to find new ideas to try or be reminded of ideas we've used in the past that worked well. Our goal is to take all of these great ideas and extend student learning and metacognition.
Best Practices Spotted in the Month of December
Warm Up Activity
The use of goformative.com gave Lisa the opportunity to assess students early on what they knew before getting started with the lesson. She included 2 content questions and then a third question relating to student interest. This tool allows Lisa to view (in live time) what her students are doing. Lisa's excited to try this in the future as it gives a breakout room activity feel, but students aren't able to look at the box next to them and copy. Each student is showing what they know.
In this Think, Pair, Share type activity, students are encouraged to provide feedback to their peers. Goal/Objective is posted so that purpose is reinforced throughout the lesson. The use of the green check makes it easy for Lisa to scan through the chat box and quickly view the work of students who have completed the activity.
Agree or Disagree?
Students are given time to think and read through the example. They have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ideas. The polling tools in this activity set expectations for 100% participation.
Warm Up Activity
Real World Application - Courtesy of Heather D.
Reminders and Resources
Select your content area and grade band to find resources that support your lessons: (specific videos, websites, text, quiz practice, etc)