Harding Middle School
I want to create a paperless (or less paper-filled) environment and acclimate students to a 21st century learning environment. In this environment, student learning will be more personalized and students will have greater ownership of their learning. Using Flex model I envision being able to divide the class to create two small groupings leading to half of the class participating in online learning and half receiving instruction from the teacher for more individualized attention and student-teacher conversations for check for understanding.
The goal in my classroom is to use technology to have students be more self-starting learners. In order for this to happen, playlists are being developed to give students an opportunity to take charge of their learning and choose the ways that they learn most effectively. To accomplish this task I have outlined my steps:
Reflection & Findings:
As of now, I am currently in what I would call phase 1 of our implementation. The goal is to eventually have a classroom where there is traditional instruction and intervention happening along with online or device assisted learning. I have begun the process of working in routines and procedures for greater student autonomy by creating a personalized learning environment. The main way we have accomplished this is by rotating through stations. One station always involves individual learning through the use of technology. The other two are usually hands on, project based learning and a more "traditional" classroom approach that supports the large group learning targets.
One focus to assist my students' learning is to work on computer literacy skills, things as simple as logging into the computer efficiently, creating a positive online presence, and trouble-shooting simple computer problems. Students are becoming comfortable with their time on devices and determining their areas of weakness within the content to focus on for the day.
The next step is to create a multitude of activities for students to pick from to control the pace at which they are learning and the way they are gaining new information for just-in time instruction. Much of this will be provided to them in a digital format and I will have more freedom to focus on an individual or small group intervention instead of whole class instructions to meet their needs.