Leataata Floyd Module 6

Alternative Instructional Methods
Leataata Floyd ~ March 2, 2016
As teachers in the School2Home program focus on CCSS and how students can meet them, it is important for them to know about alternative instructional methods for student learning. Since each child has a device, it is easier to include these alternative methods in everyday instruction. This module addresses an alternative for classroom instruction when NOT every child has a device--or when it makes sense to provide a variety of experiences.

Objectives: Teachers will

  • become familiar with the concepts of blended learning and flipped classrooms.
  • practice using technology to create instructional videos for possible inclusion in a flipped or blended lesson/unit.
  • become familiar with rotation as a good blended learning strategy.
Activity Handouts/resources

Blended Learning Opening Activity: Introduction to blended learning

1) Facilitator shows a short video describing blended learning.

2) Teachers discuss the positive and negatives of blended learning.

Edutopia Blended Learning video

Activity: Model of rotation using Digital Citizenship as content focus: Digital Footprint Lesson from Common Sense Media

Rotation experience: digital citizenship is the topic.

Model:  Whole group instructions by a teacher, making sure deliverables are clear and concrete.  3 rotations of 15 minutes each, debrief of session.  

Power of Words Video

The Power of Words PDF of Lessons


Common Sense Media Scope and Sequence

Activity: Convert a lesson you currently teach to a blended learning rotation model lesson.  Convert your lesson to a 3 station rotation

Rotation experience:

  • Direct instruction: what would you use, say, show?

  • Technology: Have students critique a video? Evaluate a web site or two? Fill out a form online, or work on a Google doc together?

  • Hands-on: Making something?  Write a summary of a reading selection using close reading strategies? Make a comic strip?

Teacher Planning- Work on making one lesson into a blended learning lesson.

Reflection: Session evaluation: Emphasize reciprocity of/interdependence of classroom use and home use.  If not textbooks then going paperless.  


Next steps:

  • Teachers create/revise a few lessons with the rotation map included
    Teachers present the lesson and reflect on its success
    Teachers continue using a rotation method for differentiation and student-engaged learning.


Follow-up suggestions:

  • Coaches continue conversations about blended and flipped classroom, providing implementation models.
    PD regarding other tools for screencasting.
    PD or other methods of providing resources for blended learning and flipped classroom.


Resource http://www.dreambox.com/blog/6-models-blended-learning

Next Meeting:  March 3 Module 7: Digital Citizenship

Module 6: Alternative Instructional Strategies



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