Lovonya DeJean Module 6

March 25, 2015 - DeJean Middle School
Module 6 - Alternative Instructional Methods
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.

Objectives: Teachers will

  • become familiar with the concepts of blended learning 
  • practice using technology to for a blended lesson/unit.
  • become familiar with rotation as a good blended learning strategy.




Blended learning opening Activity: Introduction to blended learning

1) Short video describing blended learning.

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

Opening video “Blended Learning in Plain English”


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


Rotation experience: digital citizenship is the topic.

  • Direct instruction: scenario from Common Sense (host choices);

  • Technology: Abbas videos (with guided watching questions)

  • Hands-on: making your digital footprint




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


All teachers asked to reflect with one teacher selected to orally present.


Digital Citizenship--Redux  Digital Footprint

Abbas video

Common Sense Media Lesson Plan focused on Digital Footprint


ACTIVITY: Modify one of your own lessons to reflect a "rotation" model


Teacher Planning- Working with shoulder buddy to modify one lesson you currently teach  Write it out Chart paper Gallery walk with chart paper.  Concept: three instructional methods: hands-on; technology;  small group instruction


Activity: Magic Moment  NewsELA   



Reflection: Session evaluation.


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.
Next Meeting:

 May 13 Topic-Daily Activities


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


Presentation slides:

Module 6: Using Technology to Support Blended Learning



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