Muir Module 6

March 22, 2016 - Muir Middle School
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.
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.

  • Direct instruction: Power of Words Video  and string exercise

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

Blended Learning Models

  • Jigsaw the 6 models in groups of six

  • 5 minutes to read

  • 5 minutes to explain to the rest of group


Flipping Out-A Strategy to Experiment With

  • Discuss with your a shoulder buddy what the biggest advantage/obstacle to flipping some lessons in your classroom.

  • Share out with the group

7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms


Khan Academy

Activity: Convert a lesson you currently teach to a blended learning 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.


Magic Moment - Seesaw

Studen Student Driven Digital Portfolios
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.




Module 6: Alternative Instructional Strategies



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