West Oakland Module 6

Module 6 - Alternative Instructional Methods
March 10, 2015
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.

Objectives: Teachers will

  • become familiar with the concepts of blended learning.
  • become familiar with rotation as a good blended learning strategy.




Blended learning opening Activity: Introduction to blended learning

1) Blended Learning in Plain English -- describing blended learning.

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

Opening video “Blended Learning in Plain English”

Edutopia Blended Learning video

Start at 2:24 to 5:15

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

Model:  Whole group instructions by a teacher  making sure deliverables are clear and concrete.  3 rotations of 15 minutes each, debrief of session.  All students asked to reflect in a lesson summary.

Rotation directions:

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

  • Technology: Have students critique a video? Evaluate a web site or two?

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

Teacher Planning- Working with shoulder buddy to modify one lesson you currently teach.

Write on chart paper

for those of you who did not bring a lesson:
Math-7th grade Proportions
Choose one section to modify.

Science:  Choose one lesson as appropriate to your current content/level to modify.

English: See longer list in the resource section

Social Studies:See longer list in the resource section

Activity: Gallery Walk-- Questions, critiques on post-its.


Activity: Magic Moment  NewsELA   


Reflection: Session evaluation  Emphasize reciprocality 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 for other Blended Learning Models http://www.dreambox.com/blog/6-models-blended-learning

Exemplars of ELA and Math lessons that support core www.achievethecore.org


Resources for Social Studies and ELA


Teaching Tolerance: Perspectives for a Diverse America--Register; build lessons based on questions and primary

sources! http://perspectives.tolerance.org/

The Perspectives Integrated Learning Plan accompanies the Central Text Anthology and offers a wide variety of Common Core-aligned strategies and tasks for English Language Arts and literacy instruction across disciplines. The tasks and strategies within each phase allow for differentiated instruction by providing teachers choice and flexibility.

The Big Question Project   https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home

Big History Project Curricula: https://www.bighistoryproject.com/curricula https://www.bighistoryproject.com/chapters/4#human-evolution  8:07: “The first possible sign of tinkering and improvement of technology that may have been transmitted by social learning.”

Students can earn badges thru quizzes.  A blend of science and history. Sponsored by Bill Gates.  Targeted for high schoolstudents but good ideas that could be adapted to middle school.  With the right framing would be good for middle school students.

The MY HERO Project  www.myhero.com

            Teacher’s Room: Resources: Educator’s Guide2 (PDF) http://myhero.com/teachersroom/resources.asp

Teacher’s Room: Resources: Lesson Plans http://myhero.com/teachersroom/lessonplans.asp

Global SchoolNet  www.gsn.org

International CyberFair          http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsncf/

Doors to Diplomacy               http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsndoors 

Global Project Registry          http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnpr/

Read:Write:Think  Lesson Plans   http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/

National Council of the Social Studies  http://www.socialstudies.org/teacherslibrary

Smithsonian: Historyhttp://www.smithsonian.com/history/

Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/

National Endowment for the Humanities: EDSITEment  http://edsitement.neh.gov/subject/history-social-studies

National Council of the Teachers of English: Middle Level   http://www.ncte.org/middle

Share My Lesson: Middle School http://www.sharemylesson.com/middle-school-teaching-resources/


Module 6: Using Technology to Support Blended Learning 

Next Meeting:  May 20  Daily Activities and CELEBRATION ! 


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