One of the most common questions, we get while coaching teachers how to implement blended learning into the classroom, is "How do you get students to turn in their work?" There is no magic wand that will get students to turn in work in a traditional classroom or a blended learning environment. However, we have found a couple of ways that gets 90%+ turn in rate.
This blog post will go over the following items to help keep track of student work as well as help to grade work faster.
A student checklist is generated by the teacher. The checklist contains items the students must complete within a given amount of time. Some teachers give a checklist for the day, the week, and even for a particular unit. We have found that teachers tend to revise their checklist multiple times before it fits perfectly into the different blended learning phases. The following tabs will showcase a Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 samples of checklist.
Note: these checklist were generated by the teachers we coach. The school information, teacher names are located at the bottom of each checklist.
Phase 1 blended learning checklist are normally handed out to students on a daily basis. We coach the teachers into developing a checklist early in the implementation stages of blended learning so that way the students get a costumed to using the checklist.
Phase 1 looks like the following:
The following is an example of a Phase 1 daily checklist. Even if a timer is being used, it is important to start to train the students how to fill out the checklist so when the timer is removed, students understand the concept of the checklist.
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Phase 2 transitions away from all of the students moving through the same activities from Phase 1 to allowing the students to move at his/her own pace through differentiated activities. The students are given the choice in place to learn by themselves, in a small group, with the teacher, online and offline.
The below checklist showcase content delivered in within a weekly timeframe. What you might not see is the fact that activities are differentiated based on the data collected from teacher formative/summative assessments and digital content.
Both Pataskala and Etna Elementary Schools are a part of the Southwest Licking School District, which is located outside of Columbus, Ohio. Both schools have teachers that are striving towards developing Phase 2 and Phase 3 learning environments. Fill out the following for to plan a school visit to see these amazing blended learning educators in action.
Phase 3 Overview: Students are working through the content at his/her own pace, place, and path. Project Based Learning and 20% projects become part of the checklist. Also, note that the students have the ability to test out of different topics in Phase 3. Therefore, a group of students can be in chapter 3 while an other group could be in Chapter 4.
This is a unit checklist in a Phase 3 learning environment in Honors Geometry class. Students were given the checklist at the beginning of the unit. The checklist included
The above checklists were generated by C. Fisher from Mentor High School. Fill out the below form to schedule a school visit to Mentor High School to see other fantastic educators implementing blended and project based learning.
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