In this list you will find the teaching strategies I believe in and implement.
In a flipped classroom model students received their direct instruction during their homework or independent time. Students are assigned videos or lessons for homework. In class time is then used for practice and group work.
Inquiry based instruction
In an inquiry based model the instructor is more of a guide than a source of information. I challenge my students to find answers on their own by providing guiding questions. I believe in teaching students to fish so they are successful once they leave my classroom.
Standards based grading
Standards based grading involves assessing and giving grades to students based on content knowledge only. Students do not receive extra credit for tasks not in alignment with the learning objective. Students are assessed often and may more in their proficiency throughout the class.
Before every standard or unit students will take a pre-assessment to demonstrate any prior knowledge or understanding. Students will also have an opportunity to see what will be required of them come the end of the standard.
At the beginning of every unit or standard students will be setting goals for themselves. Through out the unit students will refer back to these goals to remind them what they set out to accomplish.
I believe two heads are better than one. I regularly collaborate with the other instructors in my course alike to come up with joint assignments or projects. We work together to come up with working strategies to best serve our combined groups of students.
Social Emotional Learning
Our class will not always be 100% about math. We will also do activities to foster students social and emotional intelligence.
Through out the class students will be reminded that their abilities can grow. Students do not have a fixed brain capacity. Students will do reflections and activities to remind them that just because things may be hard does not mean they are not capable of accomplishing them.
Complex instruction involves teaching through group work. Students each have a particular role in their group and all roles are required to finish tasks. This promotes students to rely on each other and makes everything collaborative.
At the end of a standard or unit students are given an opportunity to demonstrate how much content knowledge they have. This assessment can be in the form of a project or traditional exam. Students will be demonstrating knowledge across the entire unit on their summative assessment.
Project Based Learning
Project based learning gets away from the traditional right and wrong assessments. Students demonstrate all their knowledge for a given standard with the use of a project. These projects can either be individual or group.
Students will be assessed often in class however this does not mean they will be taking long exams all the time. Every class students will be quizzed or assessed in small ways to make sure they are on track to hit the learning target. If they are not I will alter the instruction.