Monday, April 1, 2013

Mini Workshops

I had a very productive talk with my principal last week about designing mini workshops for my students. I have a very interesting class that gets "lost" easily. They have made amazing progress, but use me as a crutch - so if I am not there they don't work.

The idea behind these mini workshops, at least as I understand it, is to teach just one concept at a time. So I will be introducing information to the students in steps. When they work they will only be working around one idea. The ideas will build on each other and we will end up in the same place as the other science classes at the end of the unit.

I really like this idea. I think it will help some of my students who lack confidence in their abilities. I also have a class with a lot of weak readers so focusing on one idea at a time will significantly decrease the amount of reading they will have to do at one time to access the material.

Another issue I am currently dealing with in my class is absenteeism. This was especially bad the week before Spring Break. Kids use being absent as an excuse not to do work (one of their many excuses for not doing work). Well, I don't have time to go back and reteach every time a person is absent. I have started using Edmodo to give quizzes so that students can take them from home if necessary. I have also started posting what we are doing in class every day and an alternate assignment for any students who are absent.

I have wrapped all of these ideas into my latest products. These are lessons that I am writing anyway for my own classes, but I was so excited I just had to share them. Everything you need to teach these very simple one idea lessons is included in the product. I even include a reading passage and question set for re-teaching students who don't pass the included assessments or for students who are absent and missed the workshop in class.

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