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Classroom Culture Considerations

Suggested Considerations for Classroom Culture with Technology:

  • In what ways do you ensure a consistent & clear start time for students to be engaged with the learning for the day?
  • How do you manage time in your lesson structure?
  • How do you routinely use signals to get student attention consistently?
  • How do you ensure that students can execute transitions between activities independently?
  • How do you ensure a shared understanding of your learning culture?
  • How do you monitor students as they work?
  • How do engage students to correct behavior that is off task?
  • How do you provide timely and positive feedback to students?
  • How do you ensure student accountability when completing a task?
  • How do you utilize student roles to increase student ownership of learning?
  • Where do you typically allow students to complete work in the classroom? Is this flexible?
     

Suggested Considerations for Classroom Culture with Technology including Examples:

  • In what ways do you ensure a consistent & clear start time for students to be engaged with the learning for the day?
    • For example: An entry task that has a structured 5-10 minute window to start the lesson.
  • How do you manage time in your lesson structure?
    • For example: Following a similar time frame for all lessons that incorporates all instructional components.
  • How do you routinely use signals to get student attention consistently?
    • For example: a count down, a bell, a set of chimes, a chant, etc.
  • How do you ensure that students can execute transitions between activities independently?
    • For example: Using a systematic (and predictable) method to get devices safely & quickly pulled out & plugged back in.
  • How do you ensure a shared understanding of your learning culture?
    • For example: Creating a class technology contract with teacher & student signatures before technology use begins.
  • How do you monitor students as they work?
    • For example: Walking or roving the room to check in with students as they work or having students’ screens face you while you work with a small group.
  • How do engage students to correct behavior that is off task?
    • For example: Positive & polite redirection of behavior towards agreed upon set of guidelines.
  • How do you provide timely and positive feedback to students?
    • For example: In the moment feedback or a turn around time for completed assignments that is less than 1 full day.
  • How do you ensure student accountability when completing a task?
    • For example: If students are completing work at a station then they should have a list of expected tasks to complete by the end of the rotation time.
  • How do you utilize student roles to increase student ownership of learning?
    • For example: One student per group is a assigned to pick up papers, headphones, equipment, etc.
  • Where do you typically allow students to complete work in the classroom? Is this flexible?
    • For example: Having workstations available around the room for all students to access: desks, table groups, the floor, etc.