In this episode, #digitalAPS: Exploring Instructional Frontiers visits Swanson Middle School to highlight a co-taught sixth grade English/reading lesson. During the lesson, students began drafting narrative non-fiction stories using transition words and phrases to combine ideas or move a story forward (a second quarter SOL standard).
The lesson was transformed with the use of technology. Students “visited” several virtual stations to review types of transition. Using QR codes, students scanned the code and watched short video examples of transition words. These short flipped lessons allowed for differentiation. Rather than standing at the front of the room reviewing the whole lesson with all students, the two teachers were able to work with individual students as they processed the information at their own pace.
Using iPads, students were able to move through the instruction and writing process at their own pace. The lesson was conducted over a couple of days allowing teachers to check drafts in the Google classroom and work with students the next day on points of misunderstanding or places for extension.
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