“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally for Forgetting the Order of Operations”.
A line from
students‟ work in this example might go as follows, “This just in, there‟s a newly
discovered way to make all of your math equations work out just fine, you just have tofollow the Order of Operations. In reviewing this new law, our top researchers havefound that to make math problems work out, people must work out all of the problems
inside of their parentheses first.” For this activity students could also draw a picture if
they have extra time or come up with a subject appropriate pseudonym for their articles.After having written their short articles, students can be asked to use these to start areview conversation, to read or summarize their articles to neighbor in order for studentsto gather new information they may have forgotten, or simply be asked to turn these inas tickets out the door. (Resource: Teacher, Jaimee Rojas, High Tech High MiddleSchool, North County)
Journal EntryKathleen Bartolome
Students are able to answer a question that a teacher has posed on the board oroverhead at the beginning of the class. This allows the students to come in and alreadyknow what is expected from them without the teacher having to settle them down andthen transition into the activities for the day.
Journal Entry, ModifiedChelsea Nygaard
At the beginning of every class, the teacher posts four or five review questions from the
previous day‟s lesson, or from the whole unit. Students then have 5
-10 minutes toanswer them (good time for the teacher to finish any last-minute prep). When the time isup, students swap journals with a partner and go over the answers as a class. Thisworks well both as a refresher of important information, as well as a lead-in to what that
day‟s class will bring. (Content area classroom, EHS)
Just-in-Time TeachingEllen Armstrong
Prepares class for a beginning discussion of the topic at hand. Focuses on improvinglearning by the use of web-based assignments that are delivered before a classmeeting. The instructor can quickly gather information about student performance andunderstanding immediately prior to the class meeting so that the day's lesson can betailored to actual student needs. This type of activity meets several goals:
Creating a student-centered environment in the classroom
Improving faculty-student interaction (individually and in groups)
Improving content mastery (by rapid clarification of misconceptions)
Developing group interaction skills (through on-line group activity)
Encouraging students to monitor their own progress.