The significance of a routine continues to be acknowledged as an important factor in our daily lives. Regardless of age (child/adult/student/teacher) our internal clocks benefits with structure of routines. In the essential skills era (21st Century Learning) developing a routine to regularly accessing resources, discussions, assignments, assessments, collaboration, and feedback from a common digital sources such as an LMS (Learning Management System) is highly beneficial. Let’s take this time to simply breakdown some ideas
Collaboration and Discussion
There are so many resources advocating for direct and indirect communication and collaboration. See below of several common ways of implementing collaboration digitally in the classroom.
- Google Classroom Questions
- Seesaw Announcements or Activities
- ClassDojo Portfolios
- Nearpod Activities
- Flipgrid Activities
Save Time & Screencast
Changing the pace of instruction not only is a time saver but great for classroom engagement. It may seem out of your comfort level initially however screencasting to flip or blend learning will always free up a significant amount of time and provide students ownership self pacing their learning.
- Use a self paced lesson (Example: Nearpod provides this exact option)
- Screencast record instruction, lectures, lesson navigation, etc.
- Learn more about Screencasting in my past post
A great formative routine for the classroom is starting the day/period with a survey/form. It is up to you do determine the content and what you would like your students to share, reflect, and/or be assessed. Using something simple as a Google Form (Classroom has it built in already), Classroom Question (or discussion board) or any various Student Response Systems (Kahoot, Quizizz, Fipgrid, Nearpod, etc) will allow students to reflect and engage in a reflection of learning routine.
Whether you are doing any of the following or more a digital enhancement shakes up our daily routines while providing quality data for student or staff reflection.
- Question of the day
- Pre-Assessment and Post-Assessment
- Daily Challenge
- Weekly survey
- Student interest inventory
- Student-Led Discussion