Vignette #1

Miss. Smith teaches Kindergarten. Her students are excited to learn each day. They start their morning off by the morning routine that consists of the daily message, singing, sharing, and preparing for the day. After, they transition in to centers for ELA. Students are grouped based on their reading levels. Some students go to the kindergarten classroom next door, others stay in the classroom. Kindergarteners from the other classroom join them for the learning block. Students are organized in groups in the classroom based on their levels. They rotate through four different centers and the centers vary by day. Generally, the centers are direct instruction from the teacher, small group learning with a para educator, individual learning at their desks and technology rotation. The technology rotation and individual learning tend to vary based on the day. Sometimes, students learn using various reading apps. Other times, they use SeeSaw to demonstrate their learning or to complete an assessment. They rotate through centers based on a timer.

Miss Smith does an excellent job integrating a variety of technology tools in various ways. She integrates tools in to her lessons and incorporates them in her projects. Students often learn in a theme-based model focusing on creating individual or collaborative projects. A favorite project with the students is their dinosaurs unit. They read about dinosaurs, draw dinosaurs, created a large collaborative dinosaur model, created stop-motion animated videos of dinosaurs and their habitats, and created their own presentations to share with their friends and parents. The students love learning with their hands!

Vignette #2

Tyler loves going to math class each day!  Upon arriving in Mr. Townsley’s class, he logs on to his Chromebook using his school-issued Google account.  His teacher has a personalized and motivating message ready for each student within Google Classroom.  Tyler and his classmates appreciate sitting in the café style seating and are even allowed to bring snacks to Mr. Townsley’s classroom.  After each student chooses where to sit and has logged on to their Chromebook, they click through to their math instruction videos and tutorials for the day. Depending upon the student’s interest, they chose Khan Academy or iXL to start the school year.  Every Friday, students are allowed to take the Chromebooks home so they can continue working on their math over the weekend, if they do not have access to a device at home.

Today, Tyler puts on his headphones, turns up his favorite Spotify channel and gets to work learning math!  Throughout the class period, Mr. Townsley wanders around the room waiting for students to raise their hand asking for assistance.  He is hesitant to interrupt their learning (after all, he wants them to self-discover the math concepts and learn multiple algorithms on their own), although from time to time, he takes half of a class period to show the whole class an engaging TEDx talk about STEM, growth mindset or grit.  Following the completion of 18 weeks in Mr. Townsley’s class, Tyler may receive credit for one or more math courses, depending upon his progress in the online videos or tutorials.