Good Sunday afternoon. Many students, teachers, and administrators will return to school tomorrow for the new year. Returning to school after an extended break can be difficult for students and even adults. It is a good time to revisit routines and rituals that make classrooms run smoothly. It is also a good time for creating or tweaking routines and rituals. If your school is a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) school then you have probably established routines and rituals for the entire school day. P.B.I.S. is a an evidence based practice approach in assisting schools in adopting and organizing behavioral interventions that enhance academic and social outcomes for all students (U.S. Department of Education, 2013). My school district has adopted P.B.I.S. and the blended learning fraction unit incorporates the P.B.I.S. approach.
This is a new experience for this group of 3rd grade students. They have never used iPads in the classroom or used the Promethean Board as a center. In order for this unit to be successful, students must understand and practice the expectations at each center prior to learning new content. Hattie (2009) states that effect on achievement from well managed classrooms was d = 0.52. Effects over d = 0.40 are worth exploring and trying out in the classroom setting because of their positive results from the meta-anaylsis (Hattie, 2009). One of most effective classroom management strategies is the teacher to verbally or nonverbally indicate to students that behavior is appropriate or inappropriate (Hattie, 2009). Using Hattie’s research and P.B.I.S. approach, I have designed a set of expectations for teacher, Promethean Board, and iPad centers.
I will be introducing the unit to the students by discussing how the unit is going to be run and establishing the expectations. Students are going to be placed into their groups and will experience each station prior to actually starting the unit. While students will still be doing math related activities at each station, the focus will be on practicing the station. We will practice the stations twice next week and then start the unit the following week.
If you are following my blog, I will provide an update after the first practice session on Wednesday.
Feedback and comments are welcomed.
Hattie, J.A.(2009). Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. Routledge, NY.
U.S. Department of Education. Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. Retrieved from www.http://www.pbis.org.