Students get the Asus Notebook computers and follow these steps to locate the teaching video for their lesson.
So blended math is looking better! Up to this point I have been spending my entire plan time, which falls right before math, setting up for blended math. I was logging computers onto Vimeo where all my videos are housed. I was making sure all students were assigned to the correct lessons and making sure they had all the needed materials ready.
Then I thought... hey, why am I doing all this work when my second graders are capable of getting themselves ready for math. So I reviewed how to login to our class page, onto Vimeo, and where to find all the classroom math materials.
My class walked into the classroom from Gym. I said, "Okay, you know what lesson you are ready for, you know how to find the videos and the math materials. So, decide with whom and where you would like to work and get started. They looked at me for a minute like a room full of deer in headlights. I'm pretty sure the speech bubbles above their heads would have read "Are you crazy?" or "What? Us? By ourselves?".
Then they all got up at once and started collecting what they needed, and gathering their math peeps. There was about five minutes of noise and what looked like chaos and then ... they got to work. These are the pictures from their first totally independent math session!
As we were cleaning up from math one of my students who struggles in math said, "I just love math!" Oh, be still my heart!!!!
Students using the video, math coins, and white boards in their lesson.
Sudents working together to learn using the video and white boards.