Sunday, September 16, 2012

TLAC - No Opt Out



Since I've moved to teaching the Computer Elective - things have been a little bit of a challenge.  I don't have to worry too much about hitting certain standards to improve test scores, I don't have to keep 700 million pencils on hand, I don't have too much of the paper run around.

However, things are very different.  How do you use a strategy, a proven strategy, in a computer elective where there isn't much of the overall questioning?

I've modifed No Opt Out with my students having to turn in assignments, like their warm ups.  When my students walk into my computer class, they have an online warm up scan that they must complete.  The answers are submitted electronically and then they are emailed to me.  (Note: as a classroom blogging software Edublogs are the way to go.  I've paid for the PRO account so I can add the Forms software.  That's how I'm able to use the online grade sheet.)


Their answers are emailed to me.  I have them automatically put in a separate file.


I love grading their papers this way - because I just scroll through all the responses and check their answers really quickly.  When/If they get all the warm up questions incorrect, I have them go back and re-do their work.


To me, they could very easily click A - A - A as their answers and it's just like an "I don't know"  Also, by checking them that day, in class... no one is allowed to "forget" to do their warm up.  They must get it done and that's how I sorted out my "No Opt Out" challenge.





5 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! I have also set up an edublogs account. I completely agree that it's the way to go for students, because you don't have to question the content/sidebar ads they might see with other blogs.

    Kandi
    readinginthemiddlerocks.blogspot.com

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  2. What are the warm ups that they do?

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  3. I love this idea! I've been doing something similar with edmodo! www.edmodo.com -- kids love it, because it lets them update their status and looks a lot like Facebook.

    Caitlin
    http://mrskinthemiddle.wordpress.com

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  4. I am loving this book! Technique two was a huge success for me this week-thanks again for bringing this book to my attention! Do you mind if I post your book study button on my page when I talk about it so that others can link back to you?

    -Luci

    Another Day in the Silver Mines

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  5. No Opt Out is one of my favorite strategies from Teach Like A Champion. I love how it gives all the kids a chance to be successful, even if it's on the second try!

    Nichole
    Craft of Teaching

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