Week 3: Self-Paced Structures





Our goal this week is to explore systems for student self-pacing, and apply them in our own school context.


Lesson Classification




Break down your curriculum into Must Do, Should Do, and Aspire To Do categories. You can do this within a block of learning (for example, over a unit) OR you can do this within EACH lesson.

This model gives you the flexibility to decide what will work best for your subject area, grade level, and learners.

Lesson Classification Examples


Pacing Trackers


There are two options for progress trackers:

  1. Public: Display student progress to foster authentic and efficient collaboration.

  2. Individual: Help students track their own pace.


Decide what type of tracker you will use for your class - we've included some examples here for inspiration and there are lots of great templates that you can grab from the Modern Classrooms FREE course. Keep in mind that you can also choose a mix of both public and individual trackers if that works for you!


Above all else, remember these key ideas when setting up your trackers:

  • Show clearly what students should do.

  • Display progress, not grades.

  • Update regularly.

  • Celebrate effort and growth!




Pacing Tracker Examples


Discussion


Question 1:

How do we determine what unit material is truly essential, and what is aspirational?


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Question 2:

What challenges and opportunities does public progress tracking create?


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Question 3:

How will we encourage collaboration in our own Self-Paced Classrooms?


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Question 4:

What are the most effective ways of motivating students?


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Other Useful Resources



Getting Ready for Week 4


Must Do

Complete the "Teaching and Grading for Mastery" module of the online course.


Should Do

Push students to collaborate in as many ways as possible.

Design a pacing tracker, and start using it to track student progress.

Aspire to Do

Begin assessing your students for mastery, following the “Teaching and Grading for Mastery” module of the online course.