In Edtech 513 I have learned about principles to apply to more effective and streamlined lesson plan design for my classroom. This semester, I have also taken Edtech 523 in which I have had to create a program to implement in my classroom. I have combined what I have learned from both of these classes into a blended, reading intervention for my 7th grade students.
My approach has been targeted to readers that are several grade levels under 7th grade that are willing to participate in remediation. I have been able to get a small group of these students together to begin the reading intervention. Because students have various lunch periods, and needs, I have designed a blended learning course that they can access through Google Classrooms. My ultimate goal is that teachers will be willing to contribute to reading goals across grade level to help improve the reading culture and student comprehension in a community setting. I have created a start to a very big endeavour. I hope that from this beginning comes a lot of revision, input and willingness to implement further interventions that will benefit struggling readers in the junior high level.
Personally I would like to begin using Schoology. I felt limited in the applications of Google Classrooms, even though I was able to see how beneficial a blended intervention group could be. I think parents and students will feel more empowered with access to resources throughout the year. Although I don’t have a complete understanding of where I want to take 7th grade reading, I would love to start implementing a digital classroom as much as possible. I have several grants written at the moment to get Chromebooks into the classroom, so hopefully this will be more practical with additional access to technology.