See how TeachingBooks is used in educational spaces! Written by the TeachingBooks professional development team and guests, these posts are designed to offer ideas for using the resources and tools on TeachingBooks.
TeachingBooks and the Blended Learning, Technology-Rich Environment (Part 1)
Student Choice and Teacher-led Instruction
Enrich classroom engagement by infusing digital resources and student choice into lessons. A blended learning, technology-rich environment offers increased flexibility with differentiated instruction and virtual teaching. Use the resources on TeachingBooks to increase opportunities for student choice, support teacher-led instruction, and facilitate the integration of each into a blended learning, technology-rich environment.
Offer Student Choice
- Let readers decide how to preview a title with options like video book trailers, Meet-the-Author Recordings, book readings, and Google Preview.
- Provide vocabulary lists and Multi-Leveled Lessons for students to review and complete at their own pace.
- Support students in making their own independent reading choices with Reader’s Advisory.
- Encourage independent reading assignments in a format of their choice with examples like blog posts, reader’s theater scripts, and annotations.
For Example You Might…
- Have students review the vocabulary list for Darius the Great is Not Okay, then create their own vocabulary list for an independent reading book with words they learned or looked up.
- Create Multi-Leveled Lessons for their independent reading books that students can complete at their own pace. For example, these Level 2 and Level 4 lessons for Drawn Together.
Support Teacher-led Instruction
- Find book guides, activities, and lessons for the books your students are reading.
- Design a lesson to compare voice, word choice, and text organization within author blog posts.
- Lead students to practice summarizing and analysis using book annotations as models.
- Distribute resources as best fits your classroom using sharing tools with options for Google Classroom, email, embed codes, printable QR codes, and more.
Stay tuned for our next blog post, “TeachingBooks and the Blended Learning, Technology-Rich Environment (Part 2): Blended Learning with TeachingBooks Resources,” where we will provide examples of blended learning units using the resources available on TeachingBooks.
What’s working for you?
How are you using TeachingBooks to create a blended learning, technology-rich environment? Leave your ideas in a comment below!