Ideas and Resources for the Nontraditional Classroom: Tips for Making a Change

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5th - 12th
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Ashley, Jen, and Sara took part in teaching a nontraditional English class. In this guide you will find tips and tricks on how we navigated a nontraditional classroom. Our district encouraged us to think outside the box and try to implement PBL (project-based learning). For the duration of the year, our students were given A LOT of choice. However, we tried different ways of giving them choice and of structuring their projects.

In this guide, we’re sharing some of the things that worked for us and some resources. We’re also talking about what a schedule looked like and our goals and approach. We also have included design challenge examples that you can take and adapt to meet the needs of your students. We talk about how we did read aloud in class and which books we chose. Finally, we’ve included reference sheets about the programs and tools and resources that we found helpful while teaching.

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12 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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