Explore: Students discover a concept through instructor-led activities
Learn & Practice: Students apply what they’ve learned by working on the computer
Reflect: Students review what they’ve learned through activities or discussions
Reinforce: Students apply what they’ve learned in hands-on projects
Any teacher can apply the four phases of education to their existing technology lessons.
To include the Explore phase, add hands-on activities or a lecture to introduce key concepts before students work on the computer.
For the Learn & Practice phase, have your students work independently to complete tasks on the computer. In this phase, you can also include formative assessments to measure how well they are learning.
To incorporate the Reflect phase, create critical thinking questions for students to answer in their class journal. You could also hold a class discussion for students to ask questions and share their thoughts.
For the Reinforce phase, students can complete hands-on activities or projects. Depending on your lesson’s topics, students will need to have access to the computer to do this work.
Overall, incorporating the four phases as part of your teaching strategy will help you easily avoid heavy use of computers in your classroom.
An added bonus is that it will inherently lead to a blended teaching style, which is an easy way to differentiate your lessons and keep students engaged!
What’s Next for Your Middle School Technology Classes?
Now that you’ve learned the three biggest mistakes for middle school technology teachers and a few ideas for avoiding them, what’s next?
If you’ve been teaching for a few years, you can make a few adjustments to give your students the best education possible.
But if you’re a brand new middle school technology teacher, you probably have a whole new list of questions and concerns!
Luckily, there are four specific steps we’ve found help new middle school computer teachers have the most success.
Click below to learn those four steps to start teaching a middle school technology class today!