For this week’s blog post I have chosen to focus on the SAMR model for engaging learners. I like how it is closely related to Bloom’s Taxonomy, a method that I have utilized throughout my college education as well as my teaching career. It is my goal to use the SAMR method to enhance and differentiate the current instruction being done in my classroom, mainly in regard to our reading program.
As a target point, I will be aiming for the top level of instruction, Redefinition, whenever possible, since this is the highest piece of the Transformation portion of the model. In all reality, however, most of the instruction and design will probably fall into the Modification realm with the occasional visit to the Redefinition section. I plan to use various websites and apps to redesign some of the tools my students currently utilize. I am also planning on creating some new tasks for them to focus on that will act as an enhancement for fluency, comprehension, and spelling skills.
One of the Redefinition activities I am looking most forward to implementing in my unit involves the website Flipgrid. I was in need of a way to monitor the progress of my students’ reading fluency and comprehension without having to sit with them individually, as our schedule does not allow for this type of assessment. With the help of Flipgrid, students will record themselves reading and summarizing our anthology passages and upload their videos to the website, which I will then be able to watch at my leisure and assess their progress. In addition, I will be able to offer feedback, which only they will receive, to help them overcome some of the difficulties they have been having with reading fluency and comprehension.
Two Modification activities I am going to use on an ongoing basis are the websites Spelling City and Quizlet. These will both be used as a new method and will replace the spelling and grammar packets I had previously employed. I chose to make this drastic change because the scores on the first few spelling tests were extremely low, even in the higher level students. I am hoping this new approach will motivate students to put more time and effort into learning the spelling words, therefore, raising the test scores.
Some other resources I found in regard to the SAMR model include the Google based website Technology is Learning https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model and the website Emerging Ed Tech https://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/04/examples-of-transforming-lessons-through-samr/. Both include ideas to help teachers modify or change their current lesson plans to fit the SAMR method. In addition, they offer other websites that can be used references for taking the process one step further.