Using the online classroom to create a cohesive lesson so that students get all of the benefits of a face to face classroom is not all that difficult, as it turns out, when using all of the panes in Jigsaw properly. Let me walk you through an example lesson... some might ask themselves: WWRD? What would Rita do? It's a great question! Let's take a look:)
Step 1: Start with review to link to prior knowledge
This lesson will go over the construction of commands in Spanish while using vocabulary dealing with the house. The assumption at this point in the curriculum would be that students have already been exposed to the vocabulary and have learned how to formulate informal commands. The beginning half of the lesson will help them recall that prior knowledge so that they will be able to link their new knowledge to it.
I would start the synchronous lesson by providing a link to the vocabulary so that students bring it to the forefront of their minds and are ready to use it as we continue.
The link provided takes the students to a Quizlet site where they can choose the manner in which they review. They can choose to simply look at flashcards with the English on one side, Spanish on the other, or they can play numerous games to quiz themselves on those meanings.
Step 2: Review grammar
After between 5-10 minutes (some of that time being before the class officially starts... to be early is to be on time), I would ask the students to come back together. Because they have already learned informal commands and I will ask them the understand them in spoken language in the next session, I would play a song (used as a mnemonic) so that they review the process of informal command conjugations.
If you are a Spanish teacher and you would like to use this resource, it is the hard work of another classroom (sadly, not my own) but they are posted on youtube, so feel free to use it! It's very entertaining for the students.
Step 3: Listening Activity
I would then allow students participate at a higher level by reading off some commands that I have prepared. I will use panes 3 and 4 for this. Well, pane 3 will do the front work for us by uploading the images and then I would copy them to pane 4. We will have an image of a house and an image of a cartoon woman. I will read my commands and students would take turns moving the mom to the appropriate room where she could complete the activity that I command her to do.
Pane 3 would contain the different images so that I could copy them to pane 4. There is a house here with all rooms showing and with furniture/appliances visible. There is also a woman.
Pane 4 would look like this when the images are copied to it from pane 3. I copy them to the whiteboard. The woman can easily be moved around on top of the house. She can be placed in any room! I would say something like "Limpia la estufa (clean the stove).
When a command is given, a student would place the woman in the correct room to complete the task. Do you see her? She is in the kitchen now (Está en la cocina).
Step 4: Learn new material
At this point, there has been a substantial amount of review, with both recall and production. Now it's time to learn something new! I then introduce negative informal commands and formal commands (since these forms use the same structure). Using pane 2 I go through a presentation, giving information to the students. Once I have presented the rules, we do a little guided practice within the presentation so that students can attempt to answer the questions, but in a risk free way so that they are assessing themselves. I open up for questions and encourage the "why" so that students can see how to follow the steps to get to formal commands. Finally, I give the students a short activity for them to do independently (a ticket out the "door"). When the students submit that to a dropbox created just for the lesson, I can assess the effectiveness of it and the understanding of the students!
Video of Fluid Lesson Using All Panes
JigsawU 104 Reflection
After using Adobe Connect for so long, like anything new that I didn't choose to try, I experienced resistance toward Jigsaw. After learning about the use of the different panes, watching the JigsawU videos, and attempting different ideas myself, I realize that Jigsaw causes me to be more intentional about the activities that I am using in the classroom during each class. I appreciate that the requirements for a badge included attempting to use each of the panes because it forces us as teachers to grow with what types of materials we are willing to try. Reflection is of utmost importance at all times as an educator and is the most common step to skip in what we do because we get caught up in just going through the motions. Completing these activities, especially the reflections, I see the benefits to each of the capabilities and appreciate the importance of employing so many different aspects to a synchronous chat. Just like in the classroom, we must practice all different abilities so that all learning preferences are touched and each student has the opportunity to grow. I think the reflection step is something I will add to my own weekly practice because as I branch out and try different things, reflecting helps me tweak what I am doing to be more effective at all times. My lesson as given had many different parts and the Jigsaw panes helped me decide what to add and what to leave out. I have learned a lot about the system during this process but also a lot about my own teaching practices as a result.