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I think I'm finally, after 6 years of teaching, having an "ah-ha" moment that should really be an "oh, duh" moment! In working to use AFL more and more in my daily class activities, I have really been focusing on using technology to reinforce learning.

Yesterday in one of my Algebra I Part 2 classes, I had a student say, "Oh, this is totally making sense now." He wasn't using technology at the moment, but merely working out of a textbook while at one of my station activities. I loved it! Today in my Algebra I Part 1 class, I heard a girl say, "Oh, I'm getting it." She was using an online game to review solving multi-step inequalities. We had worked the two days prior on learning this material and today was a chance for me to watch each student individually work at their own pace to reinforce what had already be taught. It wasn't for a grade, but for me to see what I needed to do on Monday before their Tuesday test.

It isn't hard to use AFL - I bet you are already using it! And let me tell you how rewarding it is to see a student have that lightbulb moment after you have taught it and they are practicing their skill in your classroom. I rarely have a student say, "Oh, I'm getting it" or "Oh, this is totally making sense now" in the midst of my typical class lecture.

Use AFL and get the chance to watch your students have those "Ah-ha" moments!!!

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Comment by Jenn Shannon on February 22, 2017 at 11:41am

It is so funny to read this seven years later.  AFL is "the norm" in classes now.  

Comment by Scott Habeeb on February 21, 2017 at 4:55pm

Jenn - I just reread this post from several years ago.  Good stuff!

Comment by Diane Washenberger on November 22, 2010 at 12:31pm
Thanks for sharing what is happening in your classroom! Both you and your students are clearly benefiting from your inclusion of AFL in your instruction! Keep up the good work and encouraging others to modify their instructional practices to build a better and more productive learning environment for everyone!
Comment by Cat Mejia on November 22, 2010 at 12:05pm
That's great! I love light bulb moments!

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