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Jan 8, 2017

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Kenneth Grover, Expert Advisor, Jan 13, 2017
Focus on the core belief about student learning and then incorporate multiple instructional practices as needed to support personalized learning. Read more...
Kevin Wenzel, Expert Advisor, Jan 14, 2017
In a more formal way, we provided our district's teacher evaluation team(s) with a set of blended learning look-fors for each of our instructional practice standards they observe. This allowed for teachers to try innovative practices in blended learning, while still grounding their instruction in existing evaluative frameworks. Read more...
Thomas Arnett, Jan 15, 2017
From my experience, the key is to focus on best instructional practices and then determine from there which aspects of personalized learning will help in implementing those practices. Read more...
Rebekah Kim, Expert Advisor, Mar 13, 2017
At our school, we found the best examples based on research, site visits and successful practices happening in our very own classrooms. These examples were synced with our Teacher Instructional Framework (evaluation) to align our observed best practices with the components of the existing framework. The benefits of this showed a direct alignment to practices already happening and how they could be enhanced implementing a blended learning instructional model. This process helped with gaining buy-in. Read more...
Michael Fauteux, Expert Advisor, Mar 17, 2017
To take a different perspective, one thing to consider when aligning best practices to personalized learning is how some best instructional practices are not necessarily enhanced, or are outright undermined, with well-intentioned blended and personalized learning.For example, if developing student academic discourse is a focus for a teacher or school, one needs to think carefully about whether or not certain blended and personalized approaches help or hinder the practice. Often times the individual pacing and broad choice provided via technology results in rooms of students plugged into head phones not speaking with each other. Carefully planning ways to preserve academic discourse with specific tasks and structures are necessary to guard against this. An additional challenge to depth of learning comes with students moving at their own pace. For any topic, there is often a minimum number of students necessary to produce a rich range of approaches, understandings, and misunderstandings. Teachers draw upon this variety to expertly push thinking and help students add depth to their learning. Students moving at their own pace are often on different topics, potentially limiting access to the different approaches and understandings students see from their peers.In other words, sometimes the best way to align best instructional practices with personalized learning is either to refrain from blending or personalizing them or by thinking carefully how to protect them by balancing what makes them effective with other benefits from personalized initiatives. Read more...

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Paul Murray, Jan 23, 2017
A few keys for success here are...Lead by exampleProve valueStart smallCreate a safe environment for innovationThose who lead by example have a greater chance of affecting change. It's one thing to tell a teacher about a tool or instructional method, it's another to see it in action. So many educational theories and practices exist or are recirculated over and over, change can be difficult. However, if you can prove the value of a new practice, teachers begin to listen. Additionally, help your teachers start small. For many, developing their technology skills is a challenge and they have to learn that doing so is a process. Changing your instructional practices can be scary, especially if you fear that taking a risk will cost you points on an evaluation. Setting up a safe environment for risk and failure is important.I hope that you find a few of these quick thoughts useful as you begin to work with your colleagues. Good Luck! Read more...
Rebekah Kim, Expert Advisor, Mar 13, 2017
Bring teacher leader experiences and successes to the staff. Develop a leadership team to be key implementers and pioneers. Make them curious and want to get on board with you! Read more...
Michael Weinraub, Expert Advisor, Mar 27, 2017
The answer to this, like many things in life is simple. Coffee. Only partly joking. Invite them to take their coffee break in your room while your students are engaged in some aspect of blended learning. There is nothing as powerful as getting a live, ground-level view of kids and their teachers working it out in a classroom setting. So while they sip their hot coffee sitting at your desk, or chatting with students at work throughout the classroom, they get a low-stakes, authentic way to see what all the fuss is about. Read more...

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Clifford Maxwell, Feb 7, 2017
For some video training and PD, I would definitely check out resources at BetterLesson - you may find helpful insights from teachers who have created blended lesson plans for a variety of standards. Additionally, there is a treasure trove of content for specific teacher practices from The Learning Accelerator at their Practices at Work tool. Read more...

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ryan piper, Mar 6, 2017
Teachers do not necessarily need a new set of skills to be successful in blended learning, but they will need a new mindset on what their role in the classroom is. I find myself spending way less time in front of the class, and way more time working with individual or small groups of students. The blended approach gives the students an opportunity to learn from other sources besides me: videos, interactive lessons, other students, etc. It gives a tremendous opportunity to those students who need additional teacher support. One that was not available with traditional teaching as the teacher would either drag students who were not ready along, or make students who have already mastered the standard repeat it a second day. Read more...

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