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5 Search Results for blendedlearning

Jan 5, 2017

Sam J. Brooks
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Sherre Vernon, Expert Advisor, Jan 9, 2017
Hello Sam,Thrive opened with the plan to provide personalized learning to all of our students, so we didn't have an internal shift of priorities. This intentional start, however, came from working in traditional school settings, seeing some students held back in their learning and others unable to catch up to their peers. We took a hard look at the fact that we've been doing school pretty much the same way since the onset of the industrial revolution, despite the fact that our students' needs have changed drastically. Personalized learning also lets us capitalize on student voice and choice. As we know as adults, the more agency we have over our experiences, the more likely we are to buy into them. We believe that the same goes for students. Sherre Read more...
Kenneth Grover, Expert Advisor, Jan 12, 2017
After soliciting feedback from our students, it was clear that our assumptions about the traditional industrialized model of education does not work. Our moral imperative to act became evident--so we did! Read more...
Mackey Pendergrast, Expert Advisor, Mar 14, 2017
There are a few different ways to answer this question. First, there has been a discussion in education circles for over two decades relative to differentiation so, in one sense, personalized learning is not a new topic. The difference, however, in 2017, is that we now have the tools to address the needs of each learner whether through standards or competencies. Adaptive diagnostics such as iReady, playlists with built-in formative assessments, dashboards where students can visualize progress and the immediacy of feedback possible through digital platforms are truly innovative features in education that make personalized learning reachable. We started by asking the question -- How DON"T we want our students to learn? And, of course, most parents or educators very quickly arrive at the conclusion that they want their children to feel a sense of ownership in their learning as well as to address their individual needs. To this end, thoughtful technology integration brings us closer to those goals. Additionally, the Morris School District is a very diverse student population with over one-third of our students on FRL and another third of our students in the upper socio-economic level. With such wide differences it made great sense for us to completely dive into this concept. Finally, we believe strongly in many traditional practices. Blended learning does not mean throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Yet, technology is not going away and we feel that it is difficult to make the case that students will be prepared for a good and useful life if they are not adept at "knowing how to know" when it comes to technology. Read more...
Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Mar 16, 2017
Thanks to everyone who provided comments to the question. This is great conversation and I enjoyed ready them. Sam Read more...

Jan 10, 2017

Sherre Vernon
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Kenneth Grover, Expert Advisor, Jan 12, 2017
There are many technology tools available to support personalized and blending learning. Our school uses multiple technology tools to support our personalized pedagogy. In working for over 10 years in this space, I have not found a single source to meet every need. Read more...

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Clifford Maxwell, Jan 23, 2017
I'm no teacher, but I have visited and talked with dozens of blended schools. I would say that while every blended-learning model is in play with writing instruction, many schools I have talked with employ some form of Station Rotation. This gives a teacher a chance to group students by ability and have adequate time to work in small groups throughout the class period. Depending on your student's access to technology, other schools utilize something more flexible during writing time. For example, the class may all be working with a tool like NoRedInk while teachers can work with students on as as-needed basis. Read more...

Jan 25, 2017

Stepan Mekhitarian, Ed.D.
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Christopher McNamara, Mar 5, 2017
I think there are a number of effective ways in which School administrators can support their teachers.1. Provide a clarity of purpose to the community. If you can get your community of parents on board with understanding why a blended approach is important for the School and their children then I think this gives teachers the confidence and space to develop their practice and try new approaches.2. Build a community of practice. At Melbourne Girls Grammar, we have implemented a blended learning paradigm in Year 9 and on a weekly basis we have drop in lunch meetings with the teachers. This gives them an opportunity to share ideas and strategies and tell each other what is working for them and what they are struggling with.3. The other things we do that we feel is supportive is we talk to our girls about their experiences. Our girls are great with letting us know what works and what doesn't. we collect this feedback formally and informally and we feed it back to the teachers so that they are affirmed or with action items that they can build into their practice to improve the experience of the girls. There are plenty of other strategies we use, but we have found these to be particularly positive and supportive. Read more...
Rebekah Kim, Expert Advisor, Mar 13, 2017
As a leader and leader I have a few words of advice to share: Advocate and seek support and resources from system leadership to develop your vision. Learn from other leaders who have been through the experience.Develop a leadership team with stakeholder voice. Learn with your leadership team. Try on small pieces to learn from successes and challenges before going to scale. Progress monitor, adjust, be okay with needed changes to programs and structures. Read more...
Andrew Frishman, Expert Advisor, Mar 15, 2017
I feel that direct experience is key. First step would be to visit some schools/classrooms with well established approaches and see what the experience feels like as a student. Then try teaching some of the lessons yourself (perhaps shadowing an existing teacher with relevant experience). Then (and only then) see about trying to implement it in a school where you are an administrator. This helps to follow the rule of "Don't ask anyone to do something that you wouldn't do (and/or haven't already done] yourself." 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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