I chose to employ a flexible approach because this model best reflects the needs of the students in our district. Students have a voice in determining pace and place allowing each learner to collaborate with the instructor in order to decide which tasks are most appropriate for independent refinement and those activities that require teacher assistance/ direct instruction.
When I first integrated this approach, students were not yet 1:1 with devices forcing me to maintain greater flexibility and creativity in the design and implementation of activities to go beyond technology.
Encouraging educators to recognize the power in starting small and developing an approach that best reflects the needs of individual learners is most important. The most purposeful programs are the ones that are developed overtime, and are forever evolving.
As a facilitator of skill-based interactive activities, I demonstrate leadership in redefining roles within the classroom to encourage greater student independence and articulation of growth and development. I have presented at workshops at both the district and state level to model best practices for the integration of blended strategies across disciplines and grade areas.
The mission of Halsted Middle School is to prepare our students for a competitive future by creating and maintaining an environment that ensures all students are intellectually active and experience a high level of academic achievement as measured by local and statewide assessments. Students’ individual performance and growth will be measured and a comprehensive system of support will be used to ensure that all learning objectives are met.
Moreover, we will provide a positive school learning environment which fosters confidence and independence in a safe and secure atmosphere. Intervention systems will be positioned to ensure that we are meeting our students’ physical, emotional, and social needs through a variety of measures.
Contact: Kristi Greene
Halsted Middle School
Newton, New Jersey
7860 United States
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