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Model Overview

Program Overview

2013
Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades
1,100
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


Like most schools in Horry County Schools, Myrtle Beach Middle School initially used a Station Rotation model. But as teachers became more experienced in blended learning, they came to understand that the flexibility of an Individual Rotation model would better suit the diverse needs of their students. 'In the beginning, we thought in terms of time' how many days per week are we going to do blended learning?" Myrtle Beach Middle School Principal Janice Christy said. 'Now, we think in terms of the instructional cycle'when is the right time for teacher-directed, whole-group instruction, and when is the right time for individual or small group instruction based on student need?" When planning lessons, administrators and teachers also ask themselves whether online or traditional methods of instruction would be most effective. "Our model has changed, and will continue to change, as we become increasingly more sophisticated at using all of the tools at our disposal to move students along individual paths of learning,' Christy said.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


'Shifting an organization rooted in traditional "direct instruction' to "teacher-directed' instruction was a big challenge,' Christy said. Administrators overcame that challenge by organizing extensive professional development for teachers before classrooms were expected to shift to the new blended model. 'This gave people time to get their heads around the impending change.'

The school's administration also overcame the challenge by making their expectations for the blended-learning program clear. 'People weren't provided an option' everyone was expected to use the digital content to help students learn,' Christy said. She added that perseverance, encouraging professional flexibility, and soliciting and responding to feedback from teachers also have been critical to the success of Personalized Digital Learning at Myrtle Beach Middle School.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Schools should start planning their transition to blended learning early and preparing instructional and support staff well ahead of the actual implementation. "Develop clear expectations and provide really good professional development. Create buy-in, share success stories from other places so that people understand the potential positive outcomes on student learning," Christy said.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

School Overview

Myrtle Beach Middle School serves a diverse group of students of varying academic abilities in the small coastal city of Myrtle Beach, S.C. "When student learning needs are diverse, the instructional model must permit flexibility in scaffolding each student to master the rigor of a standards-based curriculum," said Janice Christy, the school's principal. "Blended Learning marries teacher-directed instruction with personalized learning, thus helping us meet the learning needs of our students."

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

5

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Janice Christy

Address:
Myrtle Beach Middle School
950 Seahawk Way
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29577
United States

Telephone: (843)-448-3932

Myrtle Beach Middle School's Website

Demographics

1,045
Total Students
68%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

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Blended Program Launched 2013