Archive for the ‘Innovations in Teaching’ Category

    Teachers are managers—so let’s give them the tools to manage

    January 24, 2017 | by Julia Freeland

    Good management is hard. Typically, employees grow into manager roles over time. In most industries, employees must first prove themselves effective at their own job; then, they may take on some administrative duties; and only much later do leaders oversee large groups of employees and become responsible for motivating, training, and retaining them. But two […]

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    Teaching may change, but students are at center

    July 27, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    In this post, I share an excerpt from a recent interview with Chris Walter, a blended-learning math and science teacher at Innovations Early College High School in the Salt Lake City School District in Utah. Innovations operates a Flex model of blended learning in which students access all the assignments and learning resources for most […]

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    Does blended learning spell the end of homework?

    May 27, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    As the disruption of monolithic teacher-led instruction continues to occur, there may be another educational practice that is being transformed along with it, especially for younger students: homework. Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of […]

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    Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

    March 31, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Although conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Many blended-learning technologies and content platforms provide teachers with new communication tools to […]

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    Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

    February 25, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, […]

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    Does blended learning allow teachers to use their time more effectively?

    February 11, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Blended learning has the potential to transform how teachers use their time. As one blended-learning teacher recently said in a phone interview we conducted: “Blended learning … requires a lot of hard work, effort, and dedication during and outside of school hours. However, the reward is great. … I can accomplish more in one class […]

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