Loading...

5 Search Results for instruction

Jan 8, 2017

Anonymous

5 answers

See All

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...

Jan 10, 2017

Sherre Vernon
Expert Advisor

1 answer

See All

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...

Jan 24, 2017

John Fiske

1 answer

See All

Clifford Maxwell, Jan 24, 2017
I see great use in SAMR as a starting point to identify how learning activities can be improved. However, I do believe SAMR to be limited in context of the larger aims of a successful blended (or digital) classroom. For example, something that would qualify as a "Redefinition" in the SAMR framework may be a highly enriching learning activity, but the overall instructional model in the classroom may not be redefining the use of time and space to personalize learning for students, grant student autonomy, give a teacher a chance to offer meaningful feedback, etc. I have visited schools that use the SAMR model as a tool to identify opportunities to enhance learning, but it needs to be accompanied with a clear vision for how you want the overall instructional model to change. Read more...

3 answers

See All

Thomas Arnett, Mar 10, 2017
You might find what your looking for at one of these sites:https://betterlesson.com/blended_learninghttps://www.canvas.net/browse/relay/ Read more...
Elise Hill, Mar 12, 2017
Hi Tracey,Are you looking for an online product or strategies on supporting teachers?If you're looking for products, I'd recommend looking into LMSs. Google Classroom is also a great, free product if your school uses Google Apps for Education. In terms of strategies for guiding teachers, I find it most helpful to model this (or other strategies) with teachers in PD. Let me know if I can help in any other way! Read more...
Stepan Mekhitarian, Ed.D., Expert Advisor, Mar 27, 2017
Some of our teachers use Google Classroom as the district has supplied accounts for all of our students. A small percentage of our schools piloted Schoology this year and we'll be adopting the LMS districtwide next year. It will integrate with our grading platform and parents will have access to check student progress online. Teachers can use lessons made using Google Apps but will need to hyperlink them from the Schoology class page. A support team is working hard to train schools on its use to make the transition as smooth as possible. It will be exciting to see how schools use the resource-sharing functionality of the LMS to share expertise and effective tools. Read more...

Jan 25, 2017

Stepan Mekhitarian, Ed.D.
Expert Advisor

3 answers

See All

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...

Resources

Want more? Our comprehensive collection of resources can help you build a blended learning program from the ground up.

Resources