We began with a strict station rotation because it was most similar to the "centers" philosophy that many elementary teachers are familiar with already. We quickly realized that "one size fits all" didn't match our philosophy, so we added a flex element to create more of a continuum of blended options.
The digital resources have proven to be our most challenging element. We ultimately had to move to a new LMS to course correct.
Identify your core practices, and pilot with willing participants first. Nothing that you think is obvious about blended learning will be apparent to everyone. Be overly explicit, seek feedback, and don't be afraid to start over.
Confronting our "brutal facts" allowed us the freedom to think differently about how we provide elementary education. We've excelled at piloting core principles and practices of our philosophy in order to help transition to scale more smoothly.
Canyon Lake is a Title I PK-5 elementary school with an enrollment of approximately 435 students.
Contact: David Swank
Contact Title: Prinicipal
Canyon Lake Elementary School
1500 Evergreen Dr.
Rapid City, South Dakota