I think we started blending without even realizing it. Our math department has been future focused and saw the direct benefit of individualized on-line learning for math. Lab rotations just made sense at the time. Over time we have seen the benefit of station rotations to better address student academic needs and provide smaller groups for instruction. We can see ourselves adopting Flex characteristics in the next 2-3 years.
creating student autonomy and managing student behavior in a self directed learning path. We overcame this by constant trial and error relying on strong collaborative efforts. Each curricular department will be unique in terms of implementation and the issues that will present.
Start with your superstar teachers who have community credibility first... resist the temptation to you use new or inexperienced teachers to initiate your blended learning initiative.
It is important to model blended learning for teachers so they can experience what you are trying to create. We create online Canvas modules on teaching pedagogy and deliver that quarterly to teachers.
Inherent in on-line learning is the capability for students to learn at their own rate. If a student demonstrates competency in a content area they should be advanced to the next grade level. We have executed a pathway in mathematics that is working for students and their families.
Located in Davis County Utah, Centerville Junior High provides educational services to 950 students in grades 7-9. The Community that supports CJH is considered suburban, stable and middle class. Test scores are consistently above State and District averages in the tested subject areas of Math, Language Arts and Science. Centerville's Principal initially piloted a lab rotation model for mathematics in 2012. Deemed to be a school success with high student growth scores, CJH is expanding blended learning pilots in Language Arts and Science. Centerville has received local and state recognition for its progressive reforms and involvement with the Utah Stem Action Center.
Centerville Junior High
84014 United States
In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.