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Model Overview

Program Overview

2013
Year Launched
4 - 5
Blended Grades
537
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


This model came very naturally to our school. I don’t think we ever called it blended learning in its formative years; that’s just the way it was. Fifteen years ago the workshop model was really big, and as time passed we discovered that technology could enhance this model. Teachers play a driving role in the way we use technology at Hampden Meadows. They talk to one another and find ways to share their work using technology. I have found that many teachers create Google Slides with their lessons laid out on them—essential question, objectives, mini lesson, practice, etc. During their weekly planning time, teachers will share these with one another. It’s the sharing and the common planning time that allows our teachers to grow in their implementation of blended learning. The same goes for our Makerspace and our work around design thinking. Teachers teach one another about work completed in the Makerspace, or students teach teachers. We call this Lunch & Learn, where a group of students eats lunch in the Makerspace and participates in a discussion surrounding a new concept. Then those students return to their classes and teach their teachers and classmates about the concept. It is this culture of collaboration and community learning that powers our blended program.

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


Our biggest challenge in implementing blended learning has been equity. I wanted to make sure that everyone was using the Chromebooks, and not just as an old-fashioned typewriter. How could we use them so that all students would grow and increase their achievement? Some of our teachers are twenty-one or twenty-two years old, and some of our teachers are sixty-one or sixty-two years old. It is about the respectful exchange of knowledge. Some teachers are sharing classroom management practices, while others are sharing their knowledge of how to mobilize technology in the classroom. Administrators try to use and model digital integration as much as we can in professional development meetings—using Kahoot! or putting all of the information on Google Slides so staff do not need to take notes. We did some silly things with memes, and teachers said that they could use that. We’re finding that everyone is increasingly enjoying technology integration.

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


Emerging programs have to take the first step toward blended learning, and then take it slow and plan. It is about experimentation. Perhaps ask multiple staff members to try out a method over the course of a week. At the end of the week, staff members should have time conference on what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to be changed. It is important to provide teachers with the time to talk practice through with each other. There has to be a norm that teachers are going to put aside competition and learn from each other’s successes. High quality communication and collaboration are essential for piloting a blended program.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

School Overview

Hampden Meadows Elementary School serves the fourth and fifth grade students of Barrington, RI. At Hampden Meadows, students join a warm, caring school community to engage in personalized, twenty first century learning experiences. Hampden Meadows recently added a Makerspace, where students use design thinking to create, collaborate, problem solve, and engage in real-world learning. Additionally, students enjoy a 1:1 Chromebook initiative, where they participate in Station Rotation and Individual Rotation manifestations of blended learning throughout the learning day.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

8

out of 10

School Contact

Address:
Hampden Meadows Elementary School
Barrington, Rhode Island
2806 United States

Telephone: (401)-247-3166

Hampden Meadows Elementary School's Website

Demographics

525
Total Students
6%
FRL
1%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2016

Blended Program Launched 2013