We have implemented a blended model from the beginning. While our model hasn't changed, our access to variety of tools that suit our needs has certainly changed.
One challenge was helping parents understand how blended tools and classroom instruction work together to frame a child's learning experience. We spent quite a bit of time helping parents get access to digital tools, familiarize themselves with a child's learning plan, and provide ideas for parents to help their child at home.
Don't be afraid of trial and error. In a subscription based market, don't be afraid to ask for a demo, have a teacher try out a tool for a few months, and make recommendations accordingly. Not every tool works well for every grade level, content area or teacher. Be flexible and adaptable.
Often when we use the word blended learning in the industry, people assume or wonder if the role of the teacher is irrelevant. In our model, direct instruction happens every day for every student. Admittedly, this is not one teacher to 25 students in the assumed definition of direct instruction. Rather, it can be 1:1, a group of 6, etc. as teachers work to personalize needs for each student. They instruct directly to students about a skill, concept or idea, and then the students implement their learning in blended or digital practice.
KM Explore, a public K-5 charter school in the Kettle Moraine School District in Wisconsin, is founded on five pillars: Generative Curriculum, Place Based Learning, Multiage Learning, Collaborative Teaching, and Habits of Mind. These five pillars permeate every aspect of KM Explore, particularly the blended-learning program. Each KM Explore student has a personalized learning plan and a learner profile, which allows for mastery-based learning on a continuum in KM Explore classrooms. In this unique educational setting, students are engaged in learning a personalized, integrative curriculum without traditional boundaries. In 2015, Kettle Moraine School District was chosen to be a part of Digital Promise's League of Innovative Schools, due in large part to innovation at KM Explore.
Contact: Laura Dahm
KM Explore Charter School
219 N Oak Crest Dr