Teachers in various classrooms chose their own model according to what they felt was right for their students and for their own comfort level. As more teachers have seen blended learning working well, more are working to adopt it in their own classrooms.
At the beginning, some teachers were using blended learning as a supplement to traditional learning. Now, more and more teachers are using blended learning consistently for regular classroom instruction.
Having all students be able to access the technology has been a challenge. Not all students have devices at home, and not all have WiFi. In school, because there are a limited number of Chromebook carts, some teachers have difficulty reserving them and being sure that they will be available.
Mindset shift has also been a hurdle with parents and staff members. Some parents mistakenly think that students are just sitting in front of a computer all day. Because of the gradual nature of blended learning adoption, though, parents have slowly come around.
Lastly, there are some very involved parents at Mission Vista who are very active in their children's lives. There has been parent education about making sure that students' work is really their own, and that parents should not do their work for them or be overly involved.
The more you can get blended learning growing organically from the ground up--as a solution to obstacles rather than a top-down directive--the more successful it will be.
Teachers have to understand the "why" behind blended learning. They have to see the change as an answer to something they’ve been struggling with. This may mean that blended learning looks different in every classroom and for every teacher, and that's OK.
1. Flipped classrooms
2. Teacher-led curriculum design, integrating blended learning into curriculum in meaningful ways
3. Specialized programs (e.g. graphic design and photography program)
4. Freshman seminar program that every freshman takes which uses blended learning in curriculum
Mission Vista High School is located in a suburban community approximately 25 miles north of San Diego and is part of the Vista Unified School District, which consists of three comprehensive high schools, an independent study program, and two continuation schools. As a school of choice, Mission Vista serves stakeholders from throughout the District boundaries, as well as some students who choose to attend the school on inter-district transfer agreements from neighboring communities. The school serves a community that has a wide range of social, cultural, ethnic, economic, and educational diversity.
Mission Vista High School is a public, comprehensive, dual-magnet high school; the school opened in 2009 and currently serves 1,693 students. MVHS operates on a “4x4" block schedule, in which students are enrolled in eight classes per school year. The year is split into two terms (Fall and Spring), and students take four classes per term. Every term-long class is the equivalent to a year-long class at schools operating on a traditional bell schedule.
Contact: Nicole Allard
Contact Title: Principal
Mission Vista High School
1234 Arcadia Ave.
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