I use different models in different classes, based on what suited the students and their needs.
It takes a lot of time on the front end to develop and test systems that work. The process is very rewarding, but very time consuming.
Developing these programs is a process, because it is the exact opposite of a 'one-size-fits-all' model.
I began doing blended and personalized learning without knowing about the concept: I was experimenting with ideas that I thought would engage students of all abilities and interest, and so now I find myself just learning about BPL while being in some ways a seasoned practitioner. It's an interesting dichotomy.
Located in Durham, North Carolina, Riverside High School serves over 1700 students from different backgrounds. As part of a partnership with Digilearn, some classes at Riverside High School have been designated Learning Labs, where teachers can see experiments with blended and personalized learning in the classroom. The goal of these labs, which target students of all demographic groups and socio-economic classes, is to create culturally responsible learning environments where students feel engaged and empowered. The program began in fall of 2018, so the learning labs initiative is a work in progress, but the goal is to provide teachers with the tools and experiences to see what their students can accomplish given the proper support and resources. More information about the learning labs model can be found at https://digitalscholarsofdurham.weebly.com/.
Riverside High School
Durham, North Carolina
27712 United States