Administrators at Stuttgart chose the station rotation model because they liked the way students were required to get up and move in order to learn. They were wary of models where students seemed to have too much screen time and limited social interaction. They also saw a need to continue some amount of teacher-led classroom instruction, and station rotation seemed to be open to incorporating teacher-led instruction into the model.
Additionally, the school chose to implement one day of flex learning per week because students were falling behind, both according to standardized tests and observations of teachers. Flex was a way to include more personalized and competency-based instruction into the school day. School administrators also see flex days as opportunities to build non-cognitive soft skills, aside from content delivery.
In the coming years, the school hopes that all classrooms will use station rotation, and that there will be even more opportunities for real-world application of students' learning.
The biggest challenges encountered by Stuttgart Jr. High's blended learning implementation team has been changing the mindsets of teachers who may not be comfortable with changing the system they are accustomed to. There was some teacher turnover during the first year, and some teachers have been hesitant to adopt the model. Teacher leadership from teachers who were early adopters has been crucial to the success of the program.
Additionally, parent mindset has been difficult to shift, especially regarding the flex days. It was important, therefore, to hold meetings to inform parents about expectations and to teach them about how this model would serve their children.
Emerging blended learning programs should know that the transition is challenging, and teacher buy-in and support will be very important. In order to get and maintain teacher support, make sure that teachers are informed about all decisions and changes.
Also, plan for all possibilities beforehand. Prepare well in advance and do your research about the models.
Lastly, don't give up! You will run into problems. The Stuttgart Jr. High model is still not perfect, but administrators believe that this model of educating children will be a tremendous benefit to their students in the long run.
1. Stuttgart teachers demonstrate excellent leadership in learning about and adopting new methods of instruction. Stuttgart's guiding coalition is made up of teachers who educate other teachers about strategy and methodology.
2. Stuttgart Jr. High teachers collaborate extensively with the high school, which is also adopting the blended model.
Stuttgart Junior High School is a public school located in Stuttgart, Arkansas that serves 272 students in grades 7 and 8.
Contact: Amy Marek
Contact Title: Principal
Stuttgart Junior High School
2407 S. Buerkle
There are currently no past timeline events for this school.