Using Blended Learning to Maximize Classroom Time
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Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?
We have been really busy this past month, busier than ever before, as we prepare for our launch after winter vacation. The week of New Year’s was spent getting ready for our Professional Development day on Blended Learning scheduled for January 6. Stacy was all set to fly in and lead the day with an Aleks presentation in the afternoon for math teachers and Compass Learning Odyssey presenting for the science teacher in the afternoon. All the seventh and eighth grade math and science teachers attended, even though we are only launching with eighth grade this school year.
One of the advantages of blended learning is that it offers students the ability to move at their own pace. In order to give our students more control over their learning we also allow them to move fluidly between subjects so that they take responsibility for their learning by managing their time.
The way this works in general terms is that for a large block of time every morning students choose one of four classrooms: the math classroom, the science classroom, the english/writing classroom or the social studies classroom. As a result, students from various grades in our middle school ( and some of our stronger fifth grade students have joined this model as well) may find themselves in the same classroom, often for extended periods of time.