Crafting the Student Experience
Blended Learning October 2023
Designing the student experience so that every learner believes they belong in the learning community.
A Self-Paced Classroom sets up the conditions for a teacher to meet student needs at a pace where students are in the learning process while freeing the teacher to be able to meet in small groups to close learning gaps.
This learning environment frontloads the content to the students through multiple modalities. The students learn the content at a pace that meets their learning preferences. For example, some students need to be presented the content once and they got it. Other students may need to have the ability to return to the content multiple times. As the teacher, you still have control of the situation as you present the content and the deadline to know the content. How students learn the content is in control of the students, and this builds up their student agency.
The second way a Self-Paced Classroom meets students needs is that the teacher is now available to meet with students individually or in small groups. During this time with students, the teacher can provide direct instruction, close learning gaps, mentor students with academic and non-academic goals, and offer individual feedback conferences on student goals, progress, and mastery of goals.
A Self-Paced Classroom is your solution to improved student outcomes!
The videos below can help consider the factors for you to consider when crafting your 5E playlist to help you with your self-paced classroom.
Check out our Instructional Technology website for more information!
Technology-Rich, Safe, Secure Learning Environments
GOOGLE WORKSPACE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES
🚨New Google Classroom Feature Alert!🚨
Read Along helps children have fun while they learn to read. This app listens to the student read aloud, offers assistance when they struggle, and rewards them when they do well- guiding them along as they progress. A great reading practice tool right in Google Classroom! Available K-5.
✨100s of Stories
✨Earn stars & badges
✨Fiction & non-fiction
In your Google Classroom,
- Select "Create"
- Select "Assignment"
- Select "Read Along"
- Follow the prompts to find stories just right for your students.
Watch this 2-minute demo of Read Along in the video below.
HARDWARE & SOFTWARE
💥Thank You to all librarians and librarian assistants in preparing and disseminating the student's Chromebooks! You are Super Hero's!
K-5 students will learn fundamentals, best practices, and safety risks.
✨ Computer fundamentals!
✨ Online safety & Digital citizenship!
All WISD Educators
Online courses will return for the 2023-2024 school year.
UTeach PD Coming Soon!
✨ Foundations of Blended Learning
✨ Advanced Blended Learning
✨ Personalized, Blended Learning🆕
Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning Coming Soon!
✨Google Slides Masterclass
👉PLCs with Cohort 3 Teachers
- 2nd-4th Grade Teachers: Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 8-3:30, Airport Elementary
- Kinder & 1st Grade Teachers: Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 8-3:30, Airport Elementary
💥Thank You to Monica Vanderveer and her team at Cleckler Heald for hosting our 1st Six Week's RBL PLCs.
💥Thank You to Ida Cuadra and her team at Airport for hosting our 2nd Six Week's RBL PLCs in October.
💥Thank You to Selma Gutierrez and her team at Sam Houston Elementary for hosting our RBL Saturday Sessions during the months of September-November.
UTeach PD Participants
UTeach continues to support your blended learning goals with monthly (optional) check-ins.
Available to those that completed a UTeach blended learning course.
Links to Past Professional Learning Experiences
Instructional Technology Department
We are available to offer assistance.