Blended Learning Structures

"Blended learning is the engine that can power personalized and competency-based learning."

Blended Learning is...

1. Any formal education program in which a student is learning at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.

2. The student learns at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.

3. The modalities along each student's learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

definition from Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

by Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker

Differentiated Instruction

"...involves assessing student knowledge in a given content area, and then using a variety of strategies to create effective curriculum that is, in effect, individualized. Designing curriculum of varied complexity, using different grouping strategies, and modifying outcome and product expectation, tailoring delivery, and providing tiered projects are all critical elements in differentiating instruction." (page 39)

"Differentiating instruction is the key to reaching all students." (page 40)

from Blended Learning in Grades 4-12

by Catlin Tucker

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Lesson Design: A Process for Personalization

“How can I personalize what I must teach to meet the individual needs of my students?”

blended ≠ stations

Blended is a mindshift and it is a lesson design philosophy. Every day is a “blended day” in English 1 this year.

Birdville blended is more personalized learning for students based on individual student data, interests and needs.

The following process illustrates how each of the Birdville Blended Pillars work together to design personalized learning.


First and foremost, assigning students to stations should be based on data. Pre-assessment data is gathered BEFORE you have taught the standard at all. Formative assessment is when you assess AFTER you have taught the standard in order to find out level of mastery and understanding for every student. Because this data is informing your station assignments, not all students will need the same stations or the same amount of time in each station. The key to successful stations implementation is efficient and frequent assessment of your students so that you have accurate data for each student to be able to individualize their learning.

Station work can be...

1. online, personalized learning (Membean, NoRedInk, flipped videos)

2. reading (small literature groups, partner annotating, individual silent reading, audio-supported individual reading)

3. writing (pre-writing, drafting, revising, writing groups, editing, publishing)

4. teacher directed instruction/support (conferencing, guided practice, goal setting, data check, application, or extension)

5. student demonstration of learning (application and extension stations)

The resources that follow are specific examples of facilitating student learning in stations.

Canvas Supports Online Learning

A learning management system such as Canvas can support blended learning by extending the learning beyond the wall of the classroom and facilitating personalized learning. Canvas can serve as the delivery method for seamless access to a variety of online resources. Here are some examples of the types of student learning that can be facilitated through Canvas.

  1. Online Discussions
  2. Notes and Assignments Posted Online
  3. Collaborative Group Work
  4. Flipped Assignments
  5. Blogging

Online Tools Support Personalized Learning

Online learning can support personalized learning by engaging students in content at their specific learning level. All blended classrooms have Membean and NoRedInk to support student skill development.

Flipping Your Classroom

Creating or curating videos enables students to interact with content and learning in a personalized way. Students can pause, re-wind, and fast-forward as they are experiencing learning. Videos that embed questioning, reflection, discussion forums, or other types of response will heighten the engagement and reinforce learning.

Hear from the co-founder of the Flipped Classroom movement, Jon Bergmann, by engaging in the videos and podcasts embedded below.

"It [blended learning] can free up teachers to become learning designers, mentors, facilitators, tutors, evaluators, and counselors to reach each student in ways never before possible."

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What are some different ways to personalize station work?

lexile levels: using Star360 data, look at lexiles for texts and group students by different texts that are accessible for them based on data

SIOP strategies: ELLs need station work with embedded visuals, shorter directions, recorded directions with modeling, simple synonyms given with complex concepts, and careful grouping based on TELPAS levels